2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Artist Health Advocacy Meet Up

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As an artist, healthcare may be one of the last things on your mind, or something that seems nearly impossible to understand or afford.

During this hour session, speak with ambassadors from the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, the SIMS Foundation, Future of Music Coalition's HINT and MusiCares to ask the tough questions on health reform for artists. Learn more about the changing healthcare system from the experts and explore the many opportunities available for freelancing creatives!



Alex Maiolo

Sr Contributor

Future of Music Coalition

Alex Maiolo has worked with The Future of Music Coalition for eleven years, primarily focusing on the health insurance crisis as it relates to the working musician. In 2005, with the aid of a Cummings Grant, the Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) was developed. Musicians in need of health insurance advice can access HINT for free consultations. In addition, Alex plays guitar in the pop rock staple, Fan Modine, owns Seriously Adequate recording studio, is a Senior Contributor for Tape Op Magazine, and writes for Premier Guitar. He has been an active musician since he was nine years old, and an active fan since he was learning to crawl. In addition participating in many festivals (SXSW '06-'013 TapeOpCon '04-'08; Potluck Con '08 - '13; Pop Montreal '06; FMC Policy Summits '03-'011; PopAsheville '07-'09; Six Points Music Festival '07; San Francisco Tech Summit '11; Berlin Music Week '12) to discuss anything from music's changing landscape, recording, and advocacy, to the troubling state of health insurance in the U.S. He is a partner with an insurance agency in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, specializing in insurance as it relates to the artist, studio owner, and musician.

Christopher Alberts

Dir of Dev

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Harold Owens

Sr Dir



Heather Alden

Managing Dir

SIMS Foundation

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