Throughout the month of September, Community Cinema presented free preview screenings of the documentary D TOUR. Each of the 36 events between September 1 and September 29 connected audience members with information about local organ donation registries and shared the stories of transplant recipients and the donors who saved their lives.
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.
[…]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.
Happy almost-spring from FMC! First up we want to say thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s D.C. Policy Day our best yet. If you were there, you know what we’re talking about; if not, you’ll be psyched to know that archived audio and video from Policy Day ‘09 is now on the event website. Read on for details on all this and 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. A 2013 survey of artists of all types – musicians, dancers, visual artists, filmmakers – found that 43 percent were currently uninsured, 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.
We just wrapped up our events at The Public Theater in New York on October 6, both of which went extremely well. It was a long day for staff, what with our What’s the Future for Musicians? seminar and Creative License panel discussion taking place essentially back-to-back (with an awesome cocktail party in between). Still, it was a blast, and attendees were excited about the range of information offered in both the presentations and breakout sessions. read more
A handful of posts ago, we talked about NYC producer/musician Joel Hamilton’s cross-country Vespa ride to raise money for his friend and fellow producer Scott Harding, who was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident while leaving a late night studio session. Joel’s trek also benefits FMC’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) — a free service that provides information to musicians about their health insurance options.
We recently had the chance to catch up with Joel to talk about how the ride came together and why health insurance is such a crucial issue to the music community. read more
There’s an article about musicians and health insurance in Seven Days, Burlington, Vermont’s alternative newsweekly. Artists who lack coverage is a concern even in that sleepy little college town (which actually has a pretty big music scene). And sadly, the story is the same in both small and big burgs across the country.
The piece talks about folks in the Burlington music community who have suffered severe injuries and didn’t have health insurance. It also features some choice quotes from Alex Maiolo — the musician/health insurance expert who manages FMC’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT): read more
A list of resources for musicians to learn more about their health insurance options.
Fractured Atlas is a nonprofit service organization for artists and arts organizations. One of the benefits they offer their members is access to group health insurance. Visit the website and select your state from the menu to see the state-specific insurance options. Membership in the organization is $75/year for an individual, but there are also affordable organizational rates starting at $150 annually. read more