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Providers Needed for MusiCares Medical Network

To better address the ever-growing number of music professionals without basic or adequate medical coverage, MusiCares (50lc3 non-profit organization) works closely with a dedicated group of health care professionals through the MusiCares Medical Network to provide the valuable and often life-changing services that some clients require, but simply cannot afford. The network is comprised of providers who recognize this reality and generously give their time and expertise to treat MusiCares’ referrals that are underinsured or uninsured and lack the means to pay for services. Through the efforts of these professionals our clients are able to access specialty care that may not be available to them. MusiCares can often cover the costs of the services offered by the providers when the music client receives approval in advance.

MusiCares Medical Network providers are needed in a variety of specialty areas nationwide, including Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery, Physical Therapy, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Urology, Otolaryngology, Dermatology, Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine to name a few. We are interested in expanding our coverage to provide a broader outreach to the music community.

MusiCares will initially vet the client case to determine eligibility and will then schedule the appointment for the client in need. Initial fees will be determined in advance for the initial visit and all payments are issued directly to the provider after the services are provided. MusiCares provides direct financial assistance to approximately 6000 clients annually for a variety of issues and needs. Each provider in our medical network shouldn’t receive any more than a few referrals annually.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit:

  • Name
  • Type of practice
  • Credentials
  • Address of practice
  • Phone number
  • Contact name and email address for appointment scheduling
  • Website address (if interested in being included in our MMN group listed online)
  • Fee schedules

 

Please send form to:

Debbie Carroll, LCSW

Senior Executive Director

debbie@grammy.com

(615) 327-0050 p. (615) 327-0876 f.

 

For more information about MusiCares, please visit www.musicares.org

 



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A Finer Pointe: Visualizing the ankle’s response to ballet’s toughest task

The use of detailed orthopedic imaging to examine dancers’ ankles while in the en pointe position offers insight into the biomechanical demands associated with a position that, although highly unnatural, is nevertheless essential to a ballerina’s performance.

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Boston’s Arts Revival and Athletes and the Arts

The City of Boston’s innovative BOSTON CREATES,  a cultural plan for the city, includes a planned Artist First initiative.  “Boston’s artists of all disciplines, ages, and backgrounds are central to Artists First Initiative. This initiative will address artists’ occupational health needs, professional development, affordable artist space, fair trade, and compensation.”   Learn more


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Female Athlete Triad

The female athlete triad (Triad) refers to the interrelationships among energy availability, menstrual function, and bone mineral density, which may have clinical manifestations including eating disorders, functional hypothalamic amenorrhea, and osteoporosis. With proper nutrition, these same relationships promote robust health.  This can be an issue for both sport athletes and performing artists, especially dancers.


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Insight Newsletter

Quarterly updated newsletters from the National Center for Drug Free Sport which include current topics around sport athlete drug and supplement use. Many of these issues are applicable to performing artists as well. The below link takes you to the website with the updated newsletters.

Visit the National Center for Drug Free Sport website

Specific articles of interest noted below:

-Pain killer and prescription drug overuse.
Insight pain killer article

-Kratom, A High Risk Supplement
-An Update on E-cigarettes
Download the PDF version of the Insight newsletter to read these articles.



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Lightning Safety

The below PDF provides a Lightning Safety policy developed by one of the AATA collaborating organizations, The National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Lightning is the most dangerous and frequent encountered thunderstorm hazard that people experience every year. Over the past century, it has consistently been in the top 2 causes of storm-related deaths in the United States. During the most recent decade, lightning was responsible for an average of 42 fatalities yearly in the United States and an estimated 10 times as many injuries. Outdoor performing arts events, including drum corp competitions and music and dance festivals, should incorporate a storm emergency action plan for the safety of both the performers and the audience.

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Lightning Safety for Athletics and Recreation



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Athletes and the Arts Overview – One Page Fact Sheet

ATHLETES AND THE ARTS links the communities of sport athletes and performing artists through collaborative exchange and programs focusing on wellness, training and performance research. ATHLETES AND THE ARTS recognizes that many performers are athletes whose health and performance can benefit from knowledge, programs and techniques developed for sport athletes.

Download the Athletes and the Arts General Handout

 



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Musicians and Hearing Loss – One Page Fact Sheet

• 50% of musicians may have problems with hearing loss.
• Listening to music, live or recorded, in performance or rehearsal, can result in significant exposure to high sound levels.
• Risk of injury is based on a combination of sound intensity and duration.
• Hearing loss is cumulative: all sources (24/7) of elevated sound levels contribute.
• Permanent noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible.
• Temporary noise-induced hearing loss is reversible with adequate rest and recovery.

 

Download a one-page summary (PDF) on Musicians and Hearing Loss.



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