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MusiCares Sober Jam

Presented by the SIMS Foundation at Gibson Guitar Showroom

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The MusiCares® Sober Jam is a monthly event presented by MusiCares and their local affiliate partners The SIMS Foundation, Gibson Brands, Inc., and DeMaris Entertainment, offering musicians an opportunity to perform in a safe and sober environment. 

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On average, we host 160 attendees with 20-30 musicians performing in one evening which requires proper staffing, insurance, permits etc…  Gibson has been generous to donate the use of their venue & equipment, and we are grateful for what limited budget MusiCares and SIMS are able to contribute.  Our company, DeMaris Entertainment, by default absorbs the additional costs which amount to roughly $600 - $800 per month. We are grateful for donations of any amount.  

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It all started when...

The MusiCares Sober Jam was founded in 2006 as a partnership between MusiCares and Gibson Guitar, produced by Brandon DeMaris of DeMaris Entertainment. Over the past decade, the event has featured hundreds of local musicians facing stage fright & performance anxiety, many whom performed for the first time ever and/or for the first time sober at the Sober Jam. A special thanks to our local presenting sponsor, The SIMS Foundation, who offers mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians, music industry professionals, and their families.