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
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
The session kicks off with U.S. Copyright Office official Steven Tepp defending ACTA, by saying right from the outset, “Quite candidly, we’re in the midst of a worldwide epidemic of copyright piracy.” What kind of epidemic? Well, he uses that old line about how organized crime groups and terrorists are being funded by copyright infringement — a claim that the industry keeps making, but which makes little sense. Even if it were true that some crime operations are selling bootleg DVDs and such, aren’t they under the same, if not more, pressure from unauthorized internet file sharing?
The more time a musician dedicates to songwriting, performing, and related pursuits, the less likely that musician is to have health insurance. That was the finding of the Future of Music Coalition, host of the DC Policy Day in Washington on Tuesday. In fact, the group conducted a survey of 1,400 musicians, and found that 34 percent - twice the national average - lacked insurance of any kind. read more
So you want to form a band. You’ve got your equipment, found your rehearsal space and are keeping connected with your loyal fan base on MySpace and Twitter.
But what about health insurance?
Before the health care reform bill became law you had a choice to make. You could pay for health care, or you could take the risk.
A significant portion of musicians has decided to take the risk. An April 2010 study from the Future of Music Coalition found that 34 percent of the 1,400 musicians surveyed did not have health insurance, more than twice the national average.
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.
U.S. copyright official Steven Tepp said Tuesday he doesn’t understand many of the current objections to the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a 37-nation effort to enforce copyright and counterfeit laws across international borders.
Tepp, senior counsel for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office, dismissed objections to ACTA voiced by representatives of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), an intellectual-property research and advocacy group, during a debate on the trade agreement at the Future of Music Coalition’s Washington, D.C., policy forum.
It’s DC Policy Day for the Future of Music Coalition - where staffers from the Judiciary and Commerce committees will discuss topics from broadband policy to copyright to the health care bill. And musicians’ advocates, like F-M-C spokesman Casey Rae-Hunter, will find themselves using phrases like “positive economic multipliers.”
RAE-HUNTER This is a vital sector of the American public. They contribute a lot not only culturally but economically. What can we do to give them the best fighting chance to re-establish themselves as part of the American recovery?