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Performances at the Rock for Love event are helping Memphians

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Musicians are performing at the Rock of Love event. Musicians are performing at the Rock of Love event.
Musician Kirk Whalum is using this event as his way to give back to the community. Musician Kirk Whalum is using this event as his way to give back to the community.
Other performers are playing at the event sponsored by the Church Health Center. Other performers are playing at the event sponsored by the Church Health Center.

(WMC-TV) - Music at Overton Park Saturday is aimed at helping patients afford quality health care.

Over 600,000 uninsured people are scattered throughout the state of Tennessee. Here in the Mid-South, many of them are musicians.

Kirk Whalum played at the Rock for Love event this 2013 year. Whalum has a passion for music and for helping others. He believes in supporting a cause will aid many fellow musicians.

"It is embarrassing to think how many musicians don't have any choice but to go and seek out healthcare in non traditional places," stated Whalum.

According to Whalum, that's where the Church Health Center comes into play.

However, the insurance provided by the Church Health Center is not just for musicians. Rather, it is for people in the Bluff City who do not have access to health insurance or proper health care.

"Health care is one the big gigantic pieces that, if it's missing, it effects all of life," stated Whalym.

Whalum said he knows how hard it is to make ends meet...let alone pay for health insurance.

"(Musicians) bring such joy. Many of them teach and they share their lives...but they don't possess those things that make for a healthy life," continued Whalym.

Many of those musicians are giving back this weekend by playing at the benefit concerts. This is their way of saying 'thank you'.

Ann Pitts, the Executive Director of the Levitt Shell, knows how many musicians need the assistance and the resources they receive right here in Memphis.

"They really do reach very, very far into the music community here in Memphis. We're one of the essential organizations for musicians here in Memphis and really a very important part of that," stated Pitts.

Now, through music, musicians are giving back in the hopes that someday everyone will have access to health care.

"I don't understand why it is like that. But, until it changes, there is the Church Health Center.," explained Pitts.

Now, under a new health care law which starts October 1st, people who do not have health insurance provided by their job can go online to shop for a private plan. They can also find out they qualify for a tax credit.

By January 1st, virtually everyone will be required to have coverage or face fines.

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