Music Health Alliance Adds Carla Denham As Chief External Relations Officer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Music Health Alliance (MHA), recently honored with the 2021 CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award, announced today the addition of Carla Denham in the newly created role of Chief External Relations Officer. Denham joins this incredible 12-person team of advocates who have worked tirelessly over the last nine year to support the physical and mental health needs of America’s music community.

Denham joins founder and CEO Tatum AllsepShelia Shipley Biddy, CFO and Certified Senior Advisor;  Nikki Black, Vice President Programs & Policy; Taylor McLeod, Sr. Director of Advocacy & Insurance; Colleen Hoagland, Project Manager; Bonita Allen, Sr. Director of Group Health, who will now focus on group health exclusively;  Erin Lancaster, Manager of Client & Advocate Support; Suzanne Berg, Manager of Advocacy & Insurance Denise Roberts, Manager of Advocacy & Insurance, Sophia Rhoades, Manager of Advocacy & Insurance, Suzanne Spooner-Faulk, Financial Administrator and Executive Assistant to the CFO and Laura Flagler Crowell, Executive Administrator to the CEO. This powerhouse team will continue to assist more than 18,000 music industry professionals with the entire spectrum of their healthcare needs, ranging from assistance with medical bills or physical and mental health guidance that includes finding doctors or prescription medicine, finding financial grants while recovering from a serious health issue, affordable health insurance, or answers to Medicare questions.

“We are thrilled for Carla to fill this critical new position at MHA,” shares Allsep. “As the Chief External Relations Officer, Carla will be focused on discovering new resources and creating greater awareness about the organization. Her professional career has culminated into a perfect fit for this role allowing the MHA team to continue to expand our ability to serve the health needs of music professionals across the nation.”

A veteran in the purpose-driven brand business, Denham has led and/or grown brand marketing agencies in Tennessee, California, and Hawaii, including Rowland Worldwide, a division of Saatchi-Saatchi, one of the world’s largest marketing/advertising agencies. Led by a passion for mission-focused work that impacts lives, she has led strategic and creative campaigns to support brands such as World Vision, Feed the Children, Soles4Souls, Max Lucado, Sarah Young, TWR, Awana, Metro World Child, HarperCollins, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Cooper Industries, Jennie Allen, Philips Electronics, Magnavox, Shoney’s, Gymboree, and Chick-fil-A.

A journalism graduate of San Diego State University, Denham is the recipient of numerous marketing and creative awards including the prestigious 2011 MarCom Award and 2012 Communicator Award for global marketing. She is a member of the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and advisory board for The Franklin Theatre.

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Based in Nashville, MHA has provided free healthcare advocacy and support to more than 18,000 music industry members across 49 states in the non-profit’s first nine years – songwriters, musicians, performers, producers, engineers, venue operators, artist managers, agents, publishers, business managers, and more – by providing access to medicine, mental health resources, COVID-19 relief, diagnostic tests, lifesaving transplants, end of life care and many other necessary services, saving more than $85,000,000 in healthcare costs for the nationwide music community in less than a decade. Entirely funded through grants and individual and corporate donations, financial support from the music community is critical to continue MHA’s advocacy and free services. For every $1 donation, MHA is able to provide $30 in life-saving healthcare resources to Heal The Music. In response to the pandemic, Music Health Alliance’s COVID-19 Relief Plan was created to provide direct support for the immediate needs of music industry professionals and their families during this public health crisis through relief grants, simplified solutions and a comprehensive database of resources. MHA fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis and removes obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for three or more years or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life.

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