Music and Mental Health Study. Help Musicians. UK music business

Can Music Make You Sick? Part 1: Pilot Survey Report Summary


MusicTank/ University of Westminster were commissioned by Help Musicians UK to undertake an ambitious and far-reaching piece of research into the incidence of mental health amongst musicians and those involved in the creative process more generally.  Here are the preliminary findings.


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 is reaching 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’ 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. 
The next phase of the study will delve deeper into these issues and make policy recommendations that will enable Help Musicians UK to launch a nationwide mental-health service for those in the music industry in 2017.