Iggy Pop Promotes Swiftcover, the Company Refuses to Insure Musicians

Although the UK only online insurance company, Swiftcover, has recruited punk star Iggy Pop for their advertising campaign "Get a Life. Get Swiftcovered", it seems that the firm refuses to insure musicians.

According to The Telegraph, Swiftcover has turned down people who work in the music and the entertainment industry for car insurance because of higher levels of risk and potential claims costs. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced it has started to investigate more in the matter following the receipt of 12 complaints from those who were turned down because of their professions.

"We have received 12 complaints and we are formally investigating those complaints. They have challenged whether it is misleading to suggest Iggy Pop has insurance with Swiftcover because its website states that those who work in entertainment cannot take out a car insurance policy with that insurer," explained a spokesman for the ASA.

Among the musicians who were turned down by Swiftcover, there is Tim Soong, who plays bass guitar in Roguetune.

"The customer services operator told me they don't insure musicians," he confessed. "When I mentioned Iggy Pop, she said his case was different because he is American."

To justify the choice of Iggy Pop as the star of their advertising campaign, Swiftcover says the punk singer was selected  to be the face of the company as an actor rather than a musician.

" chose Iggy Pop as the face of its advertising because he loves life, not because he is a musician," explained Tina Shortle, marketing director of Swiftcover.

In addition, there are other uninsurable professions on the black list of Swiftcover. Among them, we can note gambling, modeling, professional sport, bailiffs and bodyguards. Well, as far as we're concerned, not matter their reasons, we can not label their black list other than discriminatory. So, after all, not everyone is entitled to "get a life"...
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