Author/s: Sally Anne Gross and Dr. George Musgrave, 2016
Help Musicians UK has experienced a rise in the number of calls and applications for help from musicians experiencing mental health problems, and is seeking to understand and quantify their significance as well as find solutions to this issue within the industry.
This research sought to reach out to stakeholders across a broad age and genre range in pursuit of a more inclusive and holistic reflection of the state of musicians’ mental health and industry practice, and extends its focus beyond musicians to all those involved in the creative music process to include producers, sound engineers, re-mixers, composers, songwriters, live crew, labels and publishers.
Help Musicians’ ongoing mental health campaign seeks to find solutions, rather than simply starting conversations, and will be informed by this academic study, which will explore how the music industry can have a negative impact on the mental health of those working within it and investigate initiatives that can tackle some of the issues.
This is a vital first step in seeking to understand how musicians and others working within the wider music industry in the UK experience mental health concerns, suggesting the source of their ill-health.
Phase 2 of the study delved deeper into these issues and made policy recommendations that informed and guided Help Musicians UK nationwide musicians’ mental-health service, launching Autumn 2017.