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MUSIC JOURNALIST ROBERT K. OERMANN HONORED AT THIRD ANNUAL MUSIC ROW STORYTELLERS EVENT

Music journalist Robert K. Oermann was honored Monday, October 29 at the third annual Music Row Storytellers event, benefiting Music Health Alliance.

Oermann reminisced about his career in a room full of friends and colleagues; several – including Grand Ole Opry stars Jeannie Seely and Larry Gatlin – joined him to share stories of his industry contributions. Video messages and tributes from such wide-ranging talent as Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, K.T. Oslin, Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young further showcased the scope and impact of his work.

The event honors people who stand the test of time in telling stories that make the music industry so fascinating – the journalists, interviewers, reporters, show hosts and others who’ve lived, breathed and witnessed these moments alongside the music- and decision-makers of Music Row.

 

(L-R) Denise Nichols, event co-chair and Principal, The Primacy Firm / John Zarling, event co-chair and EVP/Marketing & New Business, Sony Music Nashville / Sherod Robertson, Publisher-Owner, MusicRow Magazine / Robert K. Oermann’s wife, Mary Bufwack / Music Row Storytellers honoree Robert K. Oermann / Shelia Shipley Biddy, COO, Music Health Alliance / Heather McBee, event co-chair and VP/Operations, Nashville Entrepreneur Center / Maurice Miner, event co-chair and President, Maurice Miner Media & Marketing

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 ABOUT ROBERT K. OERMANN:

Now the unofficial historian of Nashville’s musical heritage, Robert K. Oermann’s love of music can be traced back to his Pittsburgh childhood, when he clerked in his grandmother’s record store. He moved to Nashville in 1978 for a job with the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. His freelance writing put his byline into such publications as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Esquire, TV Guide and – in the early 1980s – the pages of an emerging newspaper called USA Today (as its first country-music reporter and critic). A dozen years with the daily Tennessean made him a Music City staple, as he evolved to become the community’s go-to journalistic source, critic, commentator and tastemaker. His entertaining singles reviews — an anchor of Music Row magazine since its inception in 1981 — have made him a music-industry must-read.

 

As the author of eight books, the host of the hit podcast Children of Song and a creative force in film and TV documentaries, he has chronicled America’s musical culture for decades, sometimes in collaboration with his wife, Mary A. Bufwack. Liner notes, artist bios and interviews created by Robert K. have breathed life into the careers of innumerable artists, musicians, songwriters and producers. He has served and continues to lend his expertise and perspective to numerous organizations – The Recording Academy, the CMA, the Nashville Public Library, Leadership Music and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame among them. He is also an ombudsman for Music City as a convention speaker, a mentor to students and a frequently televised commentator. Simply put, Robert K. Oermann is a Music Row “Storyteller.”

 

ABOUT MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE:

Nashville-based non-profit Music Health Alliance, which fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis. The eight-person team at Music Health Alliance removes obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, more than 8,400 members of the music community across 38 states and all genres of music have gained access to lifesaving heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Since 2013, Music Health Alliance has saved members of the music community over $33-million dollars in healthcare costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and discounted medications. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life.

 

PRESS CONTACTS:

 

For Music Row Storytellers Honoring Robert K. Oermann:

Maurice Miner, Maurice Miner Media & Marketing

mauricegminer@gmail.com

615-715-2734

 

For Music Health Alliance:

Cindy Hunt, Monarch Publicity

Cindy.Hunt@MonarchPublicity.com

615-429-2203

 

CAITLIN KENNEDY ADDED AS EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR

Nashville, TN — October 29, 2018 — Music Health Alliance (MHA), the music industry’s healthcare advocate, has added Caitlin Kennedy as Executive Administrator.

Kennedy will support CEO/Founder Tatum Allsep and COO Shelia Shipley Biddy and assist with day-to-day operations of the Nashville-based non-profit. On the job since October 22, her immediate focus is setting thousands of appointments for members of the music community during the health insurance enrollment period. In 2017, MHA advocates served more than 1,800 clients over 45 days, assisting the largely self-employed community find affordable health insurance solutions. All MHA services are offered at no cost.

Kennedy can be reached at CaitlinK@musichealthalliance.com or 615-200-6807.

A Nashville native with deep family roots in the music industry, Kennedy most recently worked in the Licensing Department at ASCAP. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee and is grateful to be making a difference in the music community with MHA.

