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
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
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).
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.
Dr. Anderson also talks about one of the biggest things that plague musicians today: health care. “Being a touring musician, you put your health on the line. From eating unhealthy food daily, to working under unsafe conditions, to the activity of the physical performance—not to mention drugs and alcohol. If a musician gets sick, he has very few options. Thirty-three percent of musicians don’t have health insurance. Compare that to 17 percent of the population. That number is alarming.” He touts the Future of Music Coalition with making strides in this area. […] “They have on their website, HINT (Health Insurance Navigation Tool), which offers advice on health care options in their state.
In March, the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Future of Music Coalition completed an online survey of musicians regarding health insurance. Thirty-three percent of the more than 1,400 who responded were without insurance. By comparison, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 15 percent of Americans without health insurance in 2009.
It’s impossible to know the exact numbers in Portland, but when Susannah Weaver was asked if she had insurance, her “No” came with an intonation that suggested it was the dumbest question she’d ever been asked.
The Columbus Music Co-op, which provides uninsured central Ohio musicians with money to help defray unexpected medical bills, was conceived in 2005 by Jess Faller and Erin Moore….”We can relate to how it feels,” said Faller, 31, who spent eight months without a job in 2008 after her position was eliminated at Huntington National Bank.
Undersoring her point: An April survey of 1,451 musicians conducted by the Washington advocacy group Future of Music Coalition found that a third of the respondents lacked health insurance - perhaps because of high costs, a lack of knowledge or a touring schedule that prohibits a full-time job with benefits.
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