Saturday, January 30, 2010

Musicians without health care tell their stories

The Musicians Project is making a film about the dreadful lack of health care for musicians. FMI:

Here's some info about the project. If you want to tell your story, go to the web site.

We might shock and surprise you.

  • Did you know that the latest Harvard Medical School study shows that more than 44,789 excess deaths occur each year, because people do not have medical insurance?
  • Did you know that if you enter a hospital emergency room with a life threatening condition, and you do not have health insurance, you can be turned away?
  • Did you know that in 2009 alone, 2,200 veterans died from a lack of health insurance?
  • Did you know that every day, 2,500 Americans are forced into bankruptcy by medical costs, the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States?

    We are the musicians project. We are an independent group of musicians, film makers and health care advocates who are making a film about a very special segment of the American population – your favorite Musician.

    For many of us, music fills our every day lives, whether it is the dulcet tones of our favorite symphony, the hard rocking beat of our favorite metal band, or the heart breaking revelations of our favorite folk musician.

    Music is important to us. We pick songs to enhance our wedding day. We sing to our favorite tunes to pass the time on a long car ride. We remember the first concert we ever went to. Some of us even get tattoos of our favorite musicians and bands immortalized on our flesh. We create fan clubs, we load up our MP-3 players, and we follow our favorite bands on tour.

    Music, and the musicians that create it, are interwoven into the fabric of our lives.
    They are a segment of the population of the U.S., dying preventable deaths due to lack of health care.

    Please watch, as we give them a voice. These are their words, their tales, their reality.

1 comment:

joshua said...

Thanks for spreading the word about the Musicians Project, Michael. Musicians as a group offer so much to society, yet their toil often does not fill their pockets.
We are not political, partisan or religious. We at the Musicians Project feel that life is valuable, no matter how much money you make. Health care in America is a human rights issue, and we all deserve to get good quality care. If you are a musician, tell us your story!
Thanks Michael!