The #MusicMindsMatter campaign was announced in July 2017. It is Help Musicians UK's (HMUK) commitment to launch a dedicated support line and service for those working in music.
During 2016, HMUK experienced a 22% increase in requests for help from musicians across the UK, and in total last year, the charity spent £1.9 million helping these musicians through direct and indirect financial support.
The Music Minds Matter service will aim to provide 24/7 advice and education that is qualified, professional, safe and focused. It will also offer improved access and signposting to existing mental health services – linking counselling, therapy and clinical signposting to the charity’s traditional grant-making activities.
With a £100,000 investment confirmed by HMUK, the charity is calling for 'arm in arm' support from the industry and philanthropists to match it pound for pound.
Once successfully implemented in the UK, the charity has ambitions to roll out the service with global partners in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
While the listener finds solace, too often the creators are left alone to wrestle with their demons.
Mark E Nevin | Songwriter/Artist, Fairground Attraction
To be a professional musician is truly an amazing gift, however it can also be a very solitary existence.
Susan Bullock CBE | Soprano
Anything that can be done to to ameliorate the mental health of working musicians should be encouraged and applauded.
Public Service Broadcasting
It's important everyone in this industry feels supported.
Anja Schneider | DJ and Producer, AFEM Ambassador
To have a place where we can be open about subjects that only musicians can understand is an incredible idea.
Pat Dam Smyth | Musical Artist
The health of our music community is paramount, no matter how big the star.
Jean-Michel Jarre | Songwriter and Artist