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MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN CHARLIE MONK HONORED AT SECOND ANNUAL MUSIC ROW STORYTELLERS EVENT

NASHVILLE (October 10, 2017) – Music industry veteran Charlie Monk was honored Monday, October 9 at the second annual Music Row Storytellers event, benefiting Music Health Alliance.

 

The event honors those 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 chronicle and share the stories of Music Row and its musicmakers.

 

Charlie Monk’s career began as a DJ in the 1950s in his home state of Alabama, bringing him to Music City in 1968. A role at ASCAP was followed by a move into publishing, eventually under his own banner, Monk Family Music, where he signed an unknown Randy Travis, nurtured the career of Kenny Chesney and developed the talents of Nashville’s biggest songwriters. After a brief tenure at Acuff-Rose, Monk settled into his role as a leader in the music community, serving as an executive and member on the boards of such organizations as NARAS, Nashville Songwriters Association International, the GMA and CMA. A founder of the Country Radio Seminar, his decades as the host of the New Faces Show allowed his wit and humor to shine their brightest…as they still do six days a week on SiriusXM Channel 59 (Willie’s Roadhouse).

 

Photos from Music Row Storytellers: An Evening Celebrating Charlie Monk
are available for download here or by pasting the following link into your browser:

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Photo credit: Jeremiah Scott

(L-R) John Zarling, event co-chair and EVP/Marketing & New Business, Sony Music Nashville / Tatum Hauck Allsep, Founder & Executive Director, Music Health Alliance / Music Row Storytellers honoree Charlie Monk / Sheila Shipley Biddy, COO, Music Health Alliance / Maurice Miner, event co-chair and President, Maurice Miner Media & Marketing

 

  

(L-R) Scott Borchetta, Founder/President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group / Sandi Spika Borchetta, Sr. VP Creative, Big Machine Label Group / Capucine Monk (Charlie Monk’s daughter) / Music Row Storytellers honoree Charlie Monk

 

Music Row Storytellers honoree Charlie Monk & Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely

 

(L-R) Steve Blatter, SVP & General Manager, Music Programming, SiriusXM / J.R. Schumann, Sr. Director, Country Programming, SiriusXM / Music Row Storytellers honoree Charlie Monk / Storme Warren, event host and SiriusXM personality

 

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ABOUT MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE:

Nashville-based non-profit 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 removes obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, members of the music community across the 36 states have gained access to lifesaving heart and liver transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other necessary services. Since 2013, Music Health Alliance has saved over $17 million dollars in medical bills and reduced premiums and served over 5,800 people in the music community. 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 Charlie Monk:

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

 

MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NEW HIRINGS, PROMOTIONS AND GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE EXPANSION

Nashville, TN — September 18, 2017 — Music Health Alliance, the music industry’s healthcare advocate, announced today several new hires, promotions and the expansion of group health insurance options at the Nashville-based non-profit.

Joining the company are Bonita Allen and Allison Klein. Allen, whose previous stops include BMI, MCA, Bluewater Music and Westwood One, joins MHA as Director of Advocacy, Insurance & Client Services. She can be reached at bonita@musichealthalliance.com. Klein, whose background includes digital marketing and brand management, joins MHA as Director of Advocacy, Insurance & Marketing. She will oversee marketing services for the 501c3 in addition to client advocacy and individual health insurance needs and can be reached at Allison@musichealthalliance.com.

“As the need for MHA’s programs and services continues to grow at a record setting pace, I am thrilled to announce these additions,” said Music Health Alliance CEO and Founder, Tatum Hauck Allsep. “Bonita brings more than 35 years of music and entertainment experience as well as a sincere compassion and a wealth of health care knowledge. While Allison’s background in digital strategy, sponsorships and marketing will add a new dimension to MHA’s communications as we grow, it’s her inherent love for helping others and resourceful nature that make her a great advocate addition. They both bring MHA closer to our mission to Heal the Music each and every day.”

