Results from the charity’s survey highlighted concerning statistics, including the stark figure of 87% of respondents stating that their mental health has deteriorated since the start of the pandemic. Echoing the findings, Help Musicians has seen a 65% rise in requests for help to the charity’s Music Minds Matter service already this year. As a result, Help Musicians is announcing its ambition to significantly expand its Music Minds Matter service (launched in July 2017), widening the range of support options available, with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of all working in the music industry.
Alongside the current 24/7 dedicated mental health support line for the whole music industry, staffed by accredited therapists, two new strands of support will be added to Music Minds Matter:
1) The creation of a national network of local support groups offering all those working in music the ability to meet together, with experts, to tackle issues such as anxiety and to build resilience.
2) Targeted signposting to help everyone find the best, most relevant advice and support, from across the music sector and beyond.
Industry bodies have welcomed this approach and at the recent UK Music Board meeting, committed to work with the charity to ensure that this practical support reaches those in need. PPL has already offered a 3-year funding package worth £300,000 to ensure more musicians than ever before can access much needed one-to-one counselling and therapeutic support. Help Musicians also hopes to extend the provision of these services beyond musicians to all those working within the industry.
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Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.
PPL exists to help ensure that those who invest their time, talent and money to make recorded music are fairly paid for their work.