LAFAYETTE - A free dental clinic is available to music professionals across south Louisiana this month at Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St.
The dental clinic is part of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Healthcare Initiative, which connects those employed in industries that support the state’s cultural economy to affordable health services.
The clinic, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14, is open to music professionals, including musicians, sound engineers, roadies, music producers and music agents, said Kathy Richard, director of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Healthcare Initiative.
The Sept. 14 dental clinic is held in partnership with MusiCares, a service division of The Recording Academy, which presents the annual Grammy awards, and the Smile Program, which enlists mobile dentists.
Advanced registration and a scheduled appointment is required for the clinic.
No walk-ins will be accepted.
Applicants must present identification, a W-2 form and a recent income tax return. Documentation of participation in one of the following areas is also required:
- at least five years of employment in the music industry;
- at least six commercially released recordings (singles); or
- at least six commercially or promotionally released music videos.
“It’s a bit of a process, but it’s worth it with the services that are provided,” Richard said of the required advanced registration. “We’ve yet to find anyone who has not qualified or we have been unable to qualify.”
Two prior dental clinics, held in partnership with MusiCares, provided services to 52 musicians, according to the LCEF-HI website.
The September clinic is the third dental clinic held by the LCEF-HI.
To register, contact Kathy Richard or Julie Olivier or (337) 233-7060 or Danielle at MusiCares at (877) 626-2748.