A Guide to Mental Health Resources for Music Professionals (Updating)

A guide to mental health resources for music industry professionals.

5/9/2021 3:00:00 PM

In honor of MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, Billboard created a guide to mental health resources for music industry professionals.

A guide to mental health resources for music industry professionals.

Music Health Alliance currently offers two separate funds that provide low-income musicians and music workers with money for mental health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.The first, known as the Music Business Mental Health Fund (formed in partnership with the Music Business Association and the Scars Foundation), offers funds to music workers who were either laid off during the pandemic or are currently employed by a member company of the Music Business Association; and who have either an adjusted gross income of $40,000 or less (projected for 2021) or fall 300% or more below the federal poverty line based on family size. The fund also offers to provide information on alternative resources for those who don't qualify.

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The second fund, established in partnership with the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation, offers mental health grants of up to $500 to anyone who has worked in the music industry for more than two years or has credited contributions on four commercially released recordings or videos; and who has an annual household adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less (projected for 2021) or who are 450% or more below the federal poverty line based on family size. Grant recipients will be connected with additional resources if the funds fail to match their level of need.

Music Industry Therapist CollectiveThe MITC is comprised of a group of psychotherapist and counselors who boast a broad range of music industry experience working at record labels, recording studios and publishing companies and as tour managers, bookers/promoters and more. Therapists in the collective have worked at high-end and residential treatment centers, rehab clinics and in private practice and represent a breadth of therapeutic trainings and specialties. Terms and rates are set by each individual clinician.

The organization additionally offers a guide to anxiety relief during COVID-19 that was compiled by the collective’s director, psychotherapist Tamsin Embleton, MITC business development leader (and former CAA touring agent) Laura Newton and others.Nuçi’s Space

Located in Athens, Georgia and dedicated to ending the epidemic of suicide, Nuçi’s Space maintains a health and resource center for local musicians that provides support, connects individuals with access to affordable mental health treatment and more. The center was founded by Linda Phillips, whose 22-year-old musician son, Nuçi, died by suicide in 1996.

Record UnionTogether with health and wellness experts, Record Union put together The Wellness Starter Pack, a “toolbox for wellbeing” specifically for music creators that provides information and resources on how to prioritize their mental health holistically, with science-based guides on nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, sleep and more.

The Road to RehabRun by 10-year music industry worker and certified addictions counselor Dave Sherman, The Road to Rehab provides support for touring musicians struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Services include “on call” counseling via phone or Skype; in-person, full-time sober/life coaches; escorts to treatment facilities and more. Services are offered on a sliding scale based on financial necessity.

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Silence the ShameStarted by former Universal Motown executive Shanti Das, Silence the Shame focuses on education and awareness-building, offering mental health trainings to companies including Sony Music Publishing, which recently partnered with the organization for a multi-year mental health program for its songwriters and employees.

SIMS FoundationThe SIMS Foundation provides mental health and substance use recovery services and support for Texas-based musicians and music industry professionals, along with their dependent family members, who reside in the counties of Travis, Bastrop, Williamson, Burnet, Blanco, Hays or Caldwell. Those applying for assistance must provide proof that they have earned music-industry income in the last 12 months. Co-pays for appointments with SIMS clinicians are determined on a sliding scale. The organization additionally offers mental health trainings for music venue employees.

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