As advocates, Music Health Alliance fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis. The eight-person team at Music Health Alliance remove obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, more than 8,400 members of the music community across 38 states and all genres of music have gained access to lifesaving heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Since 2013, Music Health Alliance has saved over $33-million dollars in healthcare costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and discounted medications. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life. Learn more at MusicHealthAlliance.com.

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For more information about Music Health Alliance contact:

Cindy Hunt / Monarch Publicity / 615-429-2203 / cindy.hunt@monarchpublicity.com

MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE PROVIDING CRITICAL HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE TO MUSIC COMMUNITY

“What The Health” and “Medicare! What Now?”
workshops offered ahead of open enrollment

Nashville, TN – October 2, 2018 — Music Health Alliance, in partnership with MusiCares, will offer two free seminars to inform and empower members of the music community to enroll for new health insurance for the new year. “What The Health” and “Medicare! What Now?” workshops will be offered in October to educate the music industry on their individual healthcare options ahead of open enrollment. Both workshops will be held at BMI (10 Music Square East). Please RSVP to carrie@musichealthalliance.com to attend.

MEDICARE! WHAT NOW? – https://www.facebook.com/events/1950305235025592/
Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: BMI – 10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN 37203
RSVP: carrie@musichealthalliance.com

Confused about what to do once you receive Medicare and what it covers and doesn’t cover? What are your options? Certified Senior Advisor® and Music Health Alliance COO Shelia Shipley Biddy will answer your questions in easy to understand language. Learn about plan changes coming in 2019 and 2020. If you are age 65+, this is a workshop you don’t want to miss.

WHAT THE HEALTH – https://www.facebook.com/events/257943334915271/
Date: Tuesday, October 30
Time: 10am – 12pm
Location: BMI – 10 Music Square East, Nashville, TN 37203
RSVP: carrie@musichealthalliance.com

What are my options for health insurance in 2019? Will there be subsidy to reduce my premiums? What if I can’t afford insurance? Get your questions answered by Music Health Alliance CEO/Founder Tatum Allsep as she explains open enrollment and options for 2019.

Open enrollment dates for 2019 are as follows:
Medicare: October 15 – December 7, 2018
Insurance Enrollment: November 1 – December 15, 2018

The free health insurance workshops follow “Heal The Music Day,” an effort to raise awareness and support for the emergency and ongoing medical needs of our country’s creative community, 76% of whom are self-employed or part of a small business. The majority don’t have access to group health benefits and, in many instances, have limited and unpredictable resources. Music Health Alliance’s free services range from access to doctors and hospitals, diagnostic services, medicine, health insurance and finding financial assistance during times of illness.

To participate in “Heal The Music Day,” members of the music community — including artists, songwriters, producers, publishers, publicists, promoters, business managers, record label executives, booking agents, attorneys, venues, stylists and more — can pledge a percentage of their single day earnings to support the lifesaving services provided by Music Health Alliance. Donate now at HealTheMusic.com or checks can be mailed to Music Health Alliance at 2737 Larmon Dr., Nashville, TN 37204. Funds raised during “Heal The Music Day” support the non-profit’s free services, advocacy, education and preventative care initiatives. Learn more at HealTheMusic.com.

Since founding in 2013, Nashville-based non-profit Music Health Alliance has:

  • Served 8,400 members of the music community nationwide
  • Saved over $33,000,000 in healthcare costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and discounted medications
  • Supported our creative community across 38 states and every genre of music
  • Spared 428 families from bankruptcy due to a medical crisis
  • Provided 8 patients with access to transplants including heart, lung, kidney and liver
  • Facilitated access to over 200 trauma counseling sessions for Las Vegas shooting survivors and their families

Contact Music Health Alliance at 615-200-6896 or info@musichealthalliance.com to learn more about their free services and how you can take part in “Heal The Music Day.”
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For more information about Music Health Alliance contact:
Cindy Hunt / Monarch Publicity / 615-429-2203 / cindy.hunt@monarchpublicity.com

 

Heal the Music Party at Yazoo Taproom, September 27th

Yazoo Brewing and Elizabeth Cook brew up a second batch of El Lagarto to benefit Music Health Alliance, helping to connect musicians with health care

Nashville, Tenn. — September 24, 2018 — In conjunction with the second annual “Heal the Music Day” on October 19th, Yazoo Brewing and Outlaw Country queen/Sirius XM radio host Elizabeth Cook have teamed up to create a special brew to benefit The Ben Eyestone Fund at Music Health Alliance. The Ben Eyestone Fund, launched earlier this year, provides a variety of services including diagnostic tests, preventative and primary care for uninsured and underinsured members of Nashville’s music community.

