Music Health Alliance (MHA), named to Billboard’s Country Power Players list in 2019 and highlighted as Activists in 2020’s Billboard Women in Music list, elevates four of the team’s advocates who have worked tirelessly over the last year and more to support the physical and mental health needs of America’s music community during this critical time in our industry.
- Bonita Allen is promoted to Sr. Director of Group Health & Advocacy
- Nikki Black is promoted to Sr. Director of Advocacy, Insurance & Policy
- Erin Lancaster is promoted to Manager of Client & Advocate Support
- Jackie Proffit is promoted to Manager of Advocacy & Insurance
The newly promoted staff, along with Founder and COO Tatum Allsep, COO and Certified Senior Advisor Shelia Shipley Biddy, Sr. Director of Advocacy & Insurance Taylor McLeod and Project Manager Colleen Hoagland, will continue to assist more than 15,000 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.
In addition, Suzanne Berg and Suzanne Spooner-Faulk have recently joined the non-profit’s incredible all female, 10-person team.
Berg joins MHA today as Manager of Advocacy & Insurance, having previously worked in marketing and promotions at Elektra Records, Verve Records and iHeart Media. She can be reached at SBerg@musichealthalliance.
Spooner-Faulk, Financial Administrator and Executive Assistant to MHA COO Shelia Shipley Biddy, came on board in late 2020 with an extensive background in music and theater, including prior stops at Tom-Leis music publishing, rpm management, CDX and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She can be reached at Suzanne@
“I am proud to see how our team has responded during this pandemic that has shaken our musical foundation,” says Shipley Biddy. “As the health needs of our industry increase, so does the need for personnel who can address those issues. Suzanne Berg and Suzanne Spooner-Faulk both have unique skills and the attitude needed to support their particular responsibilities at MHA. Spooner-Faulk’s attention to detail and organizational skills strengthen our admin department. Berg’s caring heart and outgoing personality and music industry experience provide the perfect foundation for a new advocate. They are a perfect fit for our MHA family.”
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Based in Nashville, MHA has provided free healthcare advocacy and support to more than 15,000 music industry members across 48 states in the non-profit’s first eight 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 $60,000,000 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.