Musicians at risk of mental health issues, claim charity

New research has shown the pressures on musicians' mental health and wellbeing

Musicians at risk of mental health issues, claim charity

Music students should be better educated on the potential mental health risks of a career in the music industry, charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has suggested.

The charity has also urged music organisations to sign up to a Code of Best Practices, and once more outlined its plans to launch a mental health service for musicians by the end of the year.

This all contributes to a new report formed by HMUK that builds upon a study they conducted last year that found that two out of three music industry workers suffer from depression.

The new study invited back 26 professional musicians from last years research to take part in more in-depth qualitative research. HMUK were seeking to get an understanding of how working conditions may have impacted their mental wellbeing.

They found that the nature of careers in the music industry left significant pressure on the interviewees, with some commenting on the unpredictable nature of work requiring a musician to take on multiple jobs at once.

They also made reference to an environment of "constant critical feedback", which isolates the musicians. Their hectic work lifestyles also limits their ability to access professional help.

Some even reported sexual abuse, bullying, harassment and coercion.

Source: Arts Professional

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