Back in March 2010, music lost one of its greats when Alex Chilton of Big Star passed away. Chilton’s legacy lives on through his influence on acts like R.E.M., Cheap Trick and Wilco. His music has also made an impact on a number of North Carolina artists, many of whom will come together on Friday, May 28 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC to celebrate Chilton’s life and music. read more
Anyone who follows FMC's work knows that one of our core issues is ensuring musicians have access to health insurance and affordable health care. That's why we're happy to pass along some information to musicians in the NYC area about an upcoming voice screening being organized by MusiCares. read more
You may have heard that Big Star leader Alex Chilton passed away on March 17 — a few days before a scheduled appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Chilton was the premier architect of a musical style that came to be known as "power-pop," and his work with Big Star influenced tons of acts, from Cheap Trick to R.E.M. to the Replacements to Wilco. Though the band didn't sell a ton of records when they were originally together, they left an indelible mark on rock 'n' roll, and their legacy looms large over pretty much anyone with a guitar and half a sense of melody. (Chilton had a whole sense. And then some.) read more
A bigger worry for musicians, on top of simply getting paid, is finding a way to deal with medical costs. Nonprofit group the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) recently launched a new online survey on health insurance and musicians, with polling set to close April 1. In a previous survey, held in 2002, 44% of the nearly 2,700 respondents said they did not have health insurance, compared with 14% of the overall population in the 2000 census. Of the 1,368 respondents who did have health insurance, 25% bought it themselves, not through an employer.
It’s that time of year again. No, not spring (although DC has finally warmed up a bit). We’re talking South By Southwest season — when artists, music biz-types and fans of all stripes converge on Austin, Texas for a week of live music, focused conversation and general debauchery. FMC is gathering up our SXSW survival gear; maybe we’ll even see you there. But that’s not all we’re up to — read on for the details.
Taking the Pulse: Musicians and Health Insurance survey
Catch FMC at SXSW!
Musicians Bringing Musicians Home VI: benefit for New Orleans artists
Super-ultra-final last chance to plug in on net neutrality at the FCC!
If I Ruled the Blogosphere: Hip-Hop Blogs & Social Change panel in DC
Erin McKeown on the Public Performance Right
Reminder: Brian Zisk’s Future of Money conference & SanFran MusicTech summit
Alex Maiolo has worked with The Future of Music Coalition for almost nine years, primarily focusing on the health insurance crisis as it relates to the working musician. In addition, Alex plays in various bands, including the psych-pop outfit Violet Vector & The Lovely Lovelies and ambient/clo-core staple Hi Fi Sky. He is a partner with an insurance agency in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Insurance as it relates to the artist, studio owner and musician is all part of a typical day's tasks.read more
Back in September, we took a good, hard look at the health care crisis in the music community. The handy stat back then came from a survey conducted by the Future of Music Coalition in 2002; it was that 44% of working musicians lived without access to adequate health care, because they were either un- or under-insured. In part one of that investigation, we heard stories directly from musicians, and examined the widespread problem also with help from Alex Maiolo, a health insurance specialist who helps musicians navigate the insurance landscape through a free, non-profit, non-partisan program set by the FMC called HINT (Health Insurance Navigation Tool). In part two, we zoomed out a little, and examined the political situation at the time, offering a sort of glossary to help people understand what the power-holders are talking about, again with input from Alex Maiolo and other sources.
FMC has embarked upon a follow-up survey of musicians regarding their health insurance status. Are you a musician? Are any of your friends or family members currently working musicians? If so, you might want to take the survey. The more we know about the situation, the better able we are to address it… So stand up and be counted!
It's hard to believe that its been eight years since FMC's original survey on musicians and health insurance. That oft-cited study, published in 2002, showed that 44 percent of working musicians did not have insurance. One of the barriers, besides cost, was that the topic is difficult to wrap your mind around. To help demystify the issue, we created the Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) — a free program that offers jargon-free information to musicians seeking to learn more about their health insurance options. read more