“El Lagarto” is an unfiltered wheat beer spiced with Everglades herbs, inspired by Elizabeth’s central Florida home. Linus Hall, Owner of Yazoo Brewing Company, speaks on the taste of the unique beer, “We’re really pleased, once again, on how El Lagarto turned out. It’s an easy-sipping light wheat beer, with hints of citrus and orange peel.” One-hundred percent of the revenues from the sale of the beer will be donated to the Ben Eyestone Fund at Music Health Alliance. “In addition to all the great local retailers that supported us and sold the beer last year, we’ve partnered up with Kroger to sell El Lagarto in about 30 Middle Tennessee stores. With that, we should be able to double the proceeds to The Ben Eyestone Fund at Music Health Alliance this year!”

In March 2018, with the help of generous contributions from Elizabeth Cook, Yazoo Brewing Company, Dierks Bentley, the Saint Thomas Foundation, the Eyestone family and numerous venues, musicians and friends, The Ben Eyestone Fund at Music Health Alliance was created in memory of the East Nashville musician who would have celebrated his 29th birthday in 2018. The drummer for alternative acts Margo Price, Nikki Lane and The Lonely H’s died on July 12, 2017; days after a delayed biopsy delivered a diagnosis of advanced colon cancer. Referred to as an “untimely death,” it was a tragic and preventable passing of a rising star due to a healthcare system that failed him. As industry advocates, helping music professionals across the country gain access to affordable healthcare is at the heart of Music Health Alliance’s mission. The launch of the Ben Eyestone Fund furthers that mission by removing barriers to life-saving diagnostics and treatment.

Tatum Hauck Allsep, the founder and CEO of Music Health Alliance, adds how much of a difference The Ben Eyestone Fund has already had on the lives of musicians in the short 5 months since its inception. “The Ben Eyestone Fund has enabled 8 clients to access diagnostic testing and the follow-up treatment that has literally saved their lives.” Elizabeth Cook remembers Eyestone’s legacy by adding, “It’s awesome and healing that we have the opportunity to not only remember Ben, a very important member of our musician community, but that the money raised will without a single doubt help deter preventable losses like the one suffered when we lost Ben.”

Owner of Yazoo Brewing Company, Linus Hall, reiterates how important the Nashville music community was to his company’s success, “Yazoo’s story would have been a short one without Nashville musicians – the ones who supported us, bought our beer, wore our gear, gave us shout-outs while on stage, and even asked for our beer in their riders. A lot of people in the music industry in Nashville can’t afford health insurance. That’s where the Music Health Alliance comes in, and we’re grateful that the proceeds from this beer will go to help people in need.”

Tatum Hauck Allsep, the founder and CEO of Music Health Alliance, was excited to hear about the benefit beer. “No one should ever have to choose between food and medicine. Thanks to Elizabeth Cook, Yazoo Brewing Company and their continued commitment to Music Health Alliance, we are hopeful no one in the Nashville music community will ever have to make that choice again.” Elizabeth Cook added, “This is very important to me personally, as well as to so many of the folks that I work with that are my family.”

“El Lagarto” is being kegged and bottled fresh this week, and will be hitting the market immediately after. The launch party will be held at Yazoo’s Taproom (910 Division St) on Thursday, September 27th at 3pm (1:30pm for press + VIP). Americana artist, Wade Sapp, will be frying some gator tail, so come hungry! Joining Elizabeth for a small acoustic set is country goddess and step granddaughter of Johnny Cash Carlene Carter, Americana troubadour Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Sapp. For more information, visit https://yazoobrew.com/taproom/.

About Music Health Alliance:

Nashville-based non-profit Music Health Alliance, fights so those in our industry always have access to healthcare. The seven-person team at Music Health Alliance removes obstacles so their clients can receive lifesaving care. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, more than 8,400 members of the music community across 38 states and all genres of music have gained access to vital heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Since 2013, Music Health Alliance has saved over $33-million dollars in healthcare costs including, medical bill reductions, insurance premium savings and discounted medications. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life. For more information about The Ben Eyestone Fund please visit www.musichealthalliance.com or call 615-200-6896.

About Elizabeth Cook:

Elizabeth Cook, the brilliant singer-songwriter and country music outlaw, lives in Nashville, TN. She is also the host of “Elizabeth Cook’s Apron Strings” weekdays from 6-10 AM on Sirius XM Ch. 60. For more info, visit www.elizabeth-cook.com.

