The FUTURE OF MUSIC COALITION criticized CLEAR CHANNEL's earlier comments promoting the salutory effects of consolidation on format diversity, saying that "increased consolidation in the commercial radio sector runs counter to the FCC's goals of competition, localism and diversity on the public airwaves. As the Commission undertakes a review of its current media ownership rules, we urge it to consider radio’s monolithic transformation following the elimination of the national ownership rules and the relaxation of local ownership rules under the 1996 Telecommunications Act."
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.
While broadcasters seek to either maintain or relax the local radio ownership limits, citing greater competition for audio delivery and the dire economy, public interests groups told the commission just the opposite this week….The Future of Music Coalition says its studies show that radio has suffered from a lack of format diversity since passage of the 1996 Telecom Act; it also argues that counting format names is an inadequate measure for format “diversity” because “just 15 formats make up 76 percent of commercial radio programming.” FMC proposes a “fixing radio” agenda with prevention of further consolidation at the top of the list.
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.
A new Future Of Music Coalition study “Taking the Pulse” found that, of the 1,451 musicians who responded, 33% said they do not have health insurance. This is nearly twice the national average of 17% uninsured, as estimated by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (pdf of full report here.)
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?
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.