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Center for Arts and Music Entrepreneurship at Loyola marks opening with seminar on artistís health care and wellness

Loyola press release - October 6, 2008

This fall, the Center for Arts and Music Entrepreneurship at Loyola University New Orleans opened its doors. The focus of the center is to help realize the mission and goals of the newly formed New Orleans Music, Entertainment and Educational Consortium.

Last year, the Louisiana Board of Regents and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a $996,000 grant to Loyola to create the consortium. Principal members of this consortium include Loyola, Dillard University, University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College.

The consortium’s mission and goal is to assist artists and arts entrepreneurs in creating sustainable careers by producing seminars, clinics, networking opportunities, tutorials and resources to aid Orleans Parish music, music entrepreneurship and arts education communities, and enhance the region’s cultural economy and creative community.

The CFMAE will serve as the consortium’s key mechanism for content creation and event production.

Content produced will come from various sources which include events, produced by CFMAE, involving nationally known music industry professionals; Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts, College of Business and College of Law events; clinics and tutorials for artists and musicians; events produced by member schools of the consortium; and events produced by other arts and educational institutions in the region.

All of the content produced will be made available to the public by way of public access television and the Internet. The content will also be sent to public access channels nationwide.

Some of the institutions and organizations with which the CFMAE has and will partner include the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, The Creative Arts Center, the Ashe Arts Center, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Musician’s Village, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and New Orleans Center for Creative Art.

CFMAE staff include Kevin Coogan, CFMAE director; Geoffrey Douville, production manager; Georgia McBride, career development coordinator; Kurt Wulff, videographer; Ted Ochoa, video editor; and JeAnne Swinley, office coordinator. John Snyder, Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies, professor of music industry studies and coordinator of the music industry studies program, serves as the director of the consortium.

CFMAE sponsors seminar on artist’s health care and wellness

As its first event, the CFMAE will present “Health Care, Wellness and the Artist,” a seminar that focuses on health care options and wellness issues for artists.

The seminar takes place in two sessions on Saturday, Oct. 18, beginning at 1 p.m., for the first session, and 2:50 p.m., for the second session, in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall, on Loyola’s main campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Speakers Jim Brown, managing director of the Health Insurance Resource Center with the Artists’ Fund, Randall Dick of Health and Safety Sports Consultants, LLC and the American College of Sports Medicine, and Adrian Hutber, Ph.D., vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine program, will present at the seminar.

Brown will discuss specific health care plans and opportunities for artists, both locally and nationally, during the first session at 1 p.m.

Brown’s organization, the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center, has been the central resource for artists nationwide in finding affordable health insurance. It also assists individuals in finding access to affordable health care and paying medical bills, and serves as an advocacy group in changing the health care system in the U.S. Entertainment professionals may receive telephone or in-person counseling at the AHIRC offices to learn about ways to obtain appropriate health insurance and health care.

Dick and Hutber will speak about wellness issues, exercise as medicine and injury rehabilitation and treatment during a second session at 2:50 p.m.

Formally with the NCAA Injury Surveillance System, Dick has an extensive background in sports injury research and data collection.

Hutber’s organization, Exercise is Medicine,™ focuses on encouraging primary care physicians to include exercise when designing patient treatment plans. The program is committed to the belief that exercise and physical activity assist in the prevention and treatment of diseases, and both should be assessed as part of medical care.

For more information about the CFMAE or the “Health Care, Wellness and the Artist,” contact Kevin Coogan with the CFMAE at kacoogan@loyno.edu or call (504) 865-3799. Additional information can also be found on the CFMAE website at http://www.cfmae.org.