Duglas T Stewart (BMX Bandits), Vic Galloway (BBC Radio), Emma Pollock (The Delgados), Grant Hutchinson (Frightened Rabbit), Stina Marie Claire (Honeyblood) and Rab Allan (Glasvegas) share intimate stories of the music industry over the coming months
Help Musicians Scotland (HMScotland) today launches its first media partnership with premiere cultural hub The Skinny, featuring a series of emotive short films from some of Scotland’s most loved music industry figures. To mark the beginning of the ongoing collaboration, HMScotland and The Skinny have released the first of six short videos - a series called Real Musicians, Real Help - highlighting the mental health challenges faced by musicians and vital work the charity does in the region, with a touching story from BMX Bandits' Duglas T Stewart.
In the short film, the Scotland native candidly opens up about the struggles he has faced as a musician and how tough it can be going from on-stage elation to relative isolation; he talks about self-harming in his 50s and how Help Musicians Scotland have supported him, from sourcing a counsellor to helping with money to pay the bills.
As seen in the video, Duglas T Stewart said of Help Musicians Scotland: “There are many specialist sets of ears waiting to take calls from people in crisis who are actually there for musicians and [are able to handle] some of the unique issues musicians deal with. It’s an organisation that is geared to the specific needs of musicians and run by people who really understand. The reason they exist is to help. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.”
Over the coming months, treasured Scottish broadcaster Vic Galloway, famed Glasgow native and former The Delgados band member Emma Pollock, drummer in beloved Scot band Frightened Rabbit Grant Hutchison, Stina Tweeddale of rock duo Honeyblood and Rab Allan from Mercury-nominated foursome Glasvegas will also share their own journeys.
This crucial piece of work showcases Scottish musicians and music professionals who, like Duglas has today, share their experiences about the issues currently facing the national music industry and what actions they take to create and maintain a sustainable life and career.
This innovative partnership sees the Scottish arm of Help Musicians UK (HMUK) and The Skinny join forces for the honest videos as part of an exciting new venture, which ensures artists from all genres are aware of, and can benefit from, the suite of funding, grant-giving and support HMScotland offers.
The Skinny is not only Scotland’s largest culture and listings magazine, but its essential music coverage continues to celebrate creativity, highlight new and emerging artists, and encourage readers to get involved in their local scenes across the country and beyond.
HMScotland has already shown commitment to the region in a wide variety of ways, including partnering with the Scottish Album of the Year Awards, participating in key industry conferences such as Wide Days and Resonate, as well as directly supporting Scottish artists through grant funding and welfare support.
The Skinny’s acting Editor, Peter Simpson, commented: “For emerging musicians as well as those trying to take their next steps in their careers, having access to advice, support and guidance is hugely important. We’re excited to help that vital message reach a wider audience and to spread the word about the work that Help Musicians Scotland does for people across Scotland’s music scene.”
Help Musicians Scotland’s Regional Manager, Suzanne Miller, stated: “Scotland, with its vibrant and diverse music sector, is an integral part of the UK industry and Help Musicians Scotland is proud to support the nation’s rich mix of artists and music professionals. Our partnership with The Skinny’s pivotal platform is an obvious fit, through this innovative collaboration the charity will continue to broaden and extend its reach across the spectrum of the Scottish music landscape, putting the support and welfare of musicians first.
Check out the full video of Duglas below: