Recent Press

December 12, 2022

The Musician Treatment Foundation (MTF) assists in delivering free and low-cost surgical and nonsurgical care for the shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries of uninsured and underinsured professional musicians. Kevin Connor talks with MTF founder Dr. O. Alton Barron about the work of the foundation and the growing number of Physicians for Musicians around the country. Sun Radio also conducted a brief conversation with one of the musicians who received treatment from MTF, Nick Adamo.

Listen to the interviews with Dr. Barron and Nick Adamo here.

November 28, 2022

Peter Attia sits down with Alton Barron who breaks down the anatomy of the upper extremities and discusses the most common injuries associated with this area of the body. He explains in detail how he examines the shoulder, elbow, and hand to find the source of the pain and lays out the non-surgical and surgical treatment options as well as the factors that determine whether surgery is appropriate. Additionally, Dr. Barron describes the surgical procedures that, when done appropriately, can lead to tremendous reduction of pain and improvement in function.

August 24, 2022

“Elvis Costello will headline a benefit concert for the nonprofit Musician Treatment Foundation on Dec. 2 at ACL Live, with special guests including Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, plus musical director Charlie Sexton.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday via Ticket prices have not yet been announced. Special “premium benefactor” tickets, $250-$2,500, are on sale now via

Also on the bill is Allan Mayes, a longtime Costello friend and collaborator. T Bone Burnett, who produced Costello’s 1986 album, “King of America,” will produce the concert, which is titled “King of America & Other Realms.” More guest performers will be announced soon.”

Read more on the Austin American-Statesman Website

August 22, 2022

“Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello is coming to ACL Live at the Moody Theater in December to fundraise for the Musician Treatment Foundation, the Austin and NYC based nonprofit that provides surgery and medical care for musicians experiencing issues with their hands, shoulders, and elbows.

The King of America & Other Realms show is produced by midas-touch musician T Bone Burnett and counts Austin’s Charlie Sexton, who has been playing guitar in Costello’s band for the last year, as its musical director. The benefit concert, happening December 2, also features performances from Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal plus longtime Austin-resident Allan Mayes, who co-helmed the folk rock band Rusty with a teenage Costello (then known as D.P. MacManus) in the early Seventies. Rusty reunited this summer for an astonishingly overdue debut album The Resurrection of Rust. There are more performers to be announced, including one that has headlined the downtown venue by themselves.”

Read more on the Austin Chronicle website

November 13, 2021

If you like classical music AND football or sports of any kind, it’s not that far afield for you to imagine musicians are like pro athletes. They suffer the same type of injuries but don’t make the same kind of money to treat those injuries. In comes the Musician Treatment Foundation founded by Dr. Alton Barron, which treats musicians for little or no money.


Listen here.

July 29, 2021

From Musician Treatment Foundation, this month’s Get Involved spotlight organization:


The Musician Treatment Foundation was founded in 2017 with the primary mission of helping uninsured and underinsured professional musicians access essential orthopedic care for their shoulders, elbows, and hands at little or no cost. Common shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries and problems that don’t prevent most of us from continuing to work can stop musicians from making music, making a living, and supporting their families. The foundation helps with surgical and nonsurgical care through its Physicians for Musicians network of skilled orthopedic surgeons to keep the music playing for us all.

Musicians bring beauty and song to the world, but the majority cannot subsist from just making music, and many live below the poverty line. When they lack health insurance or what they have is inadequate, a musician’s prospects seem dim in the face of the costs of specialized orthopedic surgery, the time away from playing for recovery, and the loss of income throughout. Without help or insurance, an injury — whether from accidental trauma or repetitive stress — can easily mark the end of a musician’s career. The Musician Treatment Foundation strives to identify musicians in need, physicians willing to provide care at no cost to the musicians, and funding to cover the related costs, such as anesthesia, devices, equipment, medicine, and surgical facilities. Professional musicians who need help with care for shoulders, elbows, or hands may contact MTF here to see if we can help.

Read more here.

July 23, 2021

Like the SIMS Foundation, the Musicians Treatment Foundation aims to facilitate free and low-cost health care for uninsured/underinsured players – specifically targeting the hand, shoulder, and elbow issues pro musicians endure after spending years on the road. This pair of interlinked benefits intends to raise funds and awareness for the organization. The party begins at Parker Jazz Club on Friday, with a ripping lineup headed by fusion guitar star Mike Stern, who cut an album with Austin’s Eric Johnson a few years back, and eclectic saxist Bill Evans, with whom Stern played in Miles Davis’ early-Eighties comeback band. Given the dearth of touring jazz acts to our city and the intimacy of Parker Jazz Club, expect this one to sell out.

July 14, 2021

Grammy-winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Sarah Jarosz will headline a July 24 outdoor concert at the Long Center Terrace and Lawn benefiting the Musician Treatment Foundation.

Colvin, who lives in Austin, and Jarosz, who grew up in Wimberley and now lives in Nashville, will each play 30-minute sets to cap a three-hour event that begins at 7 p.m. Jarosz also will play with Colvin during her set. Renowned producer-instrumentalist John Leventhal, who has produced albums for both Colvin and Jarosz, will accompany both of them…

July 25, 2020

The Musician Treatment Foundation helps to heal musicians suffering from the kind of repetitive stress injuries that make it harder, if not impossible, to practice their craft, including injuries to the shoulder, elbow and hand. Founded by Dr. O. Alton Barron in October of 2017, the non-profit MTF has already provided more than a million dollars worth of surgical and non-surgical care to area musicians. On the latest episode of the Sun Radio Regional Report, Kevin Connor talks with Dr. Barron about the work of MTF. You can hear that conversation here. And be sure and check out their livestream benefit concert featuring Elvis Costello and Shawn Colvin on their website through July 26.

March 19, 2019

Since MTF’s establishment in Austin last year, it’s provided $565,000 worth of free medical care to musicians—making it just the latest organization to try to crack the city’s musician welfare problem. But even with its growing Rolodex of do-gooders, the Live Music Capital of the World is still struggling to keep the show going. Affordability continues to be an ongoing issue—one that’s hardly confined to Austin’s musicians—and consistent streams of revenue have been difficult for artists to access, especially in the era of digital streaming and low music sales. According to HAAM’s most recent reports, more than 60 percent of its members are barely making enough money to get by every month.