Thursday, May 1, 2008

Getting the HINT About Health Insurance

As we've mentioned before, musicians are among the most under-insured segments of the American public. Many artists simply assume they can't afford health insurance; others think it takes too much time to figure out. Especially when most of their focus is on making music and making a living.

Unfortunately it only takes one major health crisis to prove that going without insurance is a risky proposition. We've all heard about the benefit concerts to help artists who have taken ill, but they often come too late.

Future of Music Coalition created the Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) to help musicians examine their health insurance options and hopefully make informed choices about coverage. The free program has been a success so far, but the work is far from over.

Case in point: Drew Glackin, a talented multi-instrumentalist who died of a preventable condition last January, because he lacked health insurance. Drew was the bassist alt-country heroes The Silos, and was a beloved member of the North Carolina music community. Now, that community is honoring his memory with a pair of shows in Raleigh, NC, featuring a slew of local acts, including Tres Chicas, Patty Hurst Shifter, Kenny Roby, Chip Robinson & Heavy Beat Outfit. Part of the proceeds will go to the HINT program. The shows take place this Saturday and Sunday (May 3 & 4). Click here for more info.

If you can't make it (or don't live in the area), please consider donating to HINT. It's volunteer run, and provides an important service to musicians. Plus it's free!

FMC is pleased that Drew Glackin benefits are getting coverage in Raleigh-area press — these shows deserve to sell out! Here are a couple of articles about Drew, the concerts and HINT:

The Struggle For Musicians' Health Insurance, Independent Weekly

Local Musicians Pay Tribute to Drew Glackin,

HINT also received prominent mention in an article published closer to (our) home:

Art Burn, Washington City Paper

Thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word about the benefit shows and HINT.

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