About Yazoo Brewing:

Yazoo Brewing has been producing local craft beer in Nashville since 2003, and takes pride in giving back to the local community that has supported the brewery for 14 years. For more information, visit www.yazoobrew.com or call 615-891-4649.

Media Contact:
Maria Ivey / 615 306 0737
maria@thepresshouse.com

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FREE SEMINARS, SCREENINGS AND SERVICES OFFERED BY MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE IN THE WEEK LEADING TO “HEAL THE MUSIC DAY”

Mammograms, Dental Care and Health & Wellness Workshop available Oct. 16-18 in Nashville – space is limited!

In celebration of “Heal The Music Day,” Nashville-based non-profit MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE is offering a series of free seminars, screenings and dental services to members of the music community. Free mammograms will be offered at Music Health Alliance in the St. Thomas Mobile Mammography Unit on October 16 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Following unprecedented demand for the inaugural Dental Days held in August and September, Music Health Alliance will offer two additional days of free dental exams, cleanings, x-rays and emergency extractions on October 17 and 18. In addition, Music Health Alliance board member and Disney Music Publishing artist and songwriter Tina Parol will moderate a health and wellness workshop “Look Ma No Hands” on October 17. Members of the music community can visit http://www.musichealthalliance.com/blog/ or call Music Health Alliance Manager of Client Services and Communication Carrie Bryant at 615-200-6891 to learn more and make a reservation for one of the many free health care services offered during the week leading up to “Heal The Music Day.”  Space is limited and reservations will be made on a first-come-first-served bases so sign up today!

DATE TIME LOCATION DESCRIPTION RESERVE NOW!
Tues. Oct. 16 9am – 4pm Music Health Alliance – 2737 Larmon Dr, Nashville, TN 37204 BREAST FEST!

Free mammograms available via St. Thomas Mobile Mammogram Unit. Reservation required!

Space is limited and appointments are made on a first-come-first-served basis. Reserve now http://bit.ly/MHABreastFest or call 615-200-6891

 

 

Wed. Oct. 17 5pm-7pm The Steps at WME – 1201 Demonbreun St. 15th Floor Nashville, TN 37203 LOOK MA NO HANDS! Free Health and Wellness panel and workshop with expert guidance for riding the ups and downs of the music industry. Reservation required! Space is limited to 50 people and reservation is required http://bit.ly/LookMaWorkshop

or call 615-200-6891

Wed. Oct. 17 9am – 4pm Music Health Alliance – 2737 Larmon Dr, Nashville, TN 37204 DENTAL DAY! Exams, cleanings, x-rays and emergency extractions provided onsite. Reservation required! Space is limited and appointments are made on a first-come-first-served basis. Reserve now http://bit.ly/MHADentalDay

or call 615-200-6891

Thurs. Oct 18 9am – 4pm Music Health Alliance – 2737 Larmon Dr, Nashville, TN 37204 DENTAL DAY! Exams, cleanings, x-rays and emergency extractions provided onsite. Reservation required! Space is limited and appointments are made on a first-come-first-served basis. Reserve now http://bit.ly/MHADentalDay

or call 615-200-6891

“Heal The Music Day” is an effort to raise awareness and support for the emergency and ongoing medical needs of our country’s creative community, 76% of whom are self-employed or part of a small business. The majority don’t have access to group health benefits and, in many instances, have limited and unpredictable resources. Music Health Alliance’s free services range from access to doctors and hospitals, diagnostic services, medicine, health insurance and finding financial assistance during times of illness.

To participate in “Heal The Music Day,” members of the music community — including artists, songwriters, producers, publishers, publicists, promoters, business managers, record label executives, booking agents, attorneys, venues, stylists and more — can pledge a percentage of their single day earnings to support the lifesaving services provided by Music Health Alliance. Donate now at HealTheMusic.com or checks can be mailed to Music Health Alliance at 2737 Larmon Dr., Nashville, TN 37204. Funds raised during “Heal The Music Day” support the non-profit’s free services, advocacy, education and preventative care initiatives. Learn more at HealTheMusic.com.

