At Music Support we believe that those in our industry susceptible to emotional and mental health issues, stress, alcoholism, substance misuse and many other other addictions, are particularly vulnerable due to the environments, lifestyles and stresses that exist within. We are here to help those people.
WELCOME TO MUSIC SUPPORT
Our 5 Core Services:
Our helpline is available 24 hours a day,every day of the year.
All our phone volunteers have personal experience of the music industry and the issues that Music Support covers.
They have been through our rigorous training designed and facilitated for Music Support by professionals trainers in this field, in consultation with The Helplines Partnership.
We have developed an extensive networkwithin the professional addiction and mental health service providers’ community.
A free professional clinical assessment is offered to those in need.
All providers we signpost to are fully accredited with the relevant professional associations, are personally and professionally known to us and meet our rigorous ethical standards and criteria.
Many have their own experience of the music industry.
All detox/treatment centres we signpost to meet the highest Care Quality Commission standards.(CQC)
We have at times been able to help clients who cannot afford to pay for treatment.
Our ‘Safe Tents’ are hosted backstage at music festivals across the country to address particular needs that can arise on tour and specifically in the festival environment.
The Tents provide a safe space for artists or anyone working backstage to speak confidentially with a fully trained and qualified volunteer about anything they may be experiencing, or to seek advice about clinical
signposting for themselves, their clients or friends.
The Safe Tents are also an alcohol and drug free environment where visitors can simply take a break from the mayhem for as long as they need.
In 2017, working with Festival Republic, Glastonbury and AEG, and crucially with the support of The BRIT Trust we arranged 11 Safe Tents at UK festivals and plan to grow this number substantially in the future, starting with 20 in 2018.
Music Support can respond rapidly to urgent situations or emergencies on an individual level or at a group level.
Using our network of clinical professionals and institutions we have arranged group and individual trauma therapy on a large scale after major traumatic incidents, and we have provided rapid intervention including emergency psychiatric appointments and admission to CQC regulated detox and residential treatment centres.
WORKSHOPS / TRAINING
Music Support delivers workshops and training on site at the client’s premises, or at other suitable locations such as
function/conference rooms. Along with our professional trainer, all workshops include a talk from a person in recovery who has also worked, or is
currently working, in the industry.
Areas we cover are:
- The Nature of Addiction and Alcoholism
- Anxiety & Depression
- Self-Awareness and Resilience
- Work/Life Balance and Boundaries
Who are we?
We are a registered charity, founded in April 2016 by UK music industry professionals, providing help and support for individuals in any area of the UK music industry suffering from alcoholism, addiction, emotional or mental health issues. Our 24/7 telephone helpline offers peer support and access to mutual aid groups. We do not give medical or clinical advice over the phone. However through our network of consultants and practitioners we are able to signpost to appropriate professional clinical treatment where necessary.
We are not affiliated or associated wth any other group, association or organisation. Our helpline is based on the “for us by us” principle: All our call handlers have past or present experience of the music industry.
What do we do?
We provide help and support for anyone suffering from alcoholism, addiction, emotional or mental health issues. We operate a 24/7 telephone helpline offering peer support from volunteers with personal experiences of the music industry and addiction or mental health issues. We also offer signposting to appropriate and approved professionals in the fields of addiction and mental health: therapists, psychiatrists and treatment facilities. We provide “safe tents” backstage at UK Festivals where individuals can go to escape the mayhem, chat to someone or attend a 12 Step meeting. We offer information and resources via our website and host educational events for the music industry and general public through our connection with the International Conference on Addiction and Associated Disorders.
You Are Not Alone Campaign 2018
PEOPLE ARE SAYING..
Music Support is a brilliant gateway to the community of men and women who recognise the despair and shame of addiction and how to recover from it
David Enthoven, Manager
Sometimes things are almost too obvious to notice and the need for Music Support in the music industry and Music Support Safe Tents at many of the high pressured backs stage environments at festivals are examples of those unnoticed needs. We are honoured to be working with and supporting them on the provision of Safe Tents at most of our high profile events this year and in the future.
Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic
I cant recommend Music Support enough. An artist on the label was struggling to handle their hectic release and touring schedule and asked us for help. Music Support handled our enquiry quickly, discreetly and professionally and the artist is doing much better after only two sessions with a therapist recommended through Music Support.
Anonymous, XL Recordings
Its about time the music industry came together to look after their own. As someone who has been sober in the industry for a long time, I am so happy to see these new paths to recovery and the stigmas beginning to shift. Music Support is sorely needed.
Chris Difford, Squeeze
This is such a timely undertaking and I am very happy to be Music Support’s first patron
This is an essential resource for the music industry where mental illness is often kept behind closed doors with sometimes devastating effects…
Anonymous, Music Manager
DONATE TO MUSIC SUPPORT
We need your help to continue to develop and offer our services as we rapidly expand to meet need and demand. Now matter how small the donation it will help us help someone in need. Thank you!
We are looking for all sorts of volunteers with all sorts of skills. If you would like to be involved with helping Music Support continue to provide assistance to struggling artists, we’re sure you’ll have something you’ll be able to offer.
MEET THE TEAM
Supported by a team of dedicated volunteers..