Kimberly Dunn, MHA Director of Group Health, is spearheading an expansion of Music Health Alliance’s Group Health division, ensuring that the small businesses of the music industry have an experienced, not-for-profit advocate on their side.  Kimberly has been with MHA since its founding and she has seen first-hand the immense need for small businesses to have a trusted advocate. Her job does not stop with enrollment – she continues to act as an advocate to all employees on group plans from birth to end of life to ensure that all of their healthcare needs are met.

“I am so excited that MHA can meet the HUGE need for group health insurance in our industry and there is no one better to lead this expansion than Kimberly Dunn,” said Allsep. “Kimberly’s simplifies the group health insurance process in the same way that MHA has done in the individual health insurance world, by focusing on the facts and removing all of the smoke and mirrors as the only not-for-profit advocate in this arena.”

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 20’s Heal The Music Day. MHA Founder Tatum Hauck Allsep adds CEO responsibilities while Certified Senior Advisor® Shelia Shipley Biddy is elevated to COO. Taylor Clay is promoted to the position of Director of Advocacy & Insurance for the non-profit.

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 heart and liver transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other necessary services. Since 2013, Music Health Alliance has saved over $17 million dollars in medical bills and reduced premiums and served over 5,800 people in the music community. 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 Music Health Alliance press contact:
Heather Conley / Monarch Publicity / 615-202-5070 / heather.conley@monarchpublicity.com

MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE AND HEALTH:FURTHER PARTNER FOR ANNUAL FESTIVAL

MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE AND HEALTH:FURTHER PARTNER
FOR ANNUAL FESTIVAL AT NASHVILLE’S MUSIC CITY CENTER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 13, 2017) — Music Health Alliance (MHA), the music industry’s non-profit healthcare advocate, will partner with Health:Further for its annual Health:Further Festival at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN to be held August 22 – 25, 2017.

The Health:Further Festival is an annual gathering which brings together over 2,000 of the brightest minds in healthcare innovation focused on improving the industry and building a healthier, more sustainable future.

The partnership is designed to showcase the relationship between two of Nashville’s primary industries — music and healthcare — while also expanding opportunities for the creative community to attend the Festival. MHA and Health:Further will collaborate on a scholarship to provide complimentary Festival passes to students and healthcare practitioners. Additionally, MHA will help program components of the Festival, including Brenda Lee for a keynote address and musical entertainment, headlined by three-time Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton, that will be staged throughout the event. A portion of the proceeds from the Festival will be donated exclusively to Music Health Alliance to continue its life-changing services for Nashville’s more than 56,000 people who make a living in the music industry, 76% of whom are self-employed or part of small business.

“Music Health Alliance is a remarkable organization providing critical healthcare services to the music industry, one of Nashville’s largest professional communities,” said Marcus Whitney, CEO & Co-Founder of Health:Further. “The work they do towards making health accessible to musicians aligns closely with our vision at Health:Further, and we could not be more proud to support them in this effort.”

“Music Health Alliance is thrilled to partner with Health:Further in this one-of-a-kind event,” said Music Health Alliance Founder Tatum Allsep. “The forward-thinkers in the Health:Further community are committed to developing the most accessible, affordable and quality healthcare landscape of tomorrow and at MHA we believe this kind of innovative and creative thinking is vital to ensure that the ‘Music’ in Music City stays alive and well.”

The Health:Further Festival is co-produced by the Center for Health Care Market Innovation at Vanderbilt University, in addition to collaboration with TN HIMSS to produce the Summit of the Southeast. It is presented by HealthTrust. Strategic partners include PYA, Waller, Bailey Southwell and Mercer.

For more information on this partnership and the event, visit http://www.healthfurther.com/music-health-alliance

 ABOUT MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE

MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE was founded in 2013 to connect our creative community with invaluable access to life-changing healthcare resources and enable access to doctors, medicine, health insurance and financial assistance for music industry professionals across the U.S. in all genres of music. Music Health Alliance provides compassionate and patient-driven healthcare support with a vision of long-term prevention of illness and overall wellness from the beginning to the end of life for all genres of music across the nation. And their services are entirely free. To date, they have saved over $16 million dollars in medical bills and reduced premiums and served over 5,600 people in the music community.