Since founding in 2013, Nashville-based non-profit Music Health Alliance has:

  • Served 8,400 members of the music community nationwide
  • Saved over $33,000,000 in healthcare costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and discounted medications
  • Supported our creative community across 38 states and every genre of music
  • Spared 428 families from bankruptcy due to a medical crisis
  • Provided 8 patients with access to transplants including heart, lung, kidney and liver
  • Facilitated access to over 200 trauma counseling sessions for Las Vegas shooting survivors and their families

FREE events offered by Music Health Alliance during the week leading up to the 2nd Annual “Heal The Music Day”:

BREAST FEST 2018 – http://bit.ly/MHABreastFest

Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Music Health Alliance 2737 Larmon Dr. Nashville, TN 37204

Description: Music Health Alliance and Saint Thomas Health’s Mobile Mammogram Unit will offer free mammograms to women working in the music industry who meet the following requirements: 40 years or older without health insurance and an income less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Level ($40,600 for one person household / $51,050 for two person household). Call (615) 200-6891 to schedule your appointment now.

DENTAL DAY – http://bit.ly/MHADentalDay

Date: Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18 (FULL)
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Music Health Alliance 2737 Larmon Dr. Nashville, TN 37204

Description: Exams, Cleanings, X-Rays and Emergency Extractions provided onsite.  If there is a need for fillings, crowns, root canals, etc. a follow-up will be scheduled. Insurance not required. Call (615) 200-6891 to schedule your appointment now.

LOOK MA NO HANDS – http://bit.ly/LookMaWorkshop

Date: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Location: The Steps at WME – 1201 Demonbreun St. 15th Floor Nashville, TN 37203

Description: Free health and wellness workshop moderated by Music Health Alliance board member and Disney Music Publishing artist and songwriter Tina Parol. “Look Ma No Hands” will provide expert guidance in navigating the ups and downs of the music industry including expert advice and tools and techniques to improve mental health, decrease stress, improve physical health and restore peace. Expert panelists include Vanessa Londino (Cast Iron Counseling), Lanny West (Wellness Coach and Nutritionist), Daphne Willis (Artist and Advocate) and Dr. Yasmine Van Wilt (Artist and Advocate). Limited to 50 people, call (615) 200-6891 to reserve your spot now.

Contact Music Health Alliance at 615-200-6896 or info@musichealthalliance.com to learn more about their free services and how you can take part in “Heal The Music Day.”

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For more information about Music Health Alliance contact:

Cindy Hunt / Monarch Publicity / 615-429-2203 / cindy.hunt@monarchpublicity.com

 

“Look Ma No Hands” Panel & Workshop 10/17/18

Look Ma No Hands is a unique Panel & Workshop to Provide Expert Guidance Riding The Ups & Downs of the Music Industry.  Space is limited.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

PANEL & WORKSHOP: A one-of-a-kind event providing Tools and Techniques to decrease the unique stresses of Music Business today so you can refocus, live well and continue to make the great music of tomorrow. All attendees will be provided with one free counseling session with a licensed professional counselor upon request.

Panelists:

  • Vanessa Londino, Cast Iron Counseling
  • Lanny West, Wellness Coach & Nutritionist
  • Daphne Willis, Artist & Mental Health Advocate
  • Dr Yasmine Van Wilt , Artist & Mental Health Advocate
  • Moderated by Tina Parol, Disney Songwriter, Recording Artist

BIOS:

VANESSA LONDINO, Cast Iron Counseling

Vanessa has a B.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a M.A. in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a licensed professional counselor and a certified personal trainer. Her focus is on holistic integration. This means treating the whole person: mind, heart, spirit, and body. Her specializations include trauma and the effects of abuse, addicted and narcissistic family systems, women’s identity issues, spiritual trauma/abuse, couples, and adolescents. Her own healing journey led her to psychotherapy in her early adult years. She is a therapist who’s also been a client. When Vanessa is not counseling, she is speaking, teaching, and writing. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and trail running. She also loves used book stores and road trips.

LANNY WEST, Tipping Point Artist Wellness

Lanny West has worked in music and entertainment for over 30 years. Over that time, he gained more and more interest in nutrition and holistic health matters, putting it into practice in his own life. It didn’t take long to realize what a challenge it is to get healthy and stay healthy in the music world whether you’re on the road, in the studio or just hanging out with musicians. It was that insight that inspired Tipping Point Artist Wellness. It’s a unique solution to a unique problem: staying healthy and balanced in a business that lends itself to midnight drive-through meals, open bar tabs and sleeping at 70 mph. And that’s where Lanny’s singular background comes into play. By combining his training as an Integrative Wellnees Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) with his experience in the music industry, he not only knows what you should be doing, but can help you navigate the realities of putting that plan into practice under less-than-ideal circumstances. And that experience helps him do the part that he likes best: helping you get healthy so you can focus your time and energy on being creative and productive with your art.

