Austin, Texas.  On Wednesday March 18, 2009 Austin’s SIMS FOUNDATION will be awarded the 2008 Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocate Award for their tireless efforts in providing low-cost mental health services to musicians and their families.

Cindi Lazzari was a well-known and well-respected music attorney in Austin, Texas. Cindi spent much of her time passionately and tirelessly fighting on behalf of artists’ rights. In 2007, Cindi lost her long fight against cancer. The Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (TESLAW) posthumously recognized Cindi’s efforts by creating the Cindi Lazzari Artist Advocate Award in her honor. The award is presented each year to an individual or entity in Texas which goes far beyond the call of duty in efforts to assist artists in the music business.

The SIMS FOUNDATION is named for Austin recording artist, Sims Ellison, and provides low-cost counseling and other mental health services tailored specifically to the needs of musicians and their families. Nearly 1,500 musicians have bettered their lives through SIMS’ services. TESLAW is proud to honor the organization for its efforts.

For more information on the SIMS FOUNDATION click here.

For more information on TESLAW click here.