The Columbus Music Co-op, which provides uninsured central Ohio musicians with money to help defray unexpected medical bills, was conceived in 2005 by Jess Faller and Erin Moore….”We can relate to how it feels,” said Faller, 31, who spent eight months without a job in 2008 after her position was eliminated at Huntington National Bank.
Undersoring her point: An April survey of 1,451 musicians conducted by the Washington advocacy group Future of Music Coalition found that a third of the respondents lacked health insurance - perhaps because of high costs, a lack of knowledge or a touring schedule that prohibits a full-time job with benefits.
Last weekend, our man Alex Maiolo was at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago for three days of skinny jeans, warm beer and music. But it wasn’t all R&R: Alex was there to talk to musicians and managers about FMC’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT). From July 16-18, Alex was there hepping the hepcats to their health insurance options and how the new health care reforms might impact musicians. If you were there, we hope you got to say hello!
Here’s some more of what’s been happening in the wide world of music-tech-policy-law… read more
Technology has impacted pretty much every aspect of our daily lives, and this is no different for creators. Yet there are some important questions about how artists (including musicians) interact not only technology itself, but also decisionmakers who shape its evolution. ArtsJournal has a fantastic reputation for fostering discussion on a wide variety of issues, and this looks to be amazing.
Attention, recording artists and sound recording copyrights owners! Did you know that there may be unclaimed royalties in your name floating around out there on the interwebs? Did you know that a friendly, non-profit organization exists solely for the purpose of helping you find them? That’s right. They’re called SoundExchange, and they want nothing more than to give you money. read more
During the push for health care reform, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi askedMSNBC host Rachel Maddow to visualize “an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.” But how, exactly, that might happen was unclear. Just days earlier, Pelosi had said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” read more
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
Primer: The 2009 inauguration of Obama — plus Democratic majorities in Congress — meant a shift in the power dynamic in Washington, DC. How are creative industries faring so far in this administration? Rumor has it that music is enjoyed and revered in the White House, but these are also trying times for policymakers. Can a pro-arts agenda be balanced with pressing economic and infrastructure concerns? Does the cultural community have a role to play in recovery? What legislation will make it out of committee and onto the floor? Top staffers from the House and Senate will discuss the key music-technology-policy issues playing out on Capitol Hill, and how musicians are engaging.