DAPHNE WILLIS, Recording Artist & Mental Health Advocate

Collaborating across multiple genres ranging from Roots-Rock and Pop to Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music, classifying Daphne Willis in musical terms is no easy task. With infectious melodies delivered with lyrical precision and honesty, the songs and performances of Daphne Willis are sincere, compelling and relevant. Raised in Chicago, Daphne now calls Nashville, TN home and cites influences as varied as Elvis Costello and Michael Jackson, but her musical output cleverly incorporates such inspirations into a style that is refreshing and contemporary in a way that suits her songs best. With over 1,000 shows under her belt over the past several years, Daphne has been spreading her music to passionate fans across the United States. Her infectious personality combined with her incredible talent caught the eyes and ears of Sony/ATV Music Publishing in early 2016 who quickly signed Daphne to a worldwide publishing agreement. This partnership has resulted in several of her songs being recorded by other artists and used in Commercial, Film and TV productions such as One Tree Hill, Empire and a Microsoft Ad Campaign.

  1. YASMINE VAN WILT,Recording Artist and Mental Health Advocate

Yasmine constructs creative and critical works that explore gender, sexuality, and women’s studies, the environmental humanities, and the medical humanities from an eco-feminist, postcolonial lens. She earned her doctorate in Creative Writing and Postcolonial Studies from the University of London in 2016, and is a Mellon Fellow, an artist-in-residence at Columbia University, and the CEO of Van Wilt Records.She is currently Executive Producing and Impact Producing the feature film Into the Light, directed by eight-time Emmy-winner Charles Stuart, for PBS premiere in May, 2018; the film has screened at the National Geographic headquarters and has been screened at many colleges, including at Columbia University, UCLA, Dartmouth, and is supported by the Campaign to Change Direction.She has also joined the PBS televisions show Health Minds as an Executive Producing, Creative Producer, Impact Producer, and Composer for PBS. She is also releasing a number of musical works via Kobalt Records/Big Machine Record Label, etc this spring and autumn and is the Executive Producer, Creative Producer, Script Developer, and Composer, and Principal Investigator for a project with Everfi, Columbia University, Cornell University, and The WHO.Her musical works have reached Top 40 charts in the UK and US, and she has reached Gold-certified status with a number of compositions. Her work has been co-produced by the BBC, national theatres, West End venues, and major receiving and touring theatres and venues. She has managed several multi-national projects with budgets in excess of $10M USD. The fruits of this labor have been shown at the United Nations, national theaters, on PBS, major international radio, and beyond.

TINA PAROL, Songwriter, Recording Artist and Music Health Alliance Board Member

Tina is a first-generation American born to Polish immigrants in Somerville, NJ. She is fluent in Polish and did not speak English until Kindergarten. At the age of 14, Tina had already developed musical and business instincts beyond her years. Pretending to be her mother, she would cold-call entertainment lawyers in NYC with the intent to land a publishing deal. Tina attended the prestigious New York University, enrolling in both the Clive Davis Department at Tisch School of the Arts, and Liberal Arts School programs. While at school, those same instincts and ambitions helped her to build valuable relationships in the music industry, leading to both a record deal with Universal Motown, and successful pop single “Who’s Got Your Money?”. The single, co-written and co-produced by Parol, charted to #34 on the Pop Airplay charts and allowed Tina the opportunity to tour around the country opening for acts like Flo Rida and Boys Like Girls. Tina’s unrelenting passion for songwriting ultimately lead her to Nashville, TN, where she is a thriving member of the songwriting community, writing with the industry’s best and brightest. Her experiences as a recording artist have shaped her into a very versatile writer with multi-genre sensibilities. Her songs have been recorded by Britney Spears, Sabrina Carpenter, Jamie Lynn Spears, Krewella, Jerrod Niemann, Dallas Smith, Kevin Rudolf, Haley Georgia, Jessie James Decker, and many others. Her songs have also appeared on shows for Fox, Lifetime, MTV, NBC

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MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NEW HIRINGS AND PROMOTIONS

Nashville, TN — August 21, 2018 — Music Health Alliance, the music industry’s healthcare advocate, announced today several new hires and promotions at the Nashville-based non-profit.

