Our first non-opening event at Nomadic Studio involved two super smart gentlemen providing practical advice. Bob Farster and Alex Maiolo presented a double-header on how artists can improve their credit, and sort their insurance, respectively. The aptly titled panel “Protect Yr. Neck” sought to shed light on some of the more real world problems that artists face. No money? No insurance? It sounds unfortunately familiar even now. Luckily, their advice still holds.
Bob Farster is a small business owner, community organizer, philanthropist, and the unofficial mayor of Lincoln Square. He’s also on the short-list of three people I know that I look up to. Don’t want to blow his cover here, but if you see me, ask me about Bob’s magical…costumed charity prank? I don’t know what to call it, but it’s amazing.
Alex Maiolo works for the Future of Music Coalition, which helps artists find insurance options, but is also a gifted writer for such publications as Premiere Guitar, and TapeOp, among other things. He flew in from Chapel Hill to participate in both Nomadic, and to wreck shop with Faiz Zep on bass.
I’m fortunate to still have these fellas in my small clutch of Senators, and regularly go to them for advice and to laugh. Turnout was amusingly sparse for this, but, as is the archival nature of the whole project, we have the audio. Enjoy, and go learn something!