ABOUT HEALTH:FURTHER

Health:Further is an open community focused on the future of health. We are driven to pursue two difficult ideals: that health is a human right, and that health must be supported affordably and sustainably. Each year our community gathers at the Health:Further Festival in Nashville, TN to exchange ideas, evidence and good will. We are providers, payers, politicians and practitioners. We are investors, innovators, artists and activists. We are patients, and together, we will create the ideal future of health. More at HealthFurther.com.

For more information, contact:

Health:Further:

Marcus Whitney, Co-founder & CEO
Marcus@healthfurther.com

For Music Health Alliance:

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

 

OCTOBER 20 DECLARED “HEAL THE MUSIC DAY” IN NASHVILLE

Heal The Music Day is an Initiative to raise awareness and support for self-employed music community in times of medical crisis, benefitting non-profit Music Health Alliance

Early supporters include Chris & Morgane Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Emmylou Harris, Lee Brice, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Peter Frampton, Rodney Crowell, Ronnie Dunn, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Warner Chappell Music and many more!

For More Information About HEAL THE MUSIC DAY Click HERE

Nashville, TN – June 27, 2017 – Today, Music City Music Council Executive Director Justine Avila and Grammy® award winning artist Rodney Crowell joined Music Health Alliance Founder Tatum Allsep and board members Jay Williams (WME) and Kris Wiatr (Wiatr & Associates) at The Steps at WME to officially proclaim October 20 “Heal The Music Day” in Music City. The initiative, which will take place throughout the Nashville community, is an effort to raise awareness and support for the more than 56,000 people who make a living in the music industry, 76% of whom are self-employed or part of small business without access to group health benefits – including songwriters, producers, audio engineers, musicians, recording artists, publishers and more.

“It is my great pleasure to proclaim October 20th as ‘Heal The Music Day’ in recognition of Music Health Alliance’s work to connect some of the 56,000 Nashvillians in the music industry with doctors, medicine, health insurance and financial assistance during times of illness,” said Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. “So many of our artists, entertainers, songwriters, musicians, and crew are self-employed and go without access to high-quality health insurance. ‘Heal The Music Day’ is about giving back and showing we care about those who put the music in Music City.”

“Heal The Music Day” is the one day a year where everyone involved in the creative community can give back to a non-profit organization that gives to them each and every day throughout the year. Rodney Crowell is leading the charge to raise awareness and create an annual endowment benefitting Music Health Alliance, whose free services connect the music industry with access to doctors and hospitals, life-saving medicine, health insurance and 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 six-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 heart and liver transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other necessary services. Since 2013, Music Health Alliance has saved over $16 million dollars in medical bills and reduced premiums and served over 5,600 people in the music community. 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. Two of Music Health Alliance’s clients – Andrea Davidson and Rory Feek – joined Crowell onstage today to personally share their stories and the care they received during their own health crises.

“There is no other city in the world like Nashville where our namesake and greatest natural resource is music,” said Allsep. “’Heal The Music Day’ is a way to ensure that our city’s music professionals have access to life-saving healthcare not easily accessible by small business owners or the self-employed including our beloved Opry Members, session musicians and songwriters. With the uncertain landscape of healthcare today and impending healthcare legislation, the unique programs and services provided by Music Health Alliance are more important to our music community than ever before. No one in the music industry should ever have to choose between food and medicine. With the community’s support of ‘Heal The Music Day,’ together we can make sure that this is a choice that never has to be made.”

“‘Heal The Music Day’ as an opportunity to educate the Nashville music community on how not-for-profit Music Health Alliance helps our work force and their families find much needed help in times of health crisis and getting the care they need,” said Crowell. “The folks at MHA are a Godsend to this community and ‘Heal The Music Day’ creates an endowment that allows them to continue their critical work.”

Many in our creative community have already committed to “Heal The Music Day,” pledging a percentage of their revenues on October 20 to support their fellow musicians and peers in the industry in times of medical crisis. Early proponents include Chris & Morgane Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Earls of Leicester, Emmylou Harris, Gary Allan, Gene Watson, Glen Templeton, Jerry Douglas, John Prine, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Marty Stuart, Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, Peter Frampton, Rachael Hester, Rodney Crowell, Ronnie Dunn, Rosanne Cash, Sam Bush, Shawn Camp, T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Dualtone Records, Nashville Musicians Union, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), New Frontier Touring, Warner Chappell Music and Wiatr & Associates.

