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Music sector guides

Research has shown that people working in the music industry are more prone to mental health problems than the general population, with musicians being up to three times more likely to suffer from depression.

Anecdotally, Mind often hears from those working within the music industry how factors such as insecure income, difficulty achieving a work/life balance, pressure from fans and labels, poor diet, lack of sleep and access to alcohol and drugs can all take their toll on wellbeing and mental health.

Working in partnership with leading music and entertainment organisations Ninja Tune, Paradigm, Percolate and POLY, we have created four new guides which provide vital information on how those working within the electronic music industry can be supported to have good mental health at work.

Guide for organisations

This guide provides advice on how organisations can support the mental health of their people including tips for people managers.

Guide for employees

This guide provides advice to people working for organisations in the electronic music industry on how they can take care of their own mental health and look out for others.

Guide for artist managers

This guide provides advice for artist managers on how they can support their artists and take care of their own mental health.

Guide for freelancers

This guide provides advice to people working freelance in the electronic music industry on how they can take care of their own mental health and look out for others.

Voices from the industry

Ali talks about being a booker in the music industry. He explains how important mental health is in the industry, and how it's been impacted by the pandemic.

Useful contacts

Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians is a charity for professional musicians of all genres, both in work and in retirement. They support at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the support they need at the crucial stages that could make or break their career.

Music Support

Music Support provide help and support to peers who work in music and live events affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction and to promote early intervention through support services, education and workshops.


116 123 (freephone)
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Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person. Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).

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