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A musician’s career is a very exciting one. Being able to perform and show an audience what you love is a luxury many people in other professional fields would be envious of. However, with the highs also come the lows: what if the audience don’t like you? What if the critics don’t like your interpretation? Musicians can both struggle financially and work unsociable hours. Mental health problems can therefore be a serious issue within the industry, one in which music charities are beginning to address.

Help Musicians UK is an organisation with an acute awareness of the problems musicians can face. In 2016 they launched the campaign, Mental Health Campaign – Music and Depression, aiming to break down stigma and start conversations within the music industry about depression and anxiety. The charity, Music and Depression, commissioned the first academic study, ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’, on the relationship between musicians and mental health.

The study, performed by the University of Winchester, found that 71.1% of all respondents believed they had suffered from panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety at some stage of their career, while 68% reported they had suffered from depression. The findings suggested that musicians might be up to three times more likely to suffer from mental health problems than the general public. This was due to a number of reasons, varying from unregulated working conditions and irregular hours to a belief that musical identity shaped self-worth.

The findings found that there is an urgent need for an accessible service for people who work in the music industry. Since the launch of the campaign in 2016, Help Musicians UK have announced a new fundraising campaign for the world’s first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for people working in the industry. The service will provide both listening and advice services, as well as clinical medical, therapeutic and welfare facilities for those who need it.

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(Written on August 1, 2017 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang to perform with Metallica at 2014 Grammys

Pianist Lang Lang will perform with heavy metal legends Metallica at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, it has been announced

ITV

Birmingham based violinist wins prestigious music award

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Public Radio of Armenia Online

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away aged 58

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Daily Mail

My struggle in cut-throat world of classical music, by violin prodigy Nicola Benedetti

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Arts Journal

Against all trends, musicians still join union

A visit yesterday from Professor Martin Cloonan of Glasgow University revealed an unexpected statistic

The Guardian

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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Zum Tod von Iris Wagner

Ihre Cousins und Cousinen, auch ihre jüngere Schwester Nike, stritten öffentlich über Richard Wagners Erbe. Sie kämpfte gegen das, was sie die „Possen“ Bayreuths nannte. Zum Tod der Künstlerin Iris Wagner

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 13, 2014 )

In London on Wednesday 5th February at Nils Frahm‘s private launch Party for his book SHEETS, which is published by Manners McDade, one lucky winner of an exciting competition will have the opportunity to perform one of his pieces from the book live at the party.

The entry requirements are simply for candidates to be available to play in London on the evening of the Wednesday 5th of February 2014, and to answer the following questions:

How old you were you when you first started playing the piano?
Can you remember where you were when you first heard Nils’s music?
Which is your favourite track of his?

Answers must be sent to info@mannersmcdade.co.uk by Tuesday 14th January.

The winner get to perform at the party on a beautiful grand piano.

For any further information, contact Nils Frahm’s publisher via Twitter @mannersmcdade, and you can also follow Nils’s Facebook and Twitter page for updates.

Get entering and good luck!

(Written on January 10, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Classic show tunes provide boost for dementia patients

Care homes should be filled with the sound of music, researchers claim after discovering benefits of singing Broadway hits

Classic FM Online

Choirs compete to sing in The Shard

Amateur singers are competing for the chance to perform at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building

Andris Nelsons painting unveiled in Birmingham

The CBSO music director has been immortalised by artist Norman Perryman as part of the Symphony Hall collection

Limelight Magazine

The Concertgebouw: Are they the world’s best orchestra?

The Dutch orchestra frequently tops the rankings. Limelight Magazine finds out why

Global News

Kent Nagano to stay on at Montreal Symphony Orchestra until 2020

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of music director Kent Nagano until 2020

The Guardian

Brands pump more than £100m into the UK music industry

Figures show brands were responsible for investing £104.8m in the UK music industry during 2012, an increase of 6% on 2011

Die Zeit

“Musik meint: Zurück zur Muttersprache!”

Schon als Kind grübelte Anne-Sophie Mutter über den Tod nach. Bis heute lindert Musik für sie jeden Schmerz

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 12, 2013 )