Music Health Alliance is music’s resource for healthcare solutions and access. In 2006, Tatum Allsep, MHA’s founder, began documenting the music industry’s need for healthcare support while working with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn), and the Country Music Association to co-found Sound Healthcare as a way to bring health insurance to the music industry. As this for-profit company grew so did the need for healthcare advocacy, especially for those with pre-existing conditions, mounting medical bills and insufficient health insurance. Health insurance, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies were reporting record profits while the music industry was in a steady financial decline, so Tatum stepped away from the for-profit business world, sold her interest in Sound Healthcare and worked to find a solution to the rapidly growing problem that was negatively impacting the industry that had become her family. Armed with years of research, a personal story and intense passion, Tatum developed a new model of healthcare support that simplified the process of healthcare access while also removing the profit motive. This new and unique concept allowed the focus of the healthcare solution to be based solely on the client and their specific needs in a safe and trusted environment. Music Health Alliance launched to the public in January of 2013. Our services have grown with the tremendous help of Kimberly Dunn and Shelia Shipley Biddy. In almost 5 years, we have served 5,700 music industry professionals and their families, and secured over $17 million in health care cost reductions to Heal the Music.
Music Health Alliance’s mission is to Heal the Music by providing access to healthcare through services that PROTECT, DIRECT & CONNECT music professionals with medical and financial solutions.
Music Health Alliance’s vision is to create a safe and confidential place for the music community to gain the very best healthcare and health insurance solutions through defined and transparent advocacy services with an emphasis on the prevention of illness and overall wellness.
Tatum Hauck Allsep
Tatum is a native of South Mississippi, an honors graduate of Vanderbilt University and a twenty year veteran of the music industry. Her career includes six years with MCA Records, artist management for the legendary Americana band, The Derailers, and the launch of the first-ever Vanderbilt Medical Center/ Children’s Hospital Music Industry Relations Department. There she pioneered a number of impactful programs including Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids, Project Paper Doll, Musicians On Call, and CMA Sound Healthcare. Tatum co-founded Sound Healthcare, an expansion of CMA Sound Healthcare and a for-profit business created to bring health insurance and advocacy to members of music trade organizations. This for-profit company provided Tatum with a first-hand look into the growing need for a full service healthcare advocacy firm to protect and serve the music community without a profit motive. After a years of research and development, Tatum founded Music Health Alliance, a non-profit organization designed to provide solutions to the immense need for affordable healthcare access to the music industry. Through MHA, Tatum initiated a new model of healthcare support that removed the profit motive from health insurance, while providing a wide range of healthcare resource options to an often overlooked and exposed demographic. Tatum is the 2014 recipient of the Tennessee Healthcare Innovation Award from the US Council on Workforce Innovation. She was named a 2015 and 2016 Healthcare Hero by the Nashville Business Journal. She is a graduate of Leadership Music and has participated on the boards of The Deanna Glossup Foundation, MS Society’s Dinner of Champions, Musicians On Call, and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College Alumni Board of Directors. She has also been a mentor for Team Leukemia, co-chairman of the 10th Annual SOURCE Awards, an advisory board member of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, Founder’s Committee and Advisory Board of Project Paper Doll and Stop Domestic Violence Educator/Speaker. She’s a member of CMA, ACM, NARAS and the AMA. Tatum is married to the love of her life and has three young children.
