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Health insurance

bandaidLike other self-employed workers, musicians in the U.S. risk financial disaster, should they become seriously ill. Local 1000 now offers 2 plans that will cover most of your medical expenses. Premiums are paid by employer contributions and can be as little as $400 every 6 months.

Traveling musicians, like other self-employed people in the U.S., face the enormous difficulty of finding affordable, accessible health insurance.  Here are the two options we now have:

New health care option: SoundHealthCare

soundhealthcareLocal 1000 is pleased to announce a new health care option for ou r membership. SoundHealthCare has worked for years with the Country Music Association, the Gospel Music Association, and more recently our friends at Local 257 (Nashville) and the International Bluegrass Music Association developing discounted, customized health care plans for music professionals.

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Continuing health benefit plan

The health care plan that we were able to offer through AFM Local 802 has changed.

For further information please contact the Local 1000 office at 212.843.8726

Other options

To find other options for health and prescription coverage, visit these resources: is a program of the Actors Fund, based in New York City to help connect artists to health care everywhere. This helpful website is designed for performing artists to answer questions and assist in finding the best health care solution in an often dismal landscape.

With skyrocketing premiums and growing numbers people of uninsured and underinsured people, the U.S. health care system is in a state of crisis. This is a problem no single labor union or sector of society can solve alone. We encourage our members to support organizations and individuals working to change this situation. Universal Health Care Action Network is a national organization with chapters in 37 states working on this issue. Universal Health Care Action Network is a national organization with chapters in 37 states working on this issue. You can visit them at

Other organizations at the national and state levels are listed at



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