The Future of Music Coalition, a non-profit advocacy organization for musicians, conducted a survey in August which revealed that 42 percent of professional musicians lacked any form of health insurance – a number that is nearly twice the national average. Thankfully, a movement is afoot to change that. Recently, legendary singer-songwriter Carole King teamed up with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to spread the word about health coverage for musicians. Together, they produced the video below. “I just want to encourage everybody in my industry, no matter how old or how young, you can get health care and you should,” King said. HeadCount.org, an organization best known for registering voters at concerts, is now targeting musicians and educating them about their options. Described as “a music oriented civic engagement organization” by executive director Andy Bernstein, HeadCount focuses on musicians because they recognize the power and influence they hold. “When a musician has a good experience and talks about it, it sort of demystifies the whole thing for the public at large,” Bernstein noted. To help people get informed, they've created a 24 hour hotline for music industry professionals dedicated to answering questions about health care. Bernstein likened it to a sort of “tour manager for your health care, somebody who really... Sign In to Keep Reading
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