Non-profit Music Health Alliance has announced that its advocacy and partnerships have saved the music community $40 million in health care costs in its first six years. Nearly 10,000 songwriters, producers, audio engineers, musicians, recording artists, publishers and more across the country have sought help through the non-profit.
In 2018, MHA saw a 40 percent spike in clients served during insurance and Medicare open enrollment, totaling 3,100 members of the music community and more than $7.6 Million in insurance premiums and out-of-pocket cost savings. MHA underwrote six Dental Days in 2018, providing services such as dentures, root canals, x-rays and cleanings to uninsured clients.
MHA’s partner St. Thomas Health brought out their Mobile Mammogram Unit for 2018’s Heal The Music Day to provide free screenings for women in an event called Breast Fest.
The Jack Pot, named for Cowboy Jack Clement, paid out grants including treatment for more than 50 persons seeking mental health support. And the Ben Eyestone Fund, founded in partnership with the late drummer’s family and St. Thomas Health, has saved 18 lives in 2018 by providing access to diagnostic testing and follow-up treatment.
MHA services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for three or more years or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos.