It’s that time of year again. No, not spring (although DC has finally warmed up a bit). We’re talking South By Southwest season — when artists, music biz-types and fans of all stripes converge on Austin, Texas for a week of live music, focused conversation and general debauchery. FMC is gathering up our SXSW survival gear; maybe we’ll even see you there. But that’s not all we’re up to — read on for the details.
Taking the Pulse: Musicians and Health Insurance survey
Catch FMC at SXSW!
Musicians Bringing Musicians Home VI: benefit for New Orleans artists
Super-ultra-final last chance to plug in on net neutrality at the FCC!
If I Ruled the Blogosphere: Hip-Hop Blogs & Social Change panel in DC
Erin McKeown on the Public Performance Right
Reminder: Brian Zisk’s Future of Money conference & SanFran MusicTech summit
Alex Maiolo has worked with The Future of Music Coalition for almost nine years, primarily focusing on the health insurance crisis as it relates to the working musician. In addition, Alex plays in various bands, including the psych-pop outfit Violet Vector & The Lovely Lovelies and ambient/clo-core staple Hi Fi Sky. He is a partner with an insurance agency in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Insurance as it relates to the artist, studio owner and musician is all part of a typical day's tasks.read more
Back in September, we took a good, hard look at the health care crisis in the music community. The handy stat back then came from a survey conducted by the Future of Music Coalition in 2002; it was that 44% of working musicians lived without access to adequate health care, because they were either un- or under-insured. In part one of that investigation, we heard stories directly from musicians, and examined the widespread problem also with help from Alex Maiolo, a health insurance specialist who helps musicians navigate the insurance landscape through a free, non-profit, non-partisan program set by the FMC called HINT (Health Insurance Navigation Tool). In part two, we zoomed out a little, and examined the political situation at the time, offering a sort of glossary to help people understand what the power-holders are talking about, again with input from Alex Maiolo and other sources.
FMC has embarked upon a follow-up survey of musicians regarding their health insurance status. Are you a musician? Are any of your friends or family members currently working musicians? If so, you might want to take the survey. The more we know about the situation, the better able we are to address it… So stand up and be counted!
It's hard to believe that its been eight years since FMC's original survey on musicians and health insurance. That oft-cited study, published in 2002, showed that 44 percent of working musicians did not have insurance. One of the barriers, besides cost, was that the topic is difficult to wrap your mind around. To help demystify the issue, we created the Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) — a free program that offers jargon-free information to musicians seeking to learn more about their health insurance options. read more
Kristin Thomson, Education Director, Future of Music Coalition
Thursday, May 27, 2010
In March 2010, Future of Music Coalition conducted an online survey to gauge the level of health insurance among musicians. The 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.
The path to success in the music industry is difficult for anyone, and the late-singer songwriter Vic Chesnutt had a harder road than most.
Vic, who passed away in 2009 on Christmas Day, had written songs since childhood. At the age of eighteen, a car accident took away his ability to walk and gave him just "limited use" of his hands. A gifted guitar player, Vic could now play only simple chords. This is something that every artist there who uses their hands to create has likely contemplated, if just for a moment, but for Vic, it was a day-to-day reality. read more
January 9, 2010 - 3:00pm - January 10, 2010 - 1:00pm
New York, NY
For the fifth year in a row, FMC will be curating a number of conversations at the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in New York City, January 8-12, 2010. Join us for sessions on the issues at the intersection of arts, technology and law; media, copyright and technology; and health insurance for creators.
To attend these sessions you need to be registered for the Arts Presenters conference. Click here for registration details. If you are an artist and would like to attend these sessions only and will not go to the APAP conference, email us at nicole [at] futureofmusic [dot] org. read more
It's not exactly news that the economic situation has been pretty grim lately -- turn on the tube or crack a newspaper and you're sure to be greeted with yet another story of fiscal woe. Yet most of these reports don't talk about artists, many of whom were already struggling to make ends meet before the Great Recession. read more
It’s been a busy month at Future of Music Coalition, with promising developments on a couple of key issues that impact musicians. We’re not gonna say that Christmas has come early, but we are pleased that policymakers are taking net neutrality and expanding community radio seriously. We’re also proud of how musicians have helped raised awareness about these issues. Read on for details about all this and more.
Low Power FM news
Musicians and health insurance Op-Ed in Chicago Tribune
FCC opens Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on net neutrality