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MORE RESOURCES

To be truly in good health is a to have a combination of physical, mental, spiritual, and social wellness. We’ve compiled a list of resources to help musicians access programs and services from city, county, state, and other nonprofit organizations to help you on your health journey. 

These resources include help with getting health insurance, covering utility bills, paying past-due medical bills, access to free or low-cost transportation options, resources for food access, low-income housing organizations, substance use disorder treatment options, COVID support, and grants for musicians in the Seattle area.

For even more resources, visit wa211.org, a free confidential community service and your one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, health, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention, and much more.

  • I’m a music teacher, can I still become a SMASH member?
    YES! SMASH exists to support all types of musicians.
  • Do spouses, partners, and children of musicians qualify?
    Musicians’ spouses, partners, and children are not eligible to receive primary care services, however, efforts will be made to locate services for them.
  • Do I have to use only SMASH partner providers and clinics?
    No, you do not have to use only SMASH partner providers and clinics if you have preexisting care but since payments go directly to the providers we can not reimburse for appointments that have not been coordinated with the provider and SMASH. If you are not currently receiving care our SMASH Membership Managers will match you with a SMASH partner or utilize providers in your insurance network.
  • Do you only offer preventative care?
    No. Although SMASH is primarily focused on preventative healthcare and overall wellness, SMASH can provide support for acute injuries and concerns via a primary care appointment.
  • What if I need a services not listed?
    SMASH will do whatever we can to help you access the care you need even if we don’t currently have a partner that provides it. Please let us know during your member onboarding meeting how we can help.
  • Does SMASH pay for pre-exisiting medical bills?
    At this time, SMASH does not pay for healthcare costs that occured before becoming a member or for healthcare costs not coordinated in partnership with SMASH. We recommend applying for a Music Cares grant to help with preexisting medical bills. Contact MusiCares West Region: 3030 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404 Ph: 310.392.3777 Fx: 310.392.2187 MusiCaresRelief@MusiCares.org
  • Does SMASH make appointments on behalf of members?
    SMASH does not manage appointments, test results, or nonbilling related communications. We are here to provide resources, funding, and support navigating your health care.
  • Does SMASH have my medical records?
    No. SMASH does not keep any medical records of members and does not speak to your provider about your specific healthcare needs without your written authorization. Your medical records are confidental and between you and your provider.
  • Why do I have to reapply annually?
    We ask musicians to reapply annually so we can keep your information up to date, recheck eligibility, and maintain proper reporting for our non-profit status. It is also an opportunity to renegage about existing and new programs.
  • I play music part-time, can I still become a SMASH member?
    YES! SMASH exists to support all types of musicians.
  • Is SMASH health insurance?
    No. SMASH is a service specifically for musicians, and we are not health insurance. We connect you to certain medical services based on your needs so you can protect your health. You can still access and benefit from all our services with, or without, health insurance.
  • How long does it take to become a SMASH member?
    Less than 5 minutes! Our easy and free online application is all it takes.
  • How do I show that my income has changed in the last couple of months?
    With so much uncertainty, we ask that you project what your best guess is on anticipated earnings. Our income guidelines are that SMASH members make at or below the King County median income.
  • I live outside Seattle, can I become a SMASH member?
    YES! We have expanded to support musicians in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Mason and Thurston counties.
  • I want to become a SMASH member
    The SMASH member application is free and confidential. Your contact information will never be sold for any reason. We are not a health insurance provider; if you have insurance, you can still qualify for SMASH services. MEMBER ELIGIBILITY To become a SMASH member, you must be a musician and/or a music teacher who performs, records, teaches, or composes music within the SMASH service area and fall under our income guidelines. SMASH SERVICE AREA: King Snohomish Pierce Mason Kitsap Thurston HOUSEHOLD YEARLY INCOME GUIDELINES: Household of 1: $55,895 Household of 2: $120,979 Household of 3: $154,352 Household of 4: $178,227 Click here to join SMASH: https://smashseattle.site-ym.com/
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