We’re really looking forward to being a part of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) on Wednesday 27th April at London’s Royal Garden Hotel where we are hosting a special Mental Health First Aid discussion in Room 4 from 15:30 – 16:30. 

The session, hosted by Hannah Brinley, Music Support’s Learning & Development Specialist and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England instructor, will provide an overview of our MHFA training course. Hannah will be joined by two of our MHFA alumni, Will Holdoway of Method Events and Carole Mendy of Key Production Limited, who will share why they took the training, how they found it and how it has impacted their professional lives.


Hannah is Music Support’s Learning and Development Specialist and has extensive experience of delivering group focused learning. Specialising in mental health, addiction, CBT and mindfulness, Hannah strongly believes in the power of a group of people to inspire, motivate and educate one another. A passionate and motivated facilitator with lived experience of addiction, Hannah believes strongly in the power of recovery. She is an advocate of fighting the stigma around mental illness, and the instillation of hope for those who are suffering.  

“Enabling people to recognise the signs and intervene early to help friends, colleagues and loved ones avoid crisis and long-term ill health is a privilege, and something I am incredibly proud to facilitate.” 


Carole is Head of Production for Key Production London and has extensive experience of delivering bespoke boxsets for the music industry. Before getting into manufacturing for the music Industry, she managed a venue for four years in France and worked as artists liaison in festivals for decades in France and UK. 

Carole believes strongly in the importance of a healthy working environment so getting her certification as Mental Health First Aid was paramount. This helps her to better support her team and colleagues at Key Production Group on a daily basis. 

Carole believes that training everyone to spot the early signs of distress is important and fighting the stigma around Mental illness is essential. 

Will Holdoway is Co-Founder and Director of Method Events, the award-winning event production company behind groundbreaking shows staged at Tramlines (a pilot event in 2021), The Drumsheds and many more. Will was Director of the student-led Pangaea Festival in 2016 before joining Broadwick Live in 2017. In 2019, he set up Method Events alongside Co-Founder James Dutton. Will was recently named as one of the Access All Areas 30 Under 30, recognised for his meticulous delivery and creative event planning skills. 

Click here for full details on the session. We would like to say thank you to ILMC for inviting us to be a part of the Conference and to Carole and Will for joining us as our special guests for this important discussion. We hope to see you there! 

Music Support co-founder, Andy Franks, will also be representing us on Tuesday 26th April at 15:50 – 16:10 in Room 3 where he will be providing a Mental Health and Music Support update as part of the ILMC Production Meeting (IPM). Click here for further details.


When it began in 1989, ILMC was the first ever dedicated gathering of leading figures involved in the world’s concert industry, many of whom had only ever spoken on the phone. It swiftly grew to become the most respected meeting place for live music professionals in the world. 

Click here for further information and to register to attend.

Click here for the full conference programme.


Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognised course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and provide peers with help on a first aid basis. Click here for further information on how you can become a mental health first aider with Music Support and to read testimonials from some of those who have taken this invaluable training. 

If you have any questions please contact learning@musicsupport.org