At SMASH we take the following actions to provide services for eligible musicians:
- Offer preventive care visits with traditional and naturopathic providers
- Provide hearing screening and custom molded earplugs to help prevent hearing loss
- Build community to advocate for healthcare on behalf of King County musicians
The extent of benefits available to SMASH members ranges depending on eligibility factors.
To become a SMASH member, you need to:
- be a working live music performer, studio music performer and/or composer/music writer who is 18 years old or older;
- have an annual gross/adjusted gross income from all employment that is at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level;
- be a resident of King County, Washington;
- provide information regarding family size, household income, and ID verification;
- currently be employed or have been employed in the last 12 months as a musician, and have the ability to document that employment;
- provide 3 references who will be contacted to confirm your work as a musician (e.g. club owners, booking agents, record labels, etc.); and
- agree to one preventive health care visit each year of your enrollment.
A working musician’s spouse, partner, and children are not included to receive primary care services, however efforts will be made to locate services for them.
How to Apply
Contact SMASH for pre-screening to see if you qualify for membership, and to schedule an enrollment appointment
Bring the following documentation with you to your appointment:
- Completed application
- Proof of King County residency (utility bill, rental agreement, voter ID, letter from landlord)
- Valid driver’s license or current government photo ID
- Names, business addresses, & phone numbers of 3 references
- Proof of work as a musician (check stubs, flyers, media articles, copies of contracts, liner note credits, web links, social media sites, discography, letter from manager)
- Proof of gross income (letter from a third party, income tax statement, paycheck stubs, contracts, etc.) – Bring what you’ve got, we’re here to help!