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Hello DC/MD/VA friends.

We wanted to let you know that a documentary film called D-TOUR will be shown in DC a couple of times in the next week.

D-TOUR follows Pat Spurgeon, whose promising indie-rock career as a member of the band Rogue Wave suffers an incredible setback when one of his kidneys begins to fail. D-Tour chronicles Pat's search for a living organ donor and the challenges associated with finding a viable match. Pat's choice to keep touring and working toward the bandís goals is put to the test; the absolute need to perform dialysis daily and to focus on his health became top priority while being on the road. D-Tour also addresses issues with the health care system, the lack of affordable insurance, and the importance of organ donation.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 3:00 PM
Washington DC Jewish Community Center
1529 16th Street, NW (at Q)
Speakers: Chhaya Kapadia, Future of Music Coalition and others
Cost: free

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St. NW
Speakers: Casey Rae-Hunter, Future of Music Coalition and others
Cost: free

Spurgeon's story underscores the challenges that many American musicians face attaining health insurance. Future of Music Coalition began studying this issue early in the decade, and launched its Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) in 2005 to help musicians better understand their health insurance options. HINT doesn't sell insurance, but instead provides information for working musicians, for free. In addition to musician-friendly articles on the website, HINT offers confidential phone consultations, during which musicians can go over their options on a case-by-case, state-by-state basis with a health insurance expert who is also a musician. FMC staff will be on hand at other screenings of D-Tour to discuss the program.

Additional screening dates for D-Tour:

FMC's HINT program:

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Second, we're just three weeks away from the eighth Future of Music Policy Summit, set for October 4-6, 2009 in Washington, DC. Over the course of three days, through panel discussions, keynotes and breakout sessions, we'll be tackling some of the most thought-provoking and timely issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy.

Speakers include: Senator Al Franken, Mike Mills from R.E.M., Daniel Ek from Spotify, Jim Selby from Naxos, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, singer songwriters Nicole Atkins and Erin McKeown, US Copyright Office General Counsel David Carson, Google's Johanna Shelton, Rep. Mike Doyle, Jim Griffin from Choruss, and dozens more!

Register here today

...or apply for a musicians' scholarship, which drops the registration price to $10.