Health Insurance. It has become the most talked about issue on television and in our nation's capitol. But do you even know how many of your friends have insurance or how they get it? To find out more about health care and the music community, we staged a poll of nearly 1,000 fans at concerts around the country and Phish's Festival 8. Here's what we found: About 22 percent of you are among the more than 45 million Americans who lack health insurance. Check out the full results: T
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We are now launching an online poll to add to the results. Take the HeadCount Health Care Poll on Facebook. Look to our blog next month for the online survey results and a series of stories about health care in the world of music.
HOLIDAY AUCTION: SIGNED DMB GUITAR, MEET ADRIAN GRENIER, WARREN HAYNES
To help pay some bills and prepare for the Midterm Election next year, HeadCount is holding a holiday auction of some items you can't get anywhere else - A Taylor guitar signed by every member of Dave Matthews Band, fifth-row center seats for Gov't Mule on Dec. 30 with a signed poster and a chance to meet Warren Haynes, and a lane for eight at Brooklyn Bowl for the Honey Bros. show on Dec. 18, with a chance to meet the entire band including Entourage's Adrian Grenier. To bid on these or other items coming soon, visit the HeadCount Holiday Auction.
WATERWHEEL AT WACHOVIA
HeadCount will be the guest nonprofit at Phish's Waterwheel tables this Wednesday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA. All proceeds from the Waterwheel raffle and merchandise sales that night will benefit HeadCount. So stop by the Waterwheel tables before the show or between sets.
Teaming up with our friends at Sonicbids, we invited emerging artists to submit songs for a special HeadCount podcast. We received more than 50 submissions and narrowed it down to our 10 favorites. To hear some of the best political music from up-and-coming artists, listen to the HeadCount podcast now.
BOB WEIR AND GATHERING OF THE VIBES Last summer Bob autographed a limited edition batch of Jeff Wood Gathering of the Vibes posters. Now, the Vibes has put those posters on sale as a fundraiser for HeadCount. View or purchase posters.
SXSW The organizers of America's number one music showcase selected HeadCount to host a panel at the SXSW Music Conference entitled "Effecting Social Change via Music and Technology." Be sure to look for it on Saturday March 20 if you're in Austin.
Our popular free download page features some new shows this month, plucked from the personal collection of our archivist Ian Stone. Each show this month is from a Thanksgiving weekend show, and there's not a turkey in the bunch. They include Phish from 11/26/97 in Hartford, CT; The Derek Trucks Band from 11/11/00 in Rochester, NY; and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones from the next day, 11/12/00 in Geneva, NY. Get downloads.