Taking the Pulse: survey on health insurance and musicians | Future of Music Coalition

Taking the Pulse: survey on health insurance and musicians | Future of Music Coalition.

Taking the Pulse: a survey on musicians and health insurance

In 2002, Future of Music Coalition conducted an online survey to gauge the level of health insurance among working musicians. Of the nearly 2,700 respondents, 44 percent of them did not have health insurance.

As a response, we launched the HINT project, which has been providing musicians with personalized, artist-friendly advice about their health insurance options since 2005.

With the health care now a national issue, FMC is re-launching the survey from March 1 – April 7, 2010.Musicians, songwriters and composers: Click here to take the survey.

In 2002, Future of Music Coalition conducted an online survey to gauge the level of health insurance among working musicians. Of the nearly 2,700 respondents, 44 percent of them did not have health insurance.

As a response, we launched the HINT project, which has been providing musicians with personalized, artist-friendly advice about their health insurance options since 2005.

With the health care now a national issue, FMC is re-launching the survey in March 2010FMC wants to know:

  • How many musicians are insured?
  • Has the number increased or decreased over the last eight years?
  • What are the factors that make it difficult for musicians to get insured?
  • Do musicians know about the plans offered by some unions and professional organizations?

The Taking the Pulse survey, which will be open from March 1 through April 7, 2010, assesses the level of health insurance among working musicians, asks key questions about artists’ access to coverage and their understanding of the current health insurance landscape.

Musicians, songwriters and composers:  Click here to take the survey
It should take you about 10 minutes to complete. Your answers are anonymous and confidential.

Why FMC is doing this research

With health care now a national issue, it’s important that we understand how many musicians are currently insured, and the factors that make it difficult for musicians to get insured. The data will help us understand what can we do to ensure that this vital segment of the public isn’t falling through the cracks.

FMC’s 2002 study has been cited in a number of related reports and press articles. With a damaged national economy and meaningful health care reform still elusive nearly a decade later, the issue of health care coverage for artists is ever more urgent. Musicians, who contribute greatly to our nation’s cultural and economic well-being, too often go without coverage in order to pursue their craft. This new survey seeks to look once more at those factors that prevent musicians from obtaining coverage.

Help us with outreach

During the month of March, FMC will engage directly with musicians and reach artists through partnerships with music service organizations to encourage thousands of musicians to take the short survey. You can help by encouraging as many musicians as possible to take survey by posting information about it on your blog, your MySpace account, your Facebook page, or as a Twitter update. Sample text and links are below.

Paragraph version for your blog or newsletter

Are you a musician or songwriter? Do you have health insurance? The nonprofit Future of Music Coalition is conducting an online survey during the month of March to assess how many musicians have health insurance. Click here to participate in this survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/musicianshealthinsurance

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 needs of our music community.

Twitter or Facebook status update

Are you a musician or songwriter? Do you have health insurance? Take this survey and tell us about it. http://bit.ly/amOAbi

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