“Though the short-sighted executive order was blocked, it has enacted a chilling effect whose end result is unknown” Richard Gehr on RS writes about Trump’s idiotic, and illegal, travel ban order. One musician told him, “No agent’s going to say, ‘I’m going to take on a Syrian artist for next fall.’” Read the full article […]
Academic Recovering in Hospital AUG 25, 2015 – Mark Moogalian, an academic at the University of Paris originally from Midlothian, Virginia, has been revealed as the 4th person that thwarted the attack on the high speed rail in France. Moogalian was actually the first person to engage the suspect, and was seriously injured with a slash […]
Petty calls flag “How a swastika looks to a Jewish person” July 18, 2015 – Tom Petty sat down with Andy Greene of Rolling Stone right after the Confederate battle flag was taken down in South Carolina, and was asked about his past use of the Confederate battle flag. Petty tells RS that the Confederate […]
Activist-Musicians Tweet and Re-Tweet to Voice Reactions Some activist-musicians from Chuck D to Rihanna and Lorde have reacted to the firestorm in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, and GigWise has a good article with all the Tweets and ReTweets from them who used social media to express their feelings on the situation in Baltimore. […]
Most Musicians Have Always Gone Without Health Insurance JAN 28, 2015 – Up till now, most musicians have always just gone without health insurance, because individual health insurance plans were very expensive. Like many Americans, they would use the emergency rooms, which is of course more expensive and drives up healthcare costs. The Affordable Care […]
Public Can Vote on 5 Finalists on Tuesday JAN 4, 2015 – “Once” the musical, a musical about a busker performing on the streets of Melbourne, Australia who finds his love for music again through a friend, is teaming up with Herald Sun and having a contest to find “Melbourne’s Best Busker”. JTMP has our Busking: A […]
Deryck Whibley, guitarist and frontman for the band Sum 41 (and yes, “Avril Lavigne’s ex”) has hit rock bottom with his alcoholism and was hospitalized, and even created a “rock bottom URL” and sent a sobering and heartfelt message to all his friends and fans about what happened, and how he wants to turn things around. […]
NOV 19, 2013 – Musician and filmmaker Julie Sokolow saw firsthand the problem her and other musicians and artists in the Pittsburgh area having the same problem she had, trying to find an affordable health care insurance plan for a single person. So, she formed an organization called "Healthy Artists" to push for a single-payer health care system. After the ACA, or "Obamacare", was rolled out she started using the organization to help musicians and artists not only learn more about the Affordable Health Care Act, but also help it roll out more smoothly and be successful. Musicians and artists have a special stake in the successful roll out and implementation of the ACA, because many musicians are self-employed and have never even thought about health care and insurance. Read more about Julie in her work on PittNews.com here, and check out Healthy Artists website here. Watch musician-activist Matt Dull from the group Young Brokaw talk about getting a bill for $1200 because he had no health insurance after he slipped on the ice. He talks about the need for everyone to have health insurance, so please sign up if you do not have health insurance yet. In some states it is very low cost, and many people will get subsidies to help you pay for it. JTMP asks our musician supporters to sign up for health care insurance through the exchanges by December 14th, 2013 by going to the government's health care insurance exchange website here.
August 7, 2013 – Tennessee musician Ben Friberg became the first person ever to paddleboard the Florida Straits from US to Cuba. The exhausting 110-mile journey took him 28 hours…whew. His father drove a support boat near him the entire journey. When he departed the US on Thursday he told the press he was "doing this to promote peace and understanding between Cuba and the United States and to promote a healthy lifestyle". Ben hails from Chattanooga, and currently is in a trio playing some awesome jazz. Check out some of his tunes at BenFriberg.com. Read more about the journey on NBC News.com here. (photo credit: www.benfriberg.com)
JAN 8, 2013 – A group of artists have made a PSA for a new organization formed after the Newtown tragedy to try and help stop gun violence. The new organization is called "Demand A Plan" and demand our leaders find a way to stop gun violence that has been plaguing our country. Their 3 main demands are background checks for every gun purchase, a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines; and finally they want to make it a federal crime to sell guns across state lines and go after "straw purchasers" that buy guns and then sell them illegally in another state. Watch the PSA below, and check out their website DemandAPlan.org to sign their petition that demands a plan from a leaders to lead us away from gun violence.