Throughout the month of September, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) will celebrate the fifth year of its popular Community Cinema program ? a monthly national screening series showcasing documentaries on compelling social issues from the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Community Cinema connects community-based organizations with independent film enthusiasts, youth and families by providing free screenings, discussions and resources on important social issues in association with public television stations in more than 50 cities around the country.
Washington, D.C.? National education, research and advocacy nonprofit organization Future of Music Coalition is pleased to announce its participation in a series of free community film screenings on issues of importance to musicians and the public.
[…]Thankfully, there are a number of organizations out there to help musicians secure insurance, whether they must buy it on their own or can take advantage of plans offered by various musician labor unions (like NARAS, BMI, ASCAP and the American Federation of Musicians) – though these typically do not cost much less than standard HMO plans. The most prominent of these is the Future of Music Coalition, whose Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) launched in 2005 to provide basic information about available options as well as a free telephone advice service staffed by insurance experts.
You may have already heard the news about the unfortunate death of multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Jay Bennett, whose talents graced the Wilco records Being There, Summerteeth and the seminal Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. (Bennett's departure from the band is partially documented in director Sam Jones' Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.) read more
Just wanted to let all you Austin-bound peeps that Alex Maiolo, project coordinator for FMC's Health Navigation Tool (HINT), will be at South By Southwest this year, rocking out and spreading the word about this free service for musicians. read more
Are you a musician living without health insurance?
You’re not alone. A 2010 FMC survey of 1,450 musicians found that 33 percent didn’t have insurance. This is lower than the 44 percent that responded to our 2002 survey, but still more than twice the amount of uninsured in the general public.
In 2005, FMC teamed up with Alex Maiolo and Chris Stephenson to create HINT – the Health Insurance Navigation Tool. HINT provides informed, musician-friendly support and advice to musicians who need information about health insurance, for free.
Things are heating up here at Future of Music Coalition, and it’s not because the air conditioning is broken. Planning for upcoming events, publishing new educational materials and prepping for a major CD release is thirsty work, but we’ll keep on doing it just for you.
We at Future of Music Coalition are happy its spring. For us, warmer weather means cherry blossoms, chirping birds and… road trips! We’re currently wrapping up our "What’s the Future for Musicians?" series, which informs New York State musicians on important topics at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. After that, we’ll settle in for a busy summer promoting our Rock the Net campaign (and plenty of other stuff). Read on for details.
"What’s the Future for Musicians?" educational seminars in New York State
HINT benefit concerts in honor of musician Drew Glackin
FMC Presents: Rock the Net CD
Podcast Interview Series: Peter Jenner
Policy Update: net neutrality
Composer’s Survey from Research Center for Arts & Culture
National Performing Arts Convention scholarship opportunity
Raleigh, NC ? Local music heroes will pay musical tribute to talented multi-instrumentalist Drew Glackin. The concerts take place at The Pour House Music Hall on Saturday, May 3, and Sadlack?s Heroes on Sunday, May 4.Glackin, who passed away in January, was a member of alt-country legends The Silos. In the course of a fruitful career, he also recorded or toured with Tandy, Gingersol, Susan Tedeschi, The Hold Steady and Chris Mills, among others. Like so many musicians, Glackin lacked health insurance. This not only prevented early detection of the thyroid condition that lead to his untimely death, but also resulted in a considerable financial burden for his family. The concerts also benefit Future of Music Coalition?s Health Insurance Navigation Tool, or HINT ? a free, musician-friendly service that offers artists the chance to examine their health insurance options with experts who are also musicians. read more