Experienced healthcare advocate Nikki Viverette, a native of Atlanta, Georgia who has lived in Nashville since 2010, joined Music Health Alliance last week as Director of Advocacy and Insurance. Having most recently served as Health Policy Analyst at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Viverette has worked directly with and advocated for individuals and families trying to access coverage and care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), TennCare, and CoverKids. In her role as a federally-certified Navigator under the ACA, Nikki also developed curriculum, trained, and provided support to staff at Federally-Qualified Health Centers, as well as other ACA enrollment assisters across the state, and provided education to the public about their options for accessing coverage and care under the ACA. For the last few years, she carried her experience in health advocacy to the field of health policy. There, she drew from her experience in working directly with individuals and families and applied that to her research and writing on Medicaid, health reform, and insurance coverage.

“I’m excited to move back into a role where I can work directly with individuals in a way that educates and empowers them,” says Viverette. “It’s important to me to work with a team committed to advocating for those in need, and I look forward to supporting the music community across the country along with everyone at Music Health Alliance.”

Viverette can be reached at Nikki@musichealthalliance.com.

Viverette succeeds music industry veteran and MHA’s first fulltime employee, Kimberly Dunn, who is leaving to spend more time with her family. “Music Health Alliance would like to sincerely thank Kimberly for the last 5 years of dedicated service, encouragement and belief in MHA’s mission,” says Music Health Alliance Founder/CEO, Tatum Hauck Allsep.

Several members of the Music Health Alliance team have received promotions and new titles to represent updated roles and responsibilities as the company readies for open enrollment, Medicare signups and October 19’s Heal The Music Day. Bonita Allen has added group health insurance to her responsibilities and has been promoted to Director of Advocacy, Group and Individual Insurance. In addition, Taylor Clay is promoted to Senior Director of Advocacy and Insurance.

With Allen’s promotion MHA announces its first full-time group health division.  MHA now offers full service group health insurance for small businesses with a purpose-filled twist.   All revenues from MHA’s group health division are deposited directly into the Cowboy Jack Clement Fund providing grants to cover the cost of medical needs not covered by health insurance to music industry professionals experiencing a health crisis.  To date, the Cowboy Jack Clement Fund has provided 221 grants totaling over $78,000 in life-saving medical needs.

As advocates, Music Health Alliance fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis. The eight-person team at Music Health Alliance remove obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, more than 8,400 members of the music community across 38 states and all genres of music have gained access to lifesaving heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Since 2013, Music Health Alliance has saved over $33-million dollars in healthcare costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and discounted medications. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life. Learn more at MusicHealthAlliance.com.
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For more information about Music Health Alliance contact:
Cindy Hunt / Monarch Publicity / 615-429-2203 / cindy.hunt@monarchpublicity.com

MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE LAUNCHES ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE AUCTIONS IN SUPPORT OF HEAL THE MUSIC DAY

Nashville, TN – August 14, 2018 – Music Health Alliance (MHA) is excited to announce the launch of a series of one-of-a-kind experience auctions via CharityBuzz.com benefitting MHA as part of Heal The Music Day. Two extraordinary in-person experiences are up for auction NOW!

The first is with music icon, Brenda Lee. The highest bidder and guest will be personally hosted by Lee on a VIP tour through the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee and hear behind the scenes stories of her favorite exhibits, including her own. Museum tickets, lunch with Ms. Lee at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and transportation to and from a local hotel to the museum will be provided.

Also available is exclusive behind-the-scenes access and festival guest passes for September’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, featuring performances by Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Lionel Richie, Counting Crows, Elle King and many more! The highest bidder for the Music Industry Insider Access Experience to the Pilgrimage Festival will receive industry guest passes to the festival, access to a backstage music industry and artist hospitality area with a bar, and main stage viewing platform, and inclusion in a private pre-festival dinner with music industry influencers.

Learn more about these amazing experiences, place bids now, and support MHA and Heal The Music Day at charitybuzz.com and find the latest auction offerings at Facebook.com/MusicHealth Alliance.

Check back for upcoming auction experiences including tickets and meet & greet with Mick Fleetwood/Fleetwood Mac!

The auctions will benefit Music Health Alliance in support of its mission to PROTECT, DIRECT & CONNECT members of the music community with medical and financial solutions.

Since founding in 2013, Nashville-based non-profit Music Health Alliance has:

  • Served 8,400 members of the music community nationwide
  • Saved over $33,000,000 in healthcare costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and discounted medications
  • Supported our creative community across 38 states and every genre of music
  • Spared 428 families from bankruptcy due to a medical crisis
  • Provided 8 patients with access to transplants including heart, lung, kidney and liver
  • Facilitated access to over 200 trauma counseling sessions for Las Vegas shooting survivors and their families

Music Health Alliance’s free services range from access to doctors and hospitals, medicine, health insurance and finding financial assistance during times of illness. As advocates, Music Health Alliance fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis. The eight-person team at Music Health Alliance remove obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, members of the music community across the country have gained access to lifesaving cancer treatment, transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life.