Shelia Shipley Biddy
COO/Certified Senior Advisor ®
Individual Insurance & Medicare
With over 4 decades of diverse music industry experience and a continued passion for the well being of music and its makers, Shelia is the perfect advocate for the music industry. Her career began in an entry-level position at the legendary Monument Records (home to Roy Orbison, Larry Gatlin and Kris Kristofferson). Over the next eight years, she worked her way up the ranks of RCA and MCA to become Vice President of Promotion at MCA and most notably, the first woman to sit at the helm of a major record label in Music City. During her tenure with MCA, the label was named Country Label of the Year seven times by Billboard Magazine, three times by R&R Magazine, and the promotion department garnered over 137 # 1 singles under her leadership. Shelia went on to become senior vice president and general manager of Decca Records, another first for a woman in Nashville. Decca’s roster included Mark Chesnutt, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Rhett Akins, Chris Knight, and others. Shelia has continued to leave a positive mark on music as an artist manager and partner with Hallmark Direction Company and as President of Flying Island Entertainment. Shelia was voted Gavin Magazine’s Country Promotion Vice President of the Year on three occasions, and Nashville Life Magazine named her on of Nashville’s Top 25 Most Influential Women. She was presented with the Country Radio Broadcasters President’s Award recognizing her significant contribution to the marketing, production, growth and development of the Country Radio Seminar and the services that CRB provides to the country radio and music communities. In 2012, she was inducted into the SOURCE Hall of Fame, an organization she co-founded in 1991 to support female executives in the Nashville music industry. She is a 1992 Alumni and past President of Leadership Music. She has served on the Boards of Country Radio Broadcasters, Leadership Music, Academy of Country Music, NARAS, Nashville Film Commission, and the Music Industry Retirement Center. She is also a member of Brentwood Baptist Church. Shelia has been married to music publisher, Ken Biddy, for over 20 years and together they share a blended family of five children and five grandchildren. Shelia’s addition to the MHA team is like coming home. In addition to utilizing her executive experience to develop the operations of MHA, she is implementing the MHA Senior Care programs and services for the family she has been a part of for almost forty years.
Director of Group Insurance
Kim has played an integral role in the development of MHA’s proprietary advocacy and health insurance networks. She has been a long time music industry executive who began her career with MCA Records in 1995 quickly excelling up the corporate ranks to become the Label of the Decade’s Southeast Director of Promotion. During Kim’s tenure at MCA she was responsible for numerous #1 and top 10 hits on the Billboard Country Chart. Kim has also been successful a small business owner and entrepreneur. She joined the team of Sound Healthcare in 2008 where she gained health insurance knowledge and rose to a senior level position before leaving to following her passion for service work with Music Health Alliance. Kim is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has been happily married to her husband Roger for almost two decades. They have three young children.
Director of Advocacy & Insurance
A native Nashvillian, Taylor comes to Music Health Alliance with a B.S. in Economics from Pepperdine University and an MBA with a concentration in global and domestic healthcare from Johns Hopkins University. Passionate about economic development and healthcare, her move to MHA was a natural fit and her background with intensive experience in both the non-profit and international space brings a unique perspective to the organization. Her non-profit global perspective includes her previous employment at the Sodexo Foundation, extensive project management comparing global health systems and has been responsible for securing non-profit investment internationally, totaling more than $20 million. Even more interestingly, her fit at MHA is reinforced by her unique and personal connection to the entertainment industry, being directly related to a life-long music industry professional.
Director of Advocacy, Insurance & Client Services
Bonita joins MHA with over 36 years of entertainment experience. Bonita was born and raised in Los Angeles where she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her first job was in Los Angeles as receptionist for legendary producer, Snuff Garrett. Several years with BMI and MCA Music Publishing followed before producer Kyle Lehning offered her a job pitching songs for his publishing company in Nashville. After moving to Nashville in the late ‘80s, Bonita continued to work in music publishing while gaining credits as a professional actor with recurring roles in television, film and theater. She was named Director of Creative Services for Bluewater Music and worked with veteran songwriters Danny O’Keefe, Jim Lauderdale, Kim Richey and Sandy Knox. Her concurrent work as a voice over artist led to a career in broadcasting including stints on the radio as a traffic/news reporter for Westwood One as well as doing radio promotion for independent artists. Bonita is thrilled to have the opportunity help make a difference to the creative community with the Music Health Alliance.
