Conducted by the University of Westminster and MusicTank, the survey explored the mental health issues faced by musicians and the wider music industry and asked the question: ‘Can music make you sick?’
Of the 2,211 musicians who took the survey, 71% believed they have experienced anxiety and panic attacks and 65% reported they had suffered from depression. This suggests musicians may be up to three times more likely to suffer from the illness compared to the general public.
Respondents attributed this to the poor working conditions within the industry including: the difficulty of sustaining a living, anti-social working hours, exhaustion and the inability to plan their time/future.
The results also revealed that 54.8% of respondents feel that there is a gap in the provision of services for musicians, with 46.6% wanting to see a dedicated counselling service for musicians.
The survey is the largest of its kind in the UK to date. The majority of respondents (66.2%) were between the ages of 18-35, with a relatively even gender split (55.2% male, 43.9% female). The largest group of respondents described themselves as musicians (39%) and worked across a wide variety of genres. Other professions represented included DJs, live crew and music management.
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