Back in June, a troubling study received information that at least 73% of musicians suffer from mental illness. The same report from Sweden’s Record Union find that only 19% actually felt the music industry was working to improve conditions for artists.
As Pitchfork reports, this program will provide all ASCAP members with access to wellness services and occurrences( remember reflection classes and audio workouts ), recuperation support groups, and more. Per a statement, it’s” designed especially for our music inventor members, intended to help nourish your body, intellect and intent so you can be your creative best .”
“Creating music is an all-consuming passion and a labor of love, but you’ve got to take care of your instrument — in the case of music builders, your body, thinker and tone, ” ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams commented in a developed. He continued,
“ASCAP has a long commitment to supporting the livelihoods of its songwriters and composers. With TuneUp, we’re taking that one step further. If making music is your life, we are here to provide the resources you need to be at your creative best. This is just the beginning, and we will roll out more services in the months to come.”
To coincide with the launch of TuneUp, ASCAP has also published a report about artist wellness. The “US Music Creator Wellness Study” echoed many of the same points from the June report.
Mental health concerns have been brought to the forefront as of late following the recent deaths of high-profile artists like Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Avicii, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, and Silver Jews/ Purple Mountains frontman David Berman.
In 2018, both Garbage singer Shirley Manson and James Blake talked extensively and candidly about their combats with mental illness, and Ariana Grande has been using her platform to encourage people to seek proper mental health treatment.
Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has especially been an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness, and similarly has expressed that the industry isn’t doing enough for its musicians. In a 2018 interview I conducted with Angelakos, he condemned the industry as “so archaic and patently unhealthy that we can now prove that they, in fact, exacerbate or* establish* these issues, ” adding, “It’s like they’ve forgotten about the people that create their product.”
October 10 th was recognized as World Mental Health Day.
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