Just wanted to let all you Austin-bound peeps that Alex Maiolo, project coordinator for FMC's Health Navigation Tool (HINT), will be at South By Southwest this year, rocking out and spreading the word about this free service for musicians. read 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.
Things are heating up here at Future of Music Coalition, and it’s not because the air conditioning is broken. Planning for upcoming events, publishing new educational materials and prepping for a major CD release is thirsty work, but we’ll keep on doing it just for you.
We at Future of Music Coalition are happy its spring. For us, warmer weather means cherry blossoms, chirping birds and… road trips! We’re currently wrapping up our "What’s the Future for Musicians?" series, which informs New York State musicians on important topics at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. After that, we’ll settle in for a busy summer promoting our Rock the Net campaign (and plenty of other stuff). Read on for details.
"What’s the Future for Musicians?" educational seminars in New York State
HINT benefit concerts in honor of musician Drew Glackin
FMC Presents: Rock the Net CD
Podcast Interview Series: Peter Jenner
Policy Update: net neutrality
Composer’s Survey from Research Center for Arts & Culture
National Performing Arts Convention scholarship opportunity
Raleigh, NC ? Local music heroes will pay musical tribute to talented multi-instrumentalist Drew Glackin. The concerts take place at The Pour House Music Hall on Saturday, May 3, and Sadlack?s Heroes on Sunday, May 4.Glackin, who passed away in January, was a member of alt-country legends The Silos. In the course of a fruitful career, he also recorded or toured with Tandy, Gingersol, Susan Tedeschi, The Hold Steady and Chris Mills, among others. Like so many musicians, Glackin lacked health insurance. This not only prevented early detection of the thyroid condition that lead to his untimely death, but also resulted in a considerable financial burden for his family. The concerts also benefit Future of Music Coalition?s Health Insurance Navigation Tool, or HINT ? a free, musician-friendly service that offers artists the chance to examine their health insurance options with experts who are also musicians. read more
An interesting article yesterday that detailed how 50 artists spent $50,000 grants from United States Artists. USA is a new organization that tries to fill the gap for individual artist funding, as opposed to grants for organizations. Not surprisingly, more than 60 percent said they spent part of their money on art supplies, while 48 percent spent part of the money on housing and meals.read more
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We at FMC are fully stuffed, but that hasn’t slowed us down one bit. We’ve got a lot of exciting news to report, including a major staff announcement, a fund-raising house party with Mike Mills of R.E.M., an international conference and legislative movement on several of our core issues.
Jenny Toomey Appointed Program Officer for Media and Cultural Policy at the Ford Foundation
"Hope for Home" House Party to Benefit Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and Sweet Home New Orleans, featuring Mike Mills of R.E.M.— ONLY 10 TICKETSLEFT
Hope you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating Labor Day weekend. We’ve returned from our long weekends just in time for the home stretch to this year’s Policy Summit, which is less than two weeks away. Read on for all the reasons that FMC’s Policy Summit is a can’t miss event.
FMC Policy Summit 07: The Countdown Begins
Video Chat with HINT Project Director, Alex Maiolo
Indigo Girls To Host Sweet Home New Orleans Benefit on September 16, 2007
FMC Seeks Communications Director and Fall Interns
5th Official FCC Hearing on Media Ownership: September 20, 2007
Perry Baggs, the original drummer for Jason & the Scorchers, is very sick with diabetes. He has racked up huge medical bills and needs a kidney transplant in the near future.
In order to raise money for their former band member, the Scorches held a reunion concert a couple weekends ago. The show was apparently great with performances from the Scorchers themselves, but also from former Scorchers members, Andy York and Ken Fox and the bands other associates such as Stacie Collins and her band, Warner Hodges, Tommy Womack, and the Bottle Rockers. read more