In the national debate over health care and the Affordable Care Act, one sliver of the population has received relatively little attention: musicians, artists and other creative workers, who are often self-employed and frequently uninsured. A recent survey by two arts groups found that 43 percent of artists of all kinds said they had no health insurance; for musicians, the number was 53 percent. The national average, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, is 17.7 percent. read more
Musicians, uninsured at greater rates than the general population in the United States, are coming to grasp the impact of the Affordable Care Act, the health-care reform law known as Obamacare. But like most Americans, they have a lot of learning to do.
A new survey found that 43% of creative artists and 53% of musicians lack health insurance. Conducted in July and August by the Future of Music Coalition and the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center, the survey covers musicians as well as visual artists, filmmakers, actors and other creative professionals. Previous FMC surveys found 42% and 33% of musicians were uninsured in 2002 and 2010, respectively. read more
That’s according to a recent survey from the Future of Music Coalition, which found musicians to be ‘chronically under-insured’ and drastically below national (US) insurance averages. And perhaps unsurprisingly, the more dedicated you are to your craft,the less likely you are to be insured.
The reasons are strikingly simple. Also unsurprisingly, roughly 88% of all [artists] lacking health insurance simply couldn’t afford it.
Twice as many musicians, actors, dancers and other artists lack health care insurance than the general population, according to a study by the Future of Music Coalition and the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center.
The study, which surveyed 3,402 professional musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists and filmmakers, found that 43 percent lack health insurance. That compares to 18 percent of the general population, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Of the respondents without insurance coverage, 88 percent said they couldn’t afford it, according to survey results. read more
At the Jeremy Wilson Foundation and Cover Oregon’s health care event on Monday, the audience was told that musicians are twice as likely to go uninsured — a stat that matches with another from the Future of Music Coalition, who reported this week that 43% of the musicians they surveyed don’t have health insurance.
Here’s what else the FMC had to say:
Of those respondents who do have health insurance, 39 percent said they are paying for coverage themselves. This is over six times greater than the estimated 6 percent of the general population that pays for private, non-group insurance, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. read more
Reactions continue to arrive to the introduction of North Carolina Democrat Rep. Mel Watt’s latest bill to require radio to pay a streaming performance royalty for airing copyright covered music. How much attention the measure will get in Congress is unclear, since committees related to communications and broadcasting have postponed their meetings originally slated for this week due to the government shutdown.
NABEVP Communications Dennis Wharton says the trade group “respectfully” opposes the “Free Market Royalty Act,” and appreciates the support of 183 lawmakers who back the “Local Radio Freedom Act,” a nonbinding resolution opposing a new performance royalty for radio. read more
Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) introduced a bill Monday that would require radio broadcasters to negotiate with musicians for the rights to play their songs. Watt’s bill – which he called the free market solution – was applauded by members of the music industry and decried by broadcasters.
Watt’s bill would put the U.S. on a level playing field with the rest of the world, according to Casey Rae, interim executive director of the Future of Music coalition, a musician advocacy group.
Because the U.S. does not have a performance royalty right for musicians when their songs are played on radio stations, “American artists are currently unable to collect royalties owed to them when their music is played abroad,” he said.read more
[…] In order to move the discourse forward, I followed up on an email that Kristin Thomson sent me after reading my article, and I asked her to bring her perspective to this conversation. Kristin is a social researcher, musician, indie record label owner, and a consultant for Future of Music Coalition, a national nonprofit that advocates for musicians. Since 2011, Kristin has also been co-director of Future of Music Coalition’s Artist Revenue Streams project, a multi-method, cross-genre examination of how musicians’ income streams are changing over time.read more
Are we willing to pay for creativity anymore? Musical hero Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame isn’t so sure. Yorke is boycotting the super music streaming service Spotify with his latest album “Amok.” Says Spotify doesn’t pay new young musicians enough to survive on. Fractions of a penny per digital listen. Pauper wages.