Many of those who create music find it hard to get adequate healthcare. Affordability is a significant barrier—balancing the cost of rent, transportation, and food with the cost of health services. Another barrier is the prioritization of sparking emotion through art rather than self-care. We can’t let these factors drive musicians out of the Seattle area.
Comprehensive healthcare—with an emphasis on prevention and wellness—is good for our musicians, our community and our economy. That’s where SMASH comes in.