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Music has a way of opening our hearts and helping us feel more connected to others, to ourselves, and to the world around us. As a result, it is a direct line to our emotions and state of being.

Individuals in the music industry are making music that heals others, but more often than not, their own emotional and mental health needs are being neglected. And as a result, the music industry as whole faces mental health issues and crises in both their personal and professional lives. 

From the road crew to management to the artist, no one is immune to the pressures of creating, promoting, performing and touring. 

The"daily grind" from working in the industry can exacerbate (or in some cases create) issues with depression, anxiety, loneliness, frustration, self care, balancing home and work life, eating disorders, substance use, and self harm.

In a 2018 study from the Music Industry Research Association, 50 percent of musicians reported battling symptoms of depression, compared with less than 25 percent of the general adult population. Nearly 12 percent reported having suicidal thoughts — nearly four times the general population. According to a 2019 study published by Swedish digital-distribution platform Record Union, the numbers are even starker: It found that 73 percent of independent musicians have battled stress, anxiety, and depression. More recently (in pre-pandemic 2020), a major research study through the Tour Health Research Initiative found:

  • 34% of touring professionals suffered from clinical levels of depression,

  • 70% reported trouble sleeping,

  • 83% reported feeling overworked, 

  • 79% reported experiencing significant worry regarding their financial stability,

  • 45% reported drinking alcohol regularly, 

  • 74% reported that touring strained their relationships.

  • 26% reported serious suicidal ideation,

  • 58% reported losing a tour colleague to suicide.

 

It is time to take action for yourself, for your artist, for your team.

See how we can help.

We Are On A Mission

Our mission is to:

provide awareness to the community about the ongoing need for adequate and consistent mental health care for music industry professionals;

 

reduce the stigma in the industry surrounding individuals seeking mental health care; and

provide education and resources in the form of free educational seminars/webinars, online support rooms and tailor-made resource lists for the industry professional's individual needs. 

Further, we are committed to make treatment available to every music industry professional who reaches out to us. That is why 50% of all monies earned/donated goes towards creating scholarships for individuals who want or need mental health care. Our goal is to raise enough money to provide every scholarship applicant $1,500.00 (which will equal approximately 10 counseling sessions). 

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, please email us at: theartistminds@gmail.com.

(And if you want to get some really cool gear that also supports these mental health scholarships, click here.)

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What We Do

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Advocacy

We advocate to have your voice heard and your needs met.

 

If you are struggling with a mental health issue or concern, we work with you to assist you in finding and getting the care you need and deserve.

 

Our goal is to walk beside you to curate the best resources for your situation and needs. 

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Access to Articles & Information

Tips and tricks on how to take care of yourself, both on and off the road. 

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We provide free, curated content on a variety of mental health, physical health, nutritional health and general life topics. 

Is there a topic you want covered? Please email us and we will be more than happy to add it to the list. We want to ensure you have all of the tools you need at your disposal and on your timetable. 

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Free Resources

In addition to advocating for your needs, we also have available free resources for you to check out and explore at your convenience. 

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Online Support Rooms

Need a place to check in and ask questions, or to come in and chat with your peers? Drop in our online support rooms - we are stronger together. 

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You Don't Know What You Need or Where to Begin

Getting started can be overwhelming and intimidating. That is okay - we are here to help. Give us a call or drop us an email and let's chat to find the best solution for you.