Policy

2018 By Artists, For Artists Report Released

Announcing the Release of the 2018 By Artists, For Artists Report on
Massachusetts Artists of all Disciplines, Makers, and Creative Entrepreneurs
The Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) and Artmorpheus are proud to announce the release of the 2018 By Artists, For Artists report on Massachusetts artists of all disciplines, makers, and creative entrepreneurs. Artists and creatives play a vital role in the cultural life and creative economy of Massachusetts, and this report provides critical insights that will guide advocates and …

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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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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 …

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Smoking ban takes effect in New Orleans bars

By Campbell Robertson New York Times  April 23, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — No one goes to a bar here, particularly one that advertises its hours as “2 p.m. till,” and expects precision about the time of day. But it was right on the stroke of midnight that Frankie Mazzanti, 56, one of the owners of the low-ceilinged neighborhood joint called 45 Tchoup, went along the bar picking up ashtrays and tossing them in a plastic bag.
“All right guys, …

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Extending the Reach of Healthcare Programs by Overcoming Obstacles to Use in New Orleans

The City of New Orleans | March 18, 2015

What is New Orleans proposing?
The city of New Orleans is focused on increasing use of healthcare services by overcoming points of resistance through more effective public engagement.
New Orleans seeks to increase the number of people using healthcare services under a Medicaid waiver program. Engaging residents would help New Orleans better understand why people don’t use the program today and how the city could address those issues. …

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Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) statement on Wellness in Music Teaching

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) statement on Wellness in Music Teaching:
https://members.mtna.org/leadership/WellnessStatement.pdf

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Health care for Performing Artists

Artists’ Health Care Task Forces’ 1994 Report to Congress
The following is an excerpt from the report (pp 11-18):
Report to Congress 1994

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Musician benefit highlights health dilemma

“Musician benefit highlights health dilemma
43 percent lack insurance in U.S.”
As quoted from The Advocate: New Orleans Edition, accessed on February 27, 2014:
“The cost of health care is the leading cause of bankruptcy in America, and musicians are hardly the only ones without health insurance. But because many aren’t employed by businesses that offer health insurance benefits — indeed, many work independently — they make up a unique niche of the uninsured population.”
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