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.”

ABOUT MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE
MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE was founded in 2013 to connect our creative community with invaluable access to life-changing healthcare resources and enable access to doctors, medicine, health insurance and financial assistance for music industry professionals across the U.S. in all genres of music. Music Health Alliance provides compassionate and patient-driven healthcare support with a vision of long-term prevention of illness and overall wellness from the beginning to the end of life for all genres of music across the nation. And their services are entirely free. To date, they have saved over $16 million dollars in medical bills and reduced premiums and served over 5,600 people in the music community. Learn more at MusicHealthAlliance.com.

ABOUT RODNEY CROWELL
Rodney Crowell is a multi-Grammy winning singer/songwriter who has written or recorded fifteen #1 songs, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the recipient of five Americana Music Awards including the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting. His songs have been covered and performed by an eminent group of musicians, including Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Etta James, George Strait, Tim McGraw and Bob Seger. His new release, Close Ties, was released on New West Records March 31, 2017 to critical acclaim.

ABOUT THE MUSIC CITY MUSIC COUNCIL
The Music City Music Council (MC2) is an association of business leaders charged with developing strategies toward heightening the awareness and development of Nashville’s world-wide reputation as Music City. MC2 is currently co-chaired by Mayor Barry and music industry veteran Joe Galante.

MC2 was formed as a partnership between the Nashville Mayor’s Office, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

The conversation and action that results from the diverse group of industry leaders marks the most dynamic effort in Nashville’s history to cooperatively raise the level of activity and opportunity for all. The organization focuses on helping music-related businesses expand or relocate to Nashville; bringing televised music shows and music-related award shows across all genres to the city, and recruiting more music-related events and conventions here.

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For more information about Music Health Alliance contact:
Cindy Hunt / Monarch Publicity
615-429-2203 / cindy.hunt@monarchpublicity.com

GET COVERED WITH MHA’S FREE HEALTH INSURANCE SEMINARS

Nashville, TN — October 17, 2016 (UPDATED) — With health insurance continuing to make headlines in Tennessee and beyond, Music Health Alliance, the music industry’s non-profit healthcare advocate, is offering a series of FREE “Get Covered” seminars open to everyone in the music industry. The monthly programs will take place in partnership with MusiCares and are designed to inform and empower the music community, from self-employed professionals to those covered under their employer’s policy, to identify health insurance options. Seminars will be led by Music Health Alliance’s Tatum Hauck Allsep, founder and 2016 Healthcare Hero recipient, and Shelia Shipley-Biddy, Director of Operations and Certified Senior Advisor®. Open enrollment takes place November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017 with Medicare open enrollment running October 15, 2016 to December 7, 2016.

Music Health Alliance Get Covered 101 for Music Professionals:

  1. Wed., Nov. 9 12-2p MusiCares – 1904 Wedgewood Ave. Nashville, TN 37212
  2. Tues., Dec. 6 12-2p BMI – 10 Music Square E. Nashville, TN 37203
  3. Wed., Jan. 11 1-3p MusiCares – 1904 Wedgewood Ave. Nashville, TN 37212

DESCRIPTION: Music Health Alliance Get Covered 101 For Music Professionals is a simplified health insurance enrollment workshop offering onsite assistance with insurance enrollment. This free seminar for music professionals will provide clear information about options available on Healthcare.gov and with private health insurance. This workshop will answer your questions and equip you to enroll or change your insurance when open enrollment begins on November 1, 2016.

RSVP to Shelia Shipley-Biddy (Shelia@musichealthalliance.com) to attend the free “Get Covered” Seminars hosted by Music Health Alliance.

Questions that will be addressed during Music Health Alliance’s free seminars include:

  • What are the new health insurance options?
  • How much will it cost me?
  • Am I eligible for a subsidy?
  • Who is eligible for free insurance?
  • Where do I get care if I can’t afford insurance?
  • How do I apply?

