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SA Sound: Northside EDM night, healthcare for musicians, new bands to watch

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A clean-cut Hans Frank and his new band, The Smart Boyz


THE M.U.S.I.C. PROJECT IS WORKING The second meeting of the newly formed M.U.S.I.C. Project (Musicians Uniting and Supporting in Communities) took place on January 14, but the meeting will be felt at least until 2015. Bekah Kelso, Pop Pistol’s George Garza Jr. (also M.U.S.I.C.’s president), Chris Duarte and other local artists were there to hear Austin-based guest speaker Nakia (aka Nakia Reynoso, who you may have seen as part of CeeLo Green’s team on the first season of The Voice) stressing the importance of unity for the sake of the scene, yes, but also of becoming a member of The Recording Academy—if you’re a musician or producer, you get to vote at the Grammy Awards, thus helping yourself and other colleagues (still skeptical? Ask anyone who has ever been nominated whether that hurt their careers). But joining the Academy goes well beyond winning an award or a nomination: The Academy paid for Nakia’s substance abuse treatment through MusiCares, the Academy’s branch that helps musicians in need. Moreover, M.U.S.I.C. secretary Candyce Slusher mentioned that one of the main goals of the group is to work towards having health insurance for local musicians, which they’ll try to achieve sooner than later.

“One of our primary goals for 2015 is health insurance for our members,” M.U.S.I.C. executive director Tim Slusher told SA Sound (yes, the Slushers are the nice couple behind Riff House Concerts, on hiatus until April). “Some musicians work full-time jobs just to afford or obtain coverage, others give up, brushing off this necessity that only employees of corporations can acquire. Considering the fact that many musicians juggle their music careers and a full-time job or multiple part-time jobs to meet their household expenses, it is not hard to understand why [they] have come to view health insurance as an extravagance that is out of their reach. M.U.S.I.C. Project’s goal is to have, at the very least, a group rate option.” Not discussed was the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on musicians looking for coverage, though Tim Slusher said he’s been discussing it with healthcare professionals.

However, according to Candyce, even with the ACA, M.U.S.I.C. will still endeavor to secure a group rate for their members.

Go to musicprojecttx.org to find out more about the group, which, among other things, makes it easier for artists to record in exchange for some cool community service.

ATX BRINGING EDM TO SA EDM-oriented RealMusic Events will produce its first show outside of Austin on March 1, choosing the North Side’s Greenhouse Rooftop bar for the occasion. The show will feature New Zealand dubstep duo Mt Eden as headliner with support from DJ Shwann, DJ Crias, CompleteJ and The GoGo Gadgettes. Why SA? “We’re excited to expand into San Antonio, our metropolitan big brother to the south,” RealMusic owner Andrew Parsons told SA Sound. “San Antonio is a massive market where EDM is just starting to thrive and grow. We can’t wait to be a part of it and [we] want to help take things to the next level in the music scene.” Tickets for Mt Eden’s show are $20 at ticketfly.com.

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