MAD campaign launch & showcase success in Brighton

Late last week and over the weekend, team members from the charity headed to Brighton to co-host a successful showcase as part of The Alternative Escape and to host a conference strand during the much anticipated Great Escape convention.

On Thursday night we teamed up with our friends Karousel Music to host a networking reception, which saw a number of industry figures join us, followed by a smashing showcase featuring musicians we had supported through various schemes.

Hosted by Chris Sheehan of Karousel Music, Throws kicked off the night with their infectious sounds, followed by Samantha Whates with her unique voice filling the intimate space at The Marlborough. Next up were Emerging Artists Fund recipients He Is A Pegasus, Pat Dam Smyth and The Lottery Winners, each wowing the audience. To close the night were Derry-based PORTS who gave a loud and proud send off.

The evening was a huge success, with a full capacity venue and artists playing to many smiling faces.  

We spoke with Chris Sheehan of Karousel Music, he said:

“A triumphant night of pan-genre magnificence both for audience and artists - such a pleasure to see the acts all staying to support each other, shoulder to shoulder with the cream of the industry and the music lovers of Brighton. One of the reasons Karousel fits so well with Help Musicians UK is our jointly held desire to focus on the community, bringing together wherever we can not just musicians/artists, but also those industry professionals minded to help them.

We’re incredibly grateful to Help Musicians UK for making it all possible, and most importantly, for making sure every single musician on that stage from tambourine players to bassists, to singers got a fee and all their expenses. Now let’s turn our attention to supporting their Mental Health campaign - possibly the most important campaign we’ve seen in our time in the music business. As ever, a privilege to be associated."

A selection of photos from the night are below.

The following day we hosted a conference strand at Dukes at Komedia called ‘What Has The Music Industry Ever Done For You’? Chaired by CMU’s Chris Cooke, we launched our MAD (Music and Depression) campaign to underline our commitment to mental health within the music industry.

The afternoon included an inspiring presentation by Sally Gross from the University of Westminster who introduced new academic research into the mental health of music professionals. VICE UK’s Alex Hoffman presented a new video which featured a number of artists openly discussing their struggles with mental health. He was join by Ellie Giles, manager of Bill Ryder Jones.

Our friend and singer/songwriter Pat Dam Smyth joined the discussions, offering a unique artist perspective, sharing his own challenges when making a career in music. To conclude, we spoke with Marcus Barnes and Clare Scivier on practical measures to help artists, and a debate on what future measures could look like across the industry.

We are encouraging people within the music industry to visit the MAD website.

Here you will find a range of resources plus a link to our short survey that we have commissioned the University of Westminster to undertake.

Stay tuned for more on our mental health campaign and keep in touch on Twitter and Facebook using #MADforHMUK

The Great Escape 2016

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