Join us at The Great Escape on Friday 12th May

We’re pleased to be returning to The Great Escape Conference on Friday 12th May where Belinda and Lynne will be exhibiting throughout the day in the Leonardo Waterfront hotel Atrium (please come and say hi!). We are also hosting a special panel ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week taking place in Room 2 (aka Noblesse room) at the hotel at 1pm.

Anxiety and the Music Industry

Anxiety: ‘Distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.’ 

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 takes place from 15th – 21st May, with this year’s theme being anxiety. Ahead of this, Music Support, the charity that helps those who work in music and live events affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction, invites you to join them for a special discussion surrounding the various forms of anxiety affecting our industry peers, how we can tell if we’re suffering from it and how we can manage it. The session will be hosted by Rachael Lander, Music Support trustee and session cellist who used alcohol to medicate her crippling performance anxiety. She has been in abstinence based recovery since 2007. Rachael will be joined by R&B singer & songwriter Kadeem Tyrell, psychotherapist and musician, Matthew Starritt and ‘Earth Music Agency’ Managing Director and Booking Agent, Naomi Palmer, all of whom have experienced anxiety within the industry.  


HOST - Rachael Lander

Music Support Trustee and session cellist who has performed everywhere from theatre pits in London’s West End to main stages with George Michael and ELO. Rachael has been in abstinence based recovery since 2007 following crippling performance anxiety which led to her abusing alcohol and beta-blockers to the point where she could no longer perform. She has been very open about her experience in the media, inspiring fellow musicians dealing with their own struggles. Find our more about Rachael here

The panel

Kadeem Tyrell

Kadeem is an R&B singer and songwriter, hailing from Battersea, South LondonHe has graced stages across the UK from the legendary Jazz Café to Lafyette. He’s passionate about raising awareness of mental health challenges through his music, seen in his critically acclaimed single ‘April 25th‘ that has amassed over eight million streams on Spotify alone. Having recently returned from SXSW in Texas, with a new single release and forthcoming performance at The Great Escape, we’re very grateful to Kadeem for joining us for this important discussion. Find out more about Kadeem here.

Matthew Starritt

Matthew is a psychotherapist and musician whose areas of interest include attachment theory, addiction, PTSD and evolutionary psychology as well as mindfulness and meditation. Matthew worked as a professional musician for over 15 years, during which time he recorded and toured extensively across the UK, Europe and USA, performing at some of the world’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury and South by Southwest. He believes that shining a light on anxiety can allow for shame to dissipate and compassion to grow. We do not choose to have anxiety, but we can choose how we respond to it. Find out more about Matthew here.

Naomi Palmer

Naomi began her career representing internationally recognised actors at leading talent agencies in London and Melbourne. She then joined Elastic Artists Agency in London as a live booking agent, working closely with an eclectic roster including Gilles Peterson, Flying Lotus, Moodymann, Thundercat and Theo Parrish. She co-founded Earth Agency in 2014, where she continues to represent a diverse roster of artists and manages a team of young agents developing their own rosters and skills. She is keen to raise awareness around anxiety in the music industry, having witnessed its impact at all levels on both the professional and artist sides. Find out more about Naomi and Earth Agency here.