In a recent study by Help Musicians as part of their Music Minds Matter campaign, it was revealed that over two-thirds of those interviewed had experienced some form of mental illness or distress. This is much higher than in most other careers and as such is something we need to highlight and address in a positive manner.
A career in the music industry can be one of the poor working conditions, lack of recognition, multiple job roles and an unreliable income stream. This can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, depression and more. This session will examine ways to better manage your career to reduce potential triggers and also look at the best ways to tackle wellbeing issues if they do arise.
Help Musicians UK are the country’s leading UK charity specialising in aiding musicians of all ages and backgrounds in times of poor health, both physical and mental. They will be here to present their research findings and to signpost people to where they can get the best help.
Dr Melanie Grundy will also be speaking from a clinical point of view to share her extensive knowledge and experience. She is an accomplished Jazz musician and also sits on the Help Musicians UK Health and Welfare Board. Additionally, we will have some local musicians who have direct experience of wellbeing issues who will be speaking about how they manage this and have overcome it.
Additionally we have 3 other speakers who will each deal with a specific topic. Double ASCAP award winning songwriter Ken Riley will cover writing blocks, procrastination and the creative cycle. BMG published songwriter and artist Marty Longstaff (The Lake Poets) will talk about performance anxiety, self esteem and touring issues. Popular local singer-songwriter Lesley Roley will look into GAD and panic attacks.
The event will end in a short panel discussion where we will be able to address any questions from the audience that can be taken entirely anonymously, followed by some time for the audience to have a private chat with any of our guests.
This event is hosted by Newcastle University and the Ladders programme with Help Musicians UK.
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