February 23, 2009 16:10

Iggy Pop-advertised company refuses to insure musicians

Swiftcover TV are being reported to the Advertising Standards Authority

Iggy Pop-advertised company refuses to insure musicians
The car insurance company who currently feature Iggy Pop in their £25 million advertising campaign are refusing to give insurance to musicians.

TV adverts for Swiftcover see Pop endorsing the company by saying "I got it Swiftcovered. I got insurance on my insurance. Do it. Get a life. Get Swiftcovered".

However, UK musicians who applied to get insurance from Swiftcover have been told that their occupation means they are ineligible because they are classed as entertainers.

Roguetune bassist Tim Soong revealed that he has been excluded from getting insurance from Swiftcover.

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

"I'm reporting Swiftcover to the Advertising Standards Authority."

Another disgruntled customer is part-time music producer Felix Wright, who said he was also turned down by the company for cover, reports The Evening Standard.

"When I asked what Iggy Pop did for a living if I was being rejected as a musician, they said they did not know his personal life and he was not one of their policyholders," Wright explained.

A spokesperson for Swiftcover said that musicians are excluded from making policies because they and their passengers could have high claims for loss of future earnings if they are injured.

Watch the Swiftcover advert below.

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