To learn more about Music Health Alliance, contact MHA at 615-200-6896 or info@musichealthalliance.com and learn more at HealTheMusic.com.

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For more information about Music Health Alliance contact:

Cindy Hunt / Monarch Publicity / 615-429-2203 / cindy.hunt@monarchpublicity.com

MUSIC INDUSTRY JOURNALIST ROBERT K. OERMANN TO BE HONORED AT THIRD ANNUAL MUSIC ROW STORYTELLERS EVENT

October 29 Event to Benefit Music Health Alliance
Tickets On Sale Now!

NASHVILLE (August 2, 2018) – Music Row is lined with stories…but few people have witnessed as many – and have as many to tell – as Robert K. Oermann. Since arriving in Nashville 40 years ago, “Bobby Karl” has documented, chronicled and helped tell countless tales of the people, places and events that give Music City its moniker. He’s a natural and deserved choice as this year’s Music Row Storytellers honoree.

Music Row Storytellers is an event designed to honor people who stand the test of time in telling the stories that make the music industry so fascinating – the journalists, interviewers, reporters, show hosts and others who’ve lived, breathed and witnessed these moments alongside the music- and decision-makers of Music Row. The third annual event will be held Monday, October 29 at the Wellspire Center (907 Gleaves St., Nashville TN 37203 – valet parking provided). A 6:00pm cocktail reception will be followed by a 6:30pm program honoring Oermann and benefiting Music Health Alliance. The evening will be filled with laughs and stories from Robert K. and surprise guests who’ve been part of his career.

Tickets are available for purchase here for $75.00 (fees included).

Now the unofficial historian of Nashville’s musical heritage, Robert K. Oermann’s love of music can be traced back to his Pittsburgh childhood, when he clerked in his grandmother’s record store. He moved to Nashville in 1978 for a job with the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. His freelance writing put his byline into such publications as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Esquire, TV Guide and – in the early 1980s – the pages of an emerging newspaper called USA Today (as its first country-music reporter and critic). A dozen years with the daily Tennessean made him a Music City staple, as he evolved to become the community’s go-to journalistic source, critic, commentator and tastemaker. His entertaining singles reviews — an anchor of Music Row magazine since its inception in 1981 — have made him a music-industry must-read.

As the author of eight books, the host of the hit podcast Children of Song and a creative force in film and TV documentaries, he has chronicled America’s musical culture for decades, sometimes in collaboration with his wife, Mary A. Bufwack. Liner notes, artist bios and interviews created by Robert K. have breathed life into the careers of innumerable artists, musicians, songwriters and producers. He has served and continues to lend his expertise and perspective to numerous organizations – The Recording Academy, the CMA, the Nashville Public Library, Leadership Music and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame among them. He is also an ombudsman for Music City as a convention speaker, a mentor to students and a frequently televised commentator. Simply put, Robert K. Oermann is a Music Row “Storyteller.”

Music Row Storytellers originated in 2016, drawing major label heads, Grammy-winning artists, noted producers and a cross-section of the music community to salute renowned music journalist Hazel Smith. 2017’s honoree was industry veteran Charlie Monk, who was celebrated by industry leaders, broadcast colleagues and Grand Ole Opry stars.

Music Row Storytellers benefits Nashville-based non-profit Music Health Alliance, which fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis. The seven-person team at Music Health Alliance removes obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, more than 8,400 members of the music community across 38 states and all genres of music have gained access to lifesaving heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Since 2013, Music Health Alliance has saved over $33-million dollars in healthcare costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and discounted medications. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life.

The Music Row Storytellers organizing committee is a group of music industry professionals dedicated to celebrating the leaders, influencers and storytellers that “came before,” while providing awareness and financial contribution to a music industry related non-profit organization.

 

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PRESS CONTACTS:

 

For Music Row Storytellers Honoring Robert K. Oermann:

Maurice Miner, Maurice Miner Media & Marketing

mauricegminer@gmail.com

615-715-2734

 

For Music Health Alliance:

Cindy Hunt, Monarch Publicity

Cindy.Hunt@MonarchPublicity.com

615-429-2203

 

IMAGES & ASSETS (event logo, photo, etc.) AVAILABLE HERE FOR MEDIA USE

 

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