November 24, 2009

health insurance for artists

California Lawyers for the Arts is pleased to present...

A Free Workshop for Self-employed Artists, Families, and Individuals
With Michael Grodsky, AIF®

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

DESCRIPTION: Choosing a suitable health insurance plan in the individual or small-group market can be a daunting task. How does one compare plans from the hundreds available, when they are all so different? Can a
self-employed person qualify for guaranteed-issue group insurance? How might health insurance reform affect me? If you want answers to these questions and more, this friendly, interactive workshop is for you.
Topics include:

* Terminology and design features of health insurance plans.
* How to select a suitable plan.
* How self-employed entrepreneurs can qualify for guaranteed-issue small group health plans.
* Group insurance for artists who teach college part-time.
* What health insurance reform may mean for you.

What to bring: a notebook and pencil.

SPEAKER: Michael Grodsky ( is a financial consultant helping businesses and non-profit organizations implement employer-sponsored group health insurance and retirement plans, with an
emphasis on socially conscious investing. Michael also provides investment management and insurance services for individuals and families. He is a frequent guest lecturer at California School for the Arts on the topic of financial planning, a Social Investment Forum member, and CFO of Side Street Projects (, a non-profit artist-run organization. An Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in Classical Guitar Performance and a Master's in Music Theory/Composition from
California State University, Fullerton. He enjoys swimming and making sounds with friends, and is married to artist Mara Lonner. They live in Los Angeles with their two trippy dogs. You can contact Michael at or call (323) 293-6800. Registered representative offering securities and advisory services through Independent Financial Group LLC, a registered broker-dealer and investment adviser, member FINRA/SIPC. Office of supervisory jurisdiction: 1800 Bridgegate St., Westlake Village, CA 91361. Aquarius Financial and Independent Financial Group, LLC are not affiliated. CAinsurance license 0F43491.

About GYST: Getting Your Sh*t Together ( is an artist run company that applies the creativity of an artist's mind to the complex and daunting world of professional practices in contemporary
art. Their mission is to support artists and arts organizations with an integrated mix of software, services and information in order to keep artists working. Michael and GYST have teamed up to present health insurance workshops at locations throughout Los Angeles. Visit for workshop dates.

About California Lawyers for the Arts: C.L.A. empowers creative people and their organizations by building the capacity of artists and arts organizations to handle the legal and business aspects of their creative activities, increasing the awareness and involvement of the legal community in issues affecting artists and the arts community, and increasing the law's responsiveness to the needs and interests of the arts community.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401


REGISTRATION: Call CLA at (310) 998-5590, or email Angela (please include your contact info and specify the workshop date(s)) at:>

These workshops are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the California Community Foundation. Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.

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