Harmony in Mind

The classical music industry can be a challenging place to work. A recent study conducted by Help Musicians UK found that 71 per cent of respondents believed they have experienced anxiety and panic attacks, while 65 per cent reported they had suffered from depression.

Many of the industry’s employees are freelancers with irregular and low pay. Musicians themselves are expected to work long and sometimes antisocial hours; touring can take them away from home and family for extended periods of time; and the physical demands of their job mean that they are at an increased risk of career-limiting injury.

Classical Music’s Harmony in Mind campaign, launching with the support of organisations including BAPAM and Time to Change, will encourage every classical music industry body to strive for a holistic, supportive working environment in which mental health is destigmatised.

We will do this by:

  • developing an online campaign room – a virtual forum for visitors to share advice, helplines, and resources, and a place for industry professionals, MPs, and members of the public to pledge their support for Harmony in Mind
  • prompting organisations to sign up to the Time to Change Employer Pledge, so that by the end of the year they have begun implementing an action plan for better mental health provision
  • introducing an annual award to recognise outstanding work in the field
  • dedicating a section to the campaign in every issue, covering examples of best practice, new research, and advice and resources
  • covering examples of best practice, new research, and advice and resources in each issue of Classical Music

Find out more in the April edition of Classical Music. Subscribe here.