Director of Advocacy, Insurance & Marketing
Hailing from California, Allison brings a diverse background from both the music and marketing industries to Music Health Alliance. For the almost a decade, Allison’s career has been focused on digital marketing, strategy & brand management with clients ranging from real estate firms to eCommerce to Grammy winning recording artists across the nation. It was long-time friend Rodney Crowell who introduced Allison to Music Health Alliance, and the connection was instant. Allison’s work has always been fueled by her compassion for helping others no matter what industry, so she jumped in as a volunteer for Music Health Alliance securing sponsorships and assisting in the coordination of social and digital initiatives. This quickly led to a full-time position as MHA’s first Director of Advocacy & Marketing. Allison lives in East Nashville with her partner, their spontaneous toddler, and terrier-chihuahua rescue. She also plans to start sailing at Percy Priest lake and stand-up paddle boarding in lieu of her 15+ years of surfing in California.
A graduate of Trevecca University, Colleen Hoagland is a 20 years veteran of the Nashville music industry. Her career began as the publishing executive assistant for RCA/BMG before moving into artist management and then publicity with Forefront Records. These experiences led Colleen to the international marketing division of EMI Christian Music where she was instrumental in developing their first international publicity program. Today, Colleen co-owns CKP Lighting Inc. with her husband Keith. CPK offers lighting design, direction, and programing services for concerts, live performance, and corporate events. CPK has designed for artists of all genres including Jason Aldean, Lee Ann Rimes, Wynonna, The Judds, Usher, Jonas Brothers, Michael W. Smith, and Third Day. Colleen has a passion for women’s recovery and this is where her non-profit experience began. She joined Divine Art Toffee/Café and served on their Board of Directors. She also co-founded a support group for women in crisis and is an active volunteer for Al-Anon, Grace Chapel and her children’s schools. Now Colleen’s work with MHA ties the threads of her passion and life experience together to serve the music industry. Colleen lives with her husband and two children south of Nashville where she rides motorcycles and enjoys teatime with dear friends.
Board of Directors
MHA’s Board of Directors is made of a carefully assembled group of business leaders with years of non-profit BOD experience to collectively guide and help develop the strategic plans of MHA in support of its mission.
- President – Kris Wiatr, Wiatr & Associates, LLC
- Vice President/Past Board President – Jay Williams, William Morris/Endeavor Entertainment
- Treasurer – Earle Simmons, SunTrust Bank
- Secretary – Dr. Michael Allsep
- Todd Cayce, Richards & Southern
- Rodney Crowell, Songwriter/Recording Artist
- Christie Hauck – Founder, Christie Cookie Co., Christie Retail Group & Goozy
- Sandy Knox, Songwriter, Knox Creative
- Linda Edell Howard – Partner, Adams and Reese LLP
- Cindy Heath Hunt, Monarch Publicity
- John Lytle, Lytle Management
- Kristin Vanderkooi, Center for Elder Veteran Rights
- Rebecca Warner Strang – Philanthrophist
- Dr. Herman Williams – Chief Medical Officer, RegionalCare
- Tatum Allsep – Founder, Music Health Alliance (non-voting)
Advisory Board of Directors
A dedicated and diverse team of well respected music industry and healthcare executives has been assembled to guide MHA in the achievement of its mission and goals.
- Lori Badgett, City National Bank
- Ed Benson, Former CEO, CMA
- Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel, Recording Artist
- T-Bone Burnett, Producer
- Debbie Carroll, MusiCares
- John Carter Cash
- Heather Conley, Monarch Publicity
- Dub Cornett, Television Producer
- Holly Gleason, Music Critic, Journalist & Artist Development Consultant
- Bill Hearn, CEO, Capitol CMG
- Frank Liddell, Carnival Music
- Faith Quesenberry Malloy, Honor Music & Entertainment
- Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment
- Nina Miller, Music Rising
- Mike Mills, REM, Recording Artist
- Dr. Lauren Langley, PTSD Therapist
- Dr. Bob Ossoff, Vanderbilt Voice Center
- Jason Owen, Sandbox Entertainment
- Dr. Wright Pinson, Vanderbilt Medical Center
- Dr. Robert S. Quinn, Sterling Primary Care
- Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University
- Van Tucker, Nashville Fashion Alliance
- Dr. Michael Voight, Belmont University-School of PT
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