About Music Health Alliance: Music Health Alliance is a non-profit organization providing the music industry with healthcare advocacy through health insurance, healthcare resources and confidential guidance. The mission of Music Health Alliance is to heal the music by providing access to healthcare through services that PROTECT, DIRECT & CONNECT music industry professionals with medical and financial solutions. Music Health Alliance provides compassionate and patient-driven healthcare support with a vision of long-term prevention of illness and overall wellness from the beginning to the end of life for all genres of music across the nation. In the last 3 years Music Health Alliance has secured over $12 million dollars in life-changing healthcare resources and enabled access to doctors, medicine, health insurance and financial assistance for 4,600 music industry entrepreneurs and professionals to heal the music. To learn more or donate to Music Health Alliance, visit musichealthalliance.com and engage on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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For more information about Music Health Alliance contact:
Cindy Hunt / Monarch Publicity / 615-429-2203 / cindy.hunt@monarchpublicity.com 

Music Row Storytellers Event on 8/15/16

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MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN HAZEL SMITH TO BE HONORED

AT FIRST ANNUAL MUSIC ROW STORYTELLERS EVENT

August 15 Event to Benefit Music Health Alliance; Tickets Available Now

NASHVILLE (June 27, 2016) – Hazel Smith is a storyteller – she has thousands of them. That’s because she witnessed so many, played a role in so many…and ultimately chronicled and shared so many. Hazel is one of Music Row’s “Storytellers,” a journalist who has been a constant force and source in country music as long as many can remember. That is why she’s being honored as the initial subject of Music Row Storytellers.

Music Row Storytellers is a special event series designed to honor those that 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 chronicle and share the stories of Music Row and its musicmakers. The first annual event will be held on Monday, August 15 at Well Placed Smile (907 Gleaves St., Nashville, TN 37203). A 6:00pm cocktail reception will be followed by a 6:30pm program honoring Smith and benefiting Music Health Alliance. The evening will be filled with smiles, laughter and stories from Hazel and surprise guests who’ve been part of her career.

 Tickets are available for purchase at http://musicrowstorytellershs.eventbrite.com for $100.00. A limited amount of reserved seating is available for $110.00 each via the same link

Hazel Smith moved to Nashville in the late ’60s; the divorced mother of two would go on to be a songwriter, publicist, manager and – in what was probably her most durable role – journalist. Her ability to capture and translate a story are a tribute to her no-nonsense questioning, to the respect she’s earned from artists and industry leaders alike…and to her astute sense of observation, which was never more evident than when she coined the phrase “Outlaw Music” in the 1970s to describe the sound that she was hearing from then-clients Kinky Friedman, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Hazel would go on to tell many more of Music Row’s stories as a writer for Country Music magazine, a radio reporter, and a regular columnist for CMT.com. She’s seen it all…and lived a lot of it, too.

Music Row Storytellers benefits Music Health Alliance, a non-profit organization providing the music industry with free services, including healthcare advocacy, resources and confidential guidance. Since its launch in 2013, Music Health Alliance has helped more than 4,100 music industry professionals and their families, and secured over $10.8 million in health care cost reductions as part of that effort. Their goal is to create a safe and confidential place for the music community to gain the very best healthcare and health insurance solutions through defined and transparent advocacy services with an emphasis on the prevention of illness and overall wellness.

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 Hazel Smith:

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

Real Deacon Claybournes struggle to pay for healthcare

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Tennessean – Real Deacon Claybournes struggle to pay for health care

A Tale of Two Deacons – A True Story About Deacon Claybourne in Nashville, TN

As a fan of ABC’s Nashville, I was heartbroken as a doctor frantically tried to resuscitate Deacon Claybourne during a life-saving liver transplant at the end of last season. Great story, right?! But there is a very real piece of this plot line that has been grossly overlooked. How is the real-world musician Deacon paying for this complicated surgery, including the cost of medication, rehabilitation and harvesting his sister’s liver. And based on current music industry statistics, it’s unlikely Deacon even has health insurance to cover these costs.

