Help Musicians UK partners with Getahead - the first 24 hour mental health festival

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) announced today that it is official charity partner of Getahead Festival, the world’s first 24-hour urban festival of the head which will take place at OMEARA, London on 13 June 2018 and consist of a pre-work rave, talks, panel discussions, comedy, live music and an all-night disco dance from 6am–6am.

The festival is a unique, non-profit social purpose venture from AEI Group and Tech Dept. that aims to be the “SXSW of mental health and wellbeing” and help music fans and creative entrepreneurs learn how to get ahead and achieve their goals without burning out. HMUK has partnered with AEI Group and Getahead as part of a long-term plan to collaborate and affect industry-wide positive change in mental health and wellbeing. 

HMUK will specially curate a schedule of panel discussions at Getahead festival that will cover ‘Self-care for creative entrepreneurs’‘Music Minds Matter and mental health in the music industry’ and ‘Addiction in the entertainment industry'. These discussions will feature expert guests including DJ and journalist Goldierocks, music industry pshychotherapist Chris Madden, psychotherapist and ex-Babyshambles Adam Ficek, breath expert and former DJ Stuart Sandeman and music industry insider and researcher of HMUK’s ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ mental health report Sally Anne Gross. There will also be a showcase of hot, emerging artists that have been championed and supported by HMUK including Elsa Hewitt, Ben Pearce and others.

The charity will conclude its schedule by hosting an early evening networking session, where attendees can ask advice and explore the day’s topics in more detail with mental health professionals, experts and panel members. 

Help Musicians UK’s Director of External Affairs Christine Brown said: “We’re excited to partner with AEI Group for the inaugural Getahead Festival.  HMUK is in it for the long-haul for the music industry's mental health and with our common vision, this partnership has the potential to grow and affect real change. It is imperative, more than ever, that we continue to advocate and promote the importance of well-being in the music industry with like-minded organisations to spread the message far and wide.  Health and Welfare is the golden thread of the charity and through our landmark 24/7 mental health support line and service, Music Minds Matter, as well as the #HearForMusicians musicians’ hearing health scheme and many other vital programmes and events, HMUK continues to invest in health and wellbeing and we can’t wait to be part of the success of Getahead, now and in future years to come.

Jenni Cochrane, Director, AEI Group added "We are extremely proud to be partnering with HMUK on Getahead, they are an incredible organisation and the support they offer musicians is unparalleled. Our goals towards helping the music and broader industries are very much aligned and we’re excited to grow this new partnership into a long-term relationship to help our global community. Building awareness of our health and wellbeing is more important now than ever. With modern day life in the music, tech and creative industries increasingly putting a strain on our mental and physical health we have a responsibility to create and build a greater understanding of how to get ahead in life and achieve our goals without burning out. Collectively with HMUK, we can do this.”

See below for HMUK’s schedule of events, and visit for the full festival schedule.

09.30 - 11.15 (Mezzanine, Omeara)

Workshop - ‘Self care for creative entrepreneurs’

 Facilitated by HMUK’s Director of External Affairs Christine Brown, in this workshop you will hear from Goldierocks, Chris Madden, Stuart Sandeman and more, sharing their stories and practical advice on how best to practice self-care when starting, running and growing your own creative business.


12.00 – 13.00 (Siding, Omeara)

Panel – ‘Music Minds Matter’

In December 2017 HMUK launched Music Minds Matter, a 24/7 confidential mental health support line and service, following the findings of ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’, the world’s first academic research into music and mental health which revealed that the music community may be up to three times more likely to experience depression that the general public. This session chaired by HMUK’s Chief Executive Richard Robinson, the panel including Adam Ficek, Chris Madden and Sally Anne Gross will explore this much publicised topic.


14.30 – 15.50 (Siding, Omeara)

Panel – ‘Addiction in the Entertainment Industry’

 It’s no secret that the entertainment industry can be an environment of widespread substance abuse and addiction. This panel moderated by HMUK’s Director of External Affairs Christine Brown, will offer speak to a number of industry figures including Kerry O’Brien of Young Urban Arts Foundation, DJ and promoter Danny Gould and Leena Lewis of Our Kid Sista.


16.30 - 18.30 (Main room, Omeara)

HMUK Showcase

This showcase highlights artists who have all been supported by HMUK. On the lineup is Elsa Hewitt a singer, songwriter and producer who received funding from HMUK via the Future Bubblers programme, and others.


18.30 – 20.30 (Siding Bar, Omeara)

Networking – ‘Post-work drinks’

Join HMUK, panellists, mental health professionals and experts in an informal setting, to discuss, exchange information and ideas from the day’s events.

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