On Monday, May 9th, 2011, in conjunction with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, MusiCares will be sponsoring FREE Dental Services for local Cleveland-area musicians and other music professionals. Services will consist of a dental exam, basic teeth cleaning and polishing, and dental x-rays, and will be provided by Mobile Dentists. read more
You may not know Clyde Stubblefield’s name, but you’ve probably heard his drumming. In fact, you’ve probably heard it on many, many songs. Stubblefield was a session drummer for James Brown in the 1960s, and his work on two songs in particular, “Funky Drummer” and “Cold Sweat,” have been sampled by dozens of hip-hop artists. But Stubblefield hasn’t seen a penny for all those times other musicians have used his creation. Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola write about his experience in their new book Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling.
Yesterday, Arbitron and Edison Research released their 19th edition of the Infinite Dial, an annual survey that examines the state of consumers’ access to radio, internet and other media.
These reports are always a fascinating glimpse at how consumer behavior is changing, especially with the introduction of new technologies such as internet radio, smartphones and more ubiquitous wifi. read more
Music can’t always cure what ails you, even if you’re the one who makes it. This is why FMC created the Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) in 2005 as a free service for musicians to learn about their health insurance options. Our two health insurance experts (who are also musicians) volunteer their time to run the program, which is why we’re always happy to have folks like you chip in to keep this worthy resource up and running. read more
We recently came across three articles aiming to put into perspective how musicians can earn a living through music. Unsuprisingly, there are differing opinions about whether some of the activities listed are valid or preferable ways to make money (don’t worry — holding up a liquor store is not one of them). read more
Big Star was an amazing band from Memphis, TN that put out a couple of records in the late 70s that are seminal in the rock canon. In fact, you probably know one of their songs: “In the Street” was used as the theme song of “That 70s Show” (though that’s Cheap Trick, not Big Star, performing the song).
As Kristin Thomson, a consultant for the Future of Music Coalition, says, marketing through crowdfunding takes a certain kind of creativity — and an already-existing rolodex or fan base. It’s difficult trying to build a fan base while you’re trying to get people to financially support you, she says.
MusiCares, in conjunction with the AFM Local 802 and Smile New York, is proud to offer New York-area musicians and music industry professionals the opportunity to participate in a free dental clinic. Services will include a dental exam, simple cleaning and x-rays.
Musicians’ Dental Clinic
February 24, 2011
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
These services will be provided FREEOFCHARGE to pre-screened, pre-approved music professionals with limited income, upon establishing eligibility. Space is limited, and application materials need to be received by Feb. 17th. For more information, contact MusiCares toll-free at 877.303.6962 or via e-mail to RSVP_MCNY[at]grammy.com.