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 the ISM, will encourage every classical music industry body to strive for a holistic, supportive working environment in which mental health is destigmatised.
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Last month, we asked you which pieces of music you turn to in times of increased stress and anxiety. Here’s what you said:
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One of the main aims of Harmony in Mind is to promote openness and honesty surrounding discussions of mental illness.
Here, find stories shared by musicians and industry professionals about their experiences of mental illness. We welcome any and all contributions to this section of the campaign. If you’ve got a story you’d like to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find links to resources and advice available online.
We are grateful for the support of the following organisations: