Welcome

The Third Coast Creative Alliance is an emerging membership driven organization representing professionals in a variety of creative disciplines in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan (see green area).

Our mission is to advocate for creative individuals, organizations and businesses, and those we serve in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan

Arts workers are building a labor movement to save a creative economy

It would hardly seem necessary to state: A life in the arts — in a theater, in a studio, at a writing desk, on a film crew — constitutes honest-to-goodness work. And yet planting this truism in America’s consciousness has proved such a thorny challenge that a whole new labor movement has been spawned to drive it home. Built on the concept of the “arts worker” — an immense labor category representing 8.8 million Americans doing everything from designing clothing to sweeping museum floors — this movement asserts that the arts are as foundational as farming or manufacturing.

Financial Relief for Some Mixed Earners

The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation benefit is designed to provide financial assistance to gig workers, freelancers, and other self-employed individuals who were unintentionally left out of the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program due to technically qualifying for traditional state unemployment. 

You qualify if you meet these criteria:

1). Are you getting traditional unemployment insurance from your state? If you are receiving benefits from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, you do not qualify.

Tax Strategies for Creatives

If you’re in the business of creating, performing, or recording music, there are steps you can take to make the most of your year-end gear purchases and potential tax deductions. But you need to wrap these up by December 31 to be able to claim them on your tax return, so you’ll want to plan your purchases now.

Take a look at the links below; they offer lots of useful information.

Michigan Venue Trade Group Forms

Scott Hammontree, managing partner for Grand Rapids’ The Intersection, said the new trade group – Michigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association (MIVPA) – gives promoters and music venues “a collective voice” as they scramble for survival.

“Our venues and fans have made enough noise to get the attention of some legislators,” he said. “We hope the new organization and lobbying efforts help complete a bridge to the other side of this.”

Musician Treatment Foundation

Please join us in supporting The Musician Treatment Foundation.

The Musician Treatment Foundation (MTF) assists in providing surgical and nonsurgical care for the shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries of uninsured and underinsured professional musicians so they can maintain their livelihoods and keep the music playing for us all. MTF is dedicated to fostering a world that cares for its injured musicians regardless of their ability to pay.

Bang on a Can Marathon

On August 16, Bang on a Can returns with 6 hours of nonconformist, noncommercial, boundary-smashing music. We kick off at 3pm with the singular and extraordinary Wu Man, one of the world’s foremost Pipa players and close off with György Ligeti’s diabolical etude The Devil’s Staircase, performed by piano superstar Jeremy Denk.

Musicians: Now Official, 600 MHz Wireless Mics And IEMs Are Off Limits

As we all try to prepare for whatever this "new normal" looks like, it's a good time to review your wireless system setup, frequency assignments, and check for areas to improve. 

We've been helping a lot of folks update old antennas systems, replace aging coax cable, and put in small but impactful additions like bandpass filters and spectrum analyzers.  With more devices competing for less spectrum, having your wireless system dialed in is more important than ever. http://freshwaterevents.com/node/132

Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting

Pretty soon, as the country begins to figure out how we “open back up” and move forward, very powerful forces will try to convince us all to get back to normal. (That never happened. What are you talking about?) Billions of dollars will be spent on advertising, messaging, and television and media content to make you feel comfortable again. It will come in the traditional forms — a billboard here, a hundred commercials there — and in new-media forms: a 2020–2021 generation of memes to remind you that what you want again is normalcy.