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A career in music, viewed from the outside, can appear blessed. Yet for many on the inside its spiritual and occasional material rewards can easily be hijacked by workplace-induced anxiety and depression, the pain of performing while injured, addiction, concerns about money, or worries about finding the next gig. Musicians were once expected to suffer in silence, an odd condition given the very audible nature of their profession.

The days of telling someone trapped in the headlights of stage fright or mired in depression to ‘stick it on your face and blow’ may not be completely over. But campaigns to address mental health problems and raise awareness of wellbeing at work are beginning to eclipse old prejudices against anyone unwilling to ignore red-flag warnings from body or mind.

Health and wellbeing: where to find help

The MU is aware of the many threats to the health and wellbeing of musicians, from the strains of working harder well beyond the time when past generations would retire, to the pitfalls of the touring lifestyle. The MU has forged partnerships with four organisations able to help musicians address problems long before they spiral out of control, and provide expert advice or financial support at times of crisis.

The quartet comprises the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), Help Musicians UK, Music Support and the Royal Society of Musicians (RSM).

Learn more about specialist healthcare services for musicians.

Self-help techniques that empower musicians

Explore BAPAM's health resources

Learn about how you can practise your self-help techniques with Feldenkrais workshops and mediation training.

Learn about what is imposter syndrome and what you can do about it.

Wellbeing on tour

Check out a healthy touring package for wellbeing on tour developed through the Do It Differently fund for independent musicians.

Find out how musicians can maintain a healthy diet and avoid the temptations of motorway services and takeaways in our feature on eating heathily on tour.

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Collection of logos for BECTU, Equity, Cult Cymru, The MU, WG GB, Welsh Government
28 Jun 2022

i -Act Iechyd Meddwl a Lles i Reolwyr/i -Act Mental Health & Wellbeing for Managers

Mae CULT Cymru yn cynnig amrywiaeth o gyrsiau mewn partneriaeth â sefydliadau a chyflogwyr i wella iechyd meddwl a lles y gweithlu creadigol/CULT Cymru is offering a range of courses in partnership with organisations and employers to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the creative workforce.

Online, Wales
Read more about i -Act Iechyd Meddwl a Lles i Reolwyr/i -Act Mental Health & Wellbeing for Managers

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29 Jun 2022

Three-day First Aid Course: 29 June - 1 July

This course provides the comprehensive set of practical skills needed to become a confident first aider at work, giving you both the ability and knowledge to deal with first aid emergencies.

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
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Collection of logos for BECTU, Equity, Cult Cymru, The MU, WG GB, Welsh Government
01 Jul 2022

Cymorth Cyntaf Iechyd Meddwl / Mental Health First Aid

Gellir cwblhau'r cwrs Cymorth Cyntaf Iechyd Meddwl hwn o bell, drwy fodiwlau rhyngweithiol a gweminarau ar-lein//This Mental Health First Aid course can be completed remotely, through interactive modules and online webinars.

Online, Wales
Read more about Cymorth Cyntaf Iechyd Meddwl / Mental Health First Aid

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04 Jul 2022

Guided Meditation

These guided meditation sessions, delivered by Shukri Devi Ishaya, are based on Ascension meditation techniques. An extremely efficient and powerful meditation practice, it is non-religious, with no belief system required.

Online Member only
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Upcoming

11 Jul 2022

Guided Meditation

These guided meditation sessions, delivered by Shukri Devi Ishaya, are based on Ascension meditation techniques. An extremely efficient and powerful meditation practice, it is non-religious, with no belief system required.

Online Member only
Read more about Guided Meditation

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The MU has a network of experienced teams available to help musicians in all areas of the industry.