A busy week for the music industry and mental health

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and sees a busy schedule for the charity as we host health & wellbeing discussions at The Great Escape.

Our Health and Wellbeing survey showed that almost 70% of musicians had suffered from mental health issues at some point in their careers. In response to this, we’re launching our mental health campaign as we partner with The Great Escape festival to host a conference strand called ‘What has the Music Industry Ever Done for You’.

The Brighton-based festival is the largest of its kind in Europe for new music and showcases, with 450 emerging artists descending by the seaside. It also includes a 3 day convention featuring insight panels, topical debates and key notes speeches.

From 2pm Friday 20 May at Duke’s at Komedia we’ll be putting the spotlight on mental health within the music industry and look at how the unique structure and culture of the music industry impacts on musicians who face mental health challenges.

Chief Executive Richard Robinson will be joined by Sally-Anne Gross of Westminster University to introduce new academic research commissioned into the mental health of music professionals. This will inform a wider debate between artists, managers, industry executives and healthcare professionals on how the industry can better ensure the good health of its people, both on and off the stage.

There will also be a conversation with music manager Ellie Giles, who will discuss the role of management in supporting artists when they face mental health challenges. She will be joined by singer-songwriter Pat Dam Smyth, recently supported through the Emerging Artists Fund, who will reveal his own struggles from an artist’s perspective.

All this week we’ll be taking over our social media channels covering Mental Health Awareness Week.

Join in the conversation using #MHAW16

For the full programme of our conference strand at The Great Escape on Friday 20 May, visit the dedicated page. We’ll be there all day so be sure to say hello to our team.

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