On Monday, 9th October 2023, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Help Musicians, Music Minds Matter event at the infamous Camden Roundhouse.
The rhythm of the music industry is both exhilarating and demanding, a symphony of creativity and dedication that often conceals a less harmonious truth - the toll it can take on mental health. In an industry fueled by passion and relentless pursuit of perfection, the well-being of artists, producers, and everyone involved often takes a backseat. However, a change is underway, as voices within the industry are raising awareness and championing mental health. This was clear to see at the Roundhouse last Monday.
Behind the glitz and glamour, artists grapple with a unique set of challenges. The pressures of performance, the demands of touring, and the constant scrutiny can create an environment ripe for mental health struggles. Isolation, self-doubt, and burnout are just a few of the shadows that can cast a pall over even the most successful careers.
Thankfully, the conversation surrounding mental health in the music industry is gaining momentum. Artists like Lewis Capaldi, for example, are using their platforms to share their own struggles, breaking the stigma and providing a voice for others who may be suffering in silence. Their courage inspires a ripple effect, with more artists, producers, and industry professionals joining the chorus of advocates.
One key aspect of the positive change in the music industry's approach to mental health is the emergence of supportive communities. Initiatives like Help Musicians: Music Minds Matter, workshops, peer support groups, wellness programmes and even our Mental Health Training courses are becoming more commonplace. These spaces offer a safe haven for individuals to share their experiences, seek guidance, and find solace in the company of like-minded individuals. The team at NTES are committed to supporting good mental health, and to celebrate this, we have launched our bespoke mental health first aid and an introduction to mental health for nighttime economy businesses. If you want to learn more, you can look here!
Beyond our platforms and services and all the grassroots efforts, institutions within the music industry are also taking steps to prioritise mental health. Record labels, event organisers, and management teams are implementing policies and resources to support their artists' well-being. This includes access to mental health professionals, flexible tour schedules, and counselling services.
While industry-wide changes are crucial, individuals are also taking charge of their own mental health. Artists and professionals alike recognise the importance of self-care routines, mindfulness practices, and seeking professional help when needed. Prioritising mental wellness is becoming an integral part of sustaining a thriving career in music.
The melody of change is resonating throughout the music industry, as a collective commitment to mental health transforms the landscape. By openly discussing and addressing the challenges artists face, the industry is moving toward a future where well-being is as valued as creativity. Together, we are composing a more harmonious, supportive, and resilient music industry for all.
To round off, I’d love to share with you my top 3 takeaways from the event:
Now more than ever, the industry is really channelling a lot of its energy into speaking openly about mental health, allowing a safe space for all of us to open up about our anxieties, our boundaries and what we can and cannot take on
Record companies, management companies, and agents alike are prioritising their artists' mental health and having those all-important conversations with their acts from the start and consistently throughout their careers, nurturing their boundaries and implementing strategies to make sure artists and their teams can work at their best
It’s ok not to be ok. There are supportive communities out there that cover every topic we need when it comes to leading positive change. Mental Health Matters.