As the founder of Music Health Alliance, a non-profit that provides free services including healthcare access to clients like Deacon every day, this story is more than just a cliffhanger; it’s real life. It represents a surprisingly huge deficit within the entertainment industry that needs the attention of Nashville, our city whose vibrant foundation flourishes from the fruits of creative business. Despite the perceived prosperity of this industry, fame does not always equal fortune.

On ABC’s Nashville, Deacon is a self-employed singer songwriter who co-wrote a string of hits for Rayna James in the early ‘90’s, and recently joined Luke Wheeler on tour before discovering he has liver cancer.

Deacon Claybourne’s Projected 2015 Income:

Songwriting Mechanical Royalties (6 top 10 songs, 1993-1997)$10,055.36

Songwriting Performance Royalties (6 top 10 songs, 1993-1997$12,202.00

Digital Royalties (6 top 10 songs, 1993-1997) $387.27

Touring Musician Income (25 shows) $9625.00

TOTAL $32,269.63

Deacon’s Songwriter and Touring Income for 2015 is 277% above the Federal Poverty level. As a result, he is not eligible for financial assistance from any Nashville area hospitals.

Now let’s take a look at the cost of Deacon’s healthcare:

Liver Transplant $739,100.00

Liver Donor Surgery $148,000.00

Code Blue during Transplant $44,180.00

TOTAL $931,280.00

Figures from the Milliman Research Report’s 2014 Organ and Tissue Transplant Costs and Baptist Memorial Healthcare’s Cost Calculator. Totals do not include medications, travel or complications post surgery.

The truth is Deacon Claybourne would be uninsured and unable to provide the typically required six-figure down payment for this kind of procedure. He would be bankrupted by medical bills or, even worse, unable to have surgery in the first place. Like Deacon, most of the music industry is self-employed, resulting in a deficit in healthcare coverage and protection against illness and injury. The crisis management norm in our industry is to pass the bucket to help cover emergency medical costs, leading to a perpetual cycle that leaves our music makers vulnerable, impacting the longevity of their careers and the vitality of our industry.

Music Health Alliance is working to break this cycle. In only 2.5 years we’ve served over 2,000 clients. The real stories from our “Deacons” who have been served by Music Health Alliance:

A Southern Rock artist given a death sentence because he had no health insurance is now able to receive treatment for liver cancer and is awaiting a liver transplant.

A Grammy winner eating rice and reusing disposable diapers because he could not afford his Parkinson’s medication. MHA quickly determined he received incorrect information from several pharmacies. Now he has income to meet his needs and access to all of his medicines.

A booking agent with a traumatic brain injury and hospital bill totaling $1.5 million didn’t have access to rehabilitation. Through MHA’s services, he now has a $0 balance hospital bill and access to nationwide treatment options.

If the writers of Nashville really want to pull Deacon Claybourne out of the cliffhanger, they should call Music Health Alliance.

 

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Huge THANKS to the sponsors and in-kind donors of this event including:

  • Firestone/Bridgestone
  • Larry McDonnell
  • City National Bank
  • Hackney Wealth Advisors
  • ASCAP
  • SESAC
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Country Aircheck
  • Nekst.Biz
  • Aristo PR
  • Bellevue MedSpa
  • Little Big Town
  • Simon James Photography
  • Taylor Swift
  • Brian Nash Pet Photography
  • Knit It Real Good
  • Blackhawk/The Outlaws
  • Langford Barksdale Art
  • Wrinkled Records
  • IndustrialLighting

This would not be possible without your generous support.  Many thanks!

 

 

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MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN CHARLIE MONK HONORED AT SECOND ANNUAL MUSIC ROW STORYTELLERS EVENT

NASHVILLE (October 10, 2017) – Music industry veteran Charlie Monk was honored Monday, October 9...

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MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NEW HIRINGS, PROMOTIONS AND GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE EXPANSION

Music Health Alliance, the music industry’s healthcare advocate, announced today several new hires, promotions and the expansion of group health insurance options at the Nashville-based non-profit.

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What The Health? Workshop

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10/20/2017 – Heal The Music Day

Join Rodney Crowell & Music Health Alliance to Heal The Music and ensure that no one in the music industry ever has to chose between food and medicine again.

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