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Orlando’s music community finds its voice

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A few musicians stressed the need for health insurance and other critical benefits that working artists seldom receive. The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), for example, helps provide affordable health care for low-income, uninsured musicians working in and around Texas’ capital city. Could something similar ever happen in Orlando?

Hip-hop artist Harry Hillard Morall III, who performs as The Pizza Posse, was born in Orlando and is a second-year law student at FAMU. He recently signed with a Tampa record label, and he says that music cities like Atlanta, Austin and San Francisco thrive because of organization and professional camaraderie. He believes that cities support their music culture when they recognize the value it provides to the whole community.

“Once you can get all those people walking in the same direction, now you’ve got something going, and that’s how cities get known,” Morall says. “You put us all in the same room, and we all do shows together, and we all make music together. Now you’re starting a movement.”

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