Karousel Music, York St John university and Monks Road Records join forces in support of #Music Minds Matter

Last week, some incredible artists came together to record an album in support of our #MusicMindsMatter campaign. York St John University kindly invited Karousel Music and Monks Road Records to join their annual music production project, which is held every year at the legendary Abbey Road studios.

Some exceptional artists joined us for a week of recording, including The Leisure Society, The Magic Numbers, The Blow Monkeys and Dr Robert, Matt DeightonPat Dam Smyth, Penny Police, Ren Harvieu, Rory Butler, The Magic Lantern, Charlie Wood and TYNI. It was an incredible week, with some outstanding vocals and performances from the artists, and exceptional work from the Music Production final year students from York St John university.  

We’d like to say a big thank you to all the artists involved, to Karousel Music and Monks Road Records, and also to York St John university and their Music Production students for inviting us to join their project at Abbey Road studios.


Chris Sheehan, Music Liaison for HMUK and CEO of Karousel Music said: 

“We’re proud to be joining forces for Help Musicians UK to raise money for one of the most urgent causes there is in our industry: mental health. We’re so grateful that York St John university generously agreed to let us jump in on their session with their best students so our artists and friends could raise for such a vital service; and to Monk’s Road for their donation towards the artwork, mix and master. What better way to aid this great charity than to make an album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, with such great writers and performers? It’s about time us musicians raised for our fellow musicians.” 


Chris Johnson, Lecturer of Music Production, York St John University, said:

“On the BA Music Production students experience the music industry up close and gain first-hand knowledge of the lifestyle of a freelance creative professional. Part of being freelance is that you don’t have an employer to support you in time of need, and so the support given by Help Musicians UK resonates strongly with our course and our students. We wanted to create a project that teamed our students with musicians at the top of their game to make a positive contribution to the industry, so the #MusicMindsMatter campaign is a perfect fit.

The quality of artists Karousel have been able to recruit to take part in the project is phenomenal, and with the help of Monks Road Records we are thrilled to be able to be part of a collaborative effort to help give something back to the industry we work in.”


Check back on our website for further details of the album release date.

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About Music Minds Matter

Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Music Minds Matter is a support line and service for the whole UK music community.

Launched in December 2017, Music Minds Matter is the industry’s most comprehensive service yet – linking advice, signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services to Help Musicians UK’s traditional grants for musicians in need.

With 97 years of experience, HMUK understands the complexity of working in music and recognises the need for support to reflect the nature and unique challenges those in the industry can face.

Call 0808 802 8008 if you need someone to talk to, or would like to explore avenues for ongoing support.

You call also access Music Minds Matter by emailing, MMM@helpmusicians.org.uk (please note a 48-hour turnaround).

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