OneFest opens up conversation on mental health in music vs horse racing10:47, 11th February 2020
Festival and non-profit talent organisation OneFest, and British jazz vanguard leader Shabaka Hutchings, will host a panel discussion during the London leg of its ‘Twin city festival’ on 14 March 2020 titled ‘Mental health in Music vs Horse Racing – Let’s keep the conversation going’.
The panel will take place at EartH during the London festival’s daytime programme, and will open up a conversation about the similarities between the two different industries in the context of mental health, aiming to discover what we can learn from them.
Journalist and author John Robb will chair the session with panellists SK Shlomo (artist), Jack Williamson (Music & You); Michael Caulfield (racing psychologist); Chris McCourt (Warner Records); Joe Hastings (Help Musicians); OneFest’s Shabaka Hutchings and Sandra Bhatia; plus a jockey and more TBA.
Racing psychologist and panellist Michael Caulfield said: ‘What do sport and music have in common? The answer is everything, as they both involve performance, travel, practice, being judged, success, failure, triumph, humiliation, joy, heartbreak, hope, despair, but they are both absolutely beautiful. More often, the performers wear a mask, as both disciplines demand the performers often be faultless, which is impossible.’
OneFest advocate Grant Hutchinson adds: ‘It’s vital that the conversation around mental health in music continues and that real initiatives are adopted to bring change to the way the industry currently reacts to these issues. The life of a touring musician is one that can cause a lot of problems both physically and mentally and the duty of care is not defined enough to give musicians the knowledge that they have somewhere to turn when times are hard.
‘I am interested to explore the model used in the racing world and see how that might fit in to the music industry to give people working in it a safety net to fall into when they need it.’
OneFest will take place in Sheffield’s Leadmill on 7 March 2020 and London’s EartH on 14 March 2020.