Today most musicians do not have the luxury of purchasing health insurance. Most musicians suffer from some health issues that can either be avoided through education and awareness or treated if diagnosed early. Without healthcare insurance and regular checkups, a musician is left to fight with health problems only when it is too late. Furthermore, if most musicians aren’t playing they aren’t earning any income so the problem becomes exponentially worse. After years of witnessing fine musicians being struck by similar health issues (such as tinitus, hearing loss, etc.) Michael Tobias founded MTD4Lyfe: a 503c non-profit organization to spread awareness and support organizations working towards bettering the lives of musicians through offering low-cost healthcare or education and awareness to help correct health problems before it’s too late.
MTD4LYFE hosts the Annual MTD Family Reunion Fundraiser to raise money to support organizations focusing on healthcare for musicians. With 100% of the proceeds going to charitable organizations MTD4Lyfe is focused on bettering the lives of musicians by empowering them with the resources and awareness necessary to lead healthy and sustainable lives as artists.
2012 MTD4LYFE Organizations
MusiCares® provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical & personal emergencies, & each case is treated with integrity & confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. Visit www.musicares.org for more information.
H.E.A.R.® Founded by bass player Kathy Peck, H.E.A.R.’s mission is the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians and music fans (especially teens) through education awareness and grassroots outreach advocacy. H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to raising awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels from music which can lead to permanent, and sometimes debilitating, hearing loss and tinnitus. Visit www.hearnet.com for more information.