A study to explore the effects of music on the mental health of musicians reveals that music affects your mental health. The study involved interviewing 2,211 musicians, with 71.1% of them confessing of having suffered from anxiety and panic attacks. Also, 68.5% of the interviewees admitted to struggling with depression.

The study, commissioned by Help Musicians UK and completed by the University of Westminster, cited money as the main issue. Most musicians attributed their hectic schedules, juggling between jobs, dealing with unpredictable pay, and poor working conditions as the causes of their mental challenges. Additionally, musicians were also susceptible to bullying, sexual abuse and discrimination as some of the challenges they face in their jobs.

Mental Health Crisis Debate

In this year’s IMS Ibiza, Klas Bergling, Avicii‘s father, will share his thoughts on avoiding unnecessary loss of life in the industry. Klas Bergling will also discuss the role of the Tim Bergling Foundation in supporting people and organisations working in the fields of suicide prevention and mental health.

The keynote topic of this year’s summit is MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS DEBATE, and it will have Professor Green, music artist and mental health campaigner, and distinguished DJ and producer Luciano as critical speakers. They will get some backing from mental health experts who have been treating some of the most prosperous talents in music.
IMS Ibiza, as a premier platform for culture, business and education in the electronic music industry, will unite the most influential figures in the music industry to drive discussions that make a meaningful difference in the industry.

Source: International Music Summit

Pressure of Work

Regrettably, by design, the music industry is fashioned to expose every player to the impact of mental health. The tension in the music industry is immense, with musicians consistently on the go, shuttling between strenuous tour cycles and away from families. Also, deadlines from labels can create a lot of anxiety, especially for new artists.

Warning signs

Within the music industry, the warning signs are glaring and the earlier they are addressed, the better for musicians. The oft ubiquitous use of substance abuse among industry players may look like a lifestyle but, in reality, it is an early sign of depression. While the industry seems to encourage drug abuse latently, industry players need to sensitise artists on the perils of drug and substance abuse.

Take care of your body, because it’s the only one you’ve got. There will be other gigs to book. Learn how to say “no” to commitments that do not offer value in exchange for your efforts. Schedule time for rest and relaxation. It’s OK to not be a “type A personality.” You do not need to be productive every waking second. Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is slow down or rest.

Loss of Avicii and Keith Flint

Following the shocking and devastating loss of Swedish DJ and producer Tim Bergling, popularly known to as Avicii, and the recent heart-rending demise of Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, the music industry has come out to recognise the existing mental health problems in the industry.
The music business is purely a human enterprise. The players, by virtue of their celebrity status, are very vulnerable. Even the deaths of Avicii and Keith Flint shouldn’t have occurred if the industry could learn from the tragic suicide of Kurt Cobain. However, because of negligence and lack of direction, we are still discussing similar issues 25 years later. Leaders in the industry should focus on protecting the health of artists.

(Photo source: https://www.magneticmag.com/2017/08/avicii-announces-new-ep-avici/)

(Photo source: https://thequietus.com/articles/26160-the-cause-keith-flint-fundraiser)

Source: International Music Summit

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