PUA

No PUA Payments Anymore…What’s Going to Happen With Us Working Musicians?

PUA“85% of people are more scared of financial ruin than dying of Corona.” – Keith Levenson

Text by Dawoud Kringle 

Yesterday, yes yesterday!, on July 31st, 2020, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) $600 weekly payments to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits expired. The Senate failed to agree on an extension.
Many of our members applied for it. Some of them – including our President Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi – got some help and assistance by brother Keith Levenson.

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MFM “Speaks Out” Podcast EP 12: Keith Levenson on Musicians Navigating Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

“85% of People Are More Scared of Financial Ruin than Dying of Corona?!” – Keith Levenson

In this episode of “MFM Speaks Out,” Adam Reifsteck interviews Broadway music director Keith Levenson, who’s a member of MFM, about the evolution of his music career over the years, how the pandemic has affected the livelihood of professional musicians, and the importance of coming together as a community to be advocates for change.

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Extension: Call Your Senators!!!

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Click here to tell the Senate to support critical pieces of the HEROES Act in the next COVID 19 relief bill including:

Extending Pandemic Unemployment Compensation which provides an additional $600 per week that unemployed workers have been receiving since the CARES Act passed in March.

Preserving healthcare benefits by passing a 100% COBRA premium subsidy for families who have lost access to their employee-based insurance.

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Jackie Venson

MFM “Speaks Out” Podcast EP 11: Jackie Venson – A Rising Star Out of Austin

“I very quickly realized that a music career without Internet presence in 2012 and beyond was not a music career.” – Jackie Venson

In this episode of MFM Speaks Out, Dawoud Kringle interviews Austin TX based guitarist, singer, songwriter & producer Jackie Venson. The topics discussed include Venson’s beginnings, her stylistic development, her approach to music video, her business model, her experiences as a professional musician during the COVID-19 pandemic, and racism & sexism in the music business.