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MU Launches The Young Freelancer’s Guide to Mental Health and the Music Industry

The Young Freelancer’s Guide to Mental Health and the Music Industry looks at common challenges facing freelance musicians, strategies for meeting them, and how to access support.

Published: 22 November 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:30 PM
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Life as a musician can be exciting, satisfying and rewarding. But it can also be demanding, unpredictable, isolating and stressful. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Life as a musician can be exciting, satisfying and rewarding. The flexibility can give you a real sense of agency and freedom.

But it can also be demanding, unpredictable, isolating and stressful. And if you feel those things then we can tell you, with total certainty, that you are not alone.

The Young Freelancer’s Guide to Mental Health and the Music Industry is designed to provide helpful insight and clear, practical advice to use as you navigate the music industry.

Written by mental health expert Tamsin Embleton (Music Industry Therapists & Coaches) and Ben Jones for the Musicians’ Union, it looks at:

  • Self care
  • Burn out
  • Setting boundaries
  • Support networks
  • Cultivating resilience
  • Identity
  • Anxiety and panic attacks, and
  • Depression

The guide was created by and in consultation with the MU’s Young Members’ Network. Find out more and get involved in the network by emailing Campaigns & Social Media Official Maddy Radcliff at maddy.radcliff@theMU.org.

Young Workers’ Month

November is Young Workers’ Month, when trade unions celebrate young workers age 30 and under, and their contributions to the movement.

All month we’re talking about mental health, and advice and support to help you at every stage of your career. Here are some of our highlights:

Plus check out musician and bestselling author Nate Holder’s top 10 tracks celebrating the diversity of black British music – including Dave, KOKOROKO and more.

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