A new Future Of Music Coalition study “Taking the Pulse” found that, of the 1,451 musicians who responded, 33% said they do not have health insurance. This is nearly twice the national average of 17% uninsured, as estimated by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (pdf of full report here.)
Today’s post is by Future of Music Coalition’s Alex Maiolo, project manager for our Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) program. Alex is also a musician based in North Carolina. Photo credit: Olivia Hjermitslev.]
Ever been to a show that just completely blew you away on all levels? I just attended one. Even better, I got to perform at it.
On Friday, May 28, The Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina hosted “Thank You Friend: A Tribute To Alex Chilton.” Local musicians from the area’s legendary scene hit the stage at 8pm, playing ten-minute sets(!!) up ’til 11:30 to remember Chilton’s music and raise money for Future of Music Coalition’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) project. I’m always proud to represent HINT on behalf of FMC. And I was equally delighted to take part in honoring Chilton, one of my all-time favorite artists whose work with Big Star influenced more musicians than you can shake a Telecaster at, myself included.
Earlier this week, the Future of Music Coalition approached the tricky subject of musician health care, a quickly-changing area. At its DC Policy Day symposium on Tuesday, the group assembled a trio of knowledgeable health care professionals dedicated to helping artists. Complete coverage of that session can be found here, with video and live notes here. read more
Remember back in March 2010 when we told you about FMC’s “Taking the Pulse” survey, which aimed to find out how many musicians currently have health insurance, how they’re covered, and if not, the reasons why?
Well, we’re done crunching the numbers and we’ve published the study. You can read the executive summary and the full report here.
“Taking the Pulse” found that, of the 1,451 respondents, 33 percent said they do not have health insurance. This is nearly twice the national average of 17 percent uninsured, as estimated by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Washington, D.C.— Musician education, research and advocacy non-profit organization Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has published its findings from a survey of musicians’ access to health insurance, which was conducted in March 2010.
The “Taking the Pulse” survey found that, of the 1,451 respondents, 33 percent said they do not have health insurance. This is nearly twice the national average of 17 percent uninsured, as estimated by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Executive summary and full report available here: http://www.futureofmusic.org/article/research/taking-pulse-survey-health-insurance-and-musicians read more
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.