One of the paramount issues facing performing artists is having the ability and opportunity to secure affordable health care. I cannot tell you how often I’ve had even prominent musicians – let alone those who are struggling – profess great relief and undying love for their working spouse and that person’s ability to provide their health care insurance through the spouse’s place of employment. On the other hand I know of far too many musicians who are one slip & tumble or one debilitating sickness from oblivion. There are so many issues and concerns around the issue of affordable health insurance that I could go on for days about the dangers attached with not having coverage.
The Future of Music Coalition has taken many positive steps on behalf of studying, discussing and lobbying for performing artists needs and disparities in their respective workplaces, on important copyright issues, and in the world you performing artists occupy in general. Currently they are conducting a critical health insurance survey of the performing artist community and I wholeheartedly endorse your participation in this process. Please take a few moments out from your busy schedule, follow the prompt below and voice your choice in this survey… And please do it now; with the current ongoing debates about the Affordable Care Act and the fact that so many employers are fighting enactment tooth & nail, as Charlie Parker said “Now’s the Time” for performing artists to stand up and be counted!
Artists: do you have health insurance? If not, why not? Nonprofit artist groups are conducting an online survey from July 17 – Aug 31 to assess how many US-based artists have health insurance on the eve of the Affordable Care Act.
Click here to participate in this survey.
Your answers are anonymous and confidential, and the survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. We urge you to participate so we can really understand the health insurance needs and priorities of the artist community.