Like many other wonderful projects, Keep The Beat Alive was born out of a chance encounter between a respected Tour Manager in the music industry and a Harvard educated cardiologist.
Chris Musgrave, best known for his work as a Tour Manager, Audio Engineer, and outspoken advocate for better working conditions for touring professionals, was passing through Wilmington, NC., while on tour with the band, Fuel, when he suffered his third heart attack. He was rushed to the hospital and was assigned to interventional cardiologist, Dr. Damian Brezinski. Although the two had known each other through previous run-ins regarding the music industry (Dr. Brezinski matriculated at music school while attending Harvard Medical School, in addition to chairing music charities and working for Pollstar Magazine), this was the first medical encounter of the two. Chris' condition required three stents that day. Over the course of his recuperation in the ICU, Chris discussed with Dr. Brezinski the merits of a music charity that prevented premature cardiac death in touring professionals. Out of those conversations Keep The Beat Alive was born.
Keep The Beat Alive is a 501(c)3 non profit dedicated to eliminating premature cardiac death in touring professionals. Through education, training and aggressive utilization of health care services Keep The Beat Alive hopes to significantly cut the incidence of cardiac death.
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