Perfectionism and poverty: why musicians struggle with mental health

When Jess Cornelius named her 2016 album Give Up on Your Health, she did so as a warning to herself not to get sick – physically, or mentally. As an artist, she couldn’t afford it.

The musician, who performs as Teeth & Tongue, has just swapped Melbourne for LA. Sounds great, except she found that sorting out visas, tax, social security numbers and bank accounts leaves little time for creativity. Being a musician is dispiriting, she says.

“There’s no correlation between how talented you are and how successful you are; it’s not an energy in/energy out thing like other occupations. So much of it is luck, or having the right person get behind it.”.

Read @ The Guardian

AU team studying impact of art lessons on human brain


If you have ever taken a drawing or art class, there’s a chance you may feel different after practicing the art form for a period of time.

“If you draw and you teach drawing, you can feel that there is something unique about that experience. And if you ask any artist, and I have, they’ll agree there is something special about this process [of] visual searching,” said Barb Bondy, Auburn University art professor and co-researcher. “It’s really about learning to see in a new way.”

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How the Dance Music Community Is Prioritizing Mental Health After Avicii’s Death

“How could [Avicii], one of the most talented and successful artists of his generation, go from making music in his bedroom in 2008 to taking his own life in a hotel room in 2018?” BBC Radio 1 personality and dance music tastemaker Pete Tong said last month in his keynote address at the International Music Summit (IMS) at Ibiza’s Hard Rock Hotel.

The young Swede’s untimely death from a suspected suicide was a big topic at this year’s IMS, and it has ushered in a period of deep reflection for the dance-music community. And while Avicii’s story was tragic, it was hardly an outlier. The demanding life of a superstar DJ may seem glamorous on the outside, but it often includes relentless touring and jet lag, feelings of isolation and loneliness, and, in some cases, substance abuse.

Read @ Billboard


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Music Has a Mental Health Problem That Needs Immediate Treatment (Guest Column)

Kurt Cobain

In the wake of the tragic, premature deaths of Avicii and Lil Peep, the music industry needs to do a better job at treating mental illness among musicians, artists, writers, producers and professionals. Again and again, there are warning signs and early cries for help that we cannot ignore.

A survey on music and mental health by Help Musicians UK found that of 2,000 musicians interviewed, 71% experience anxiety and 68.5% deal with depression. This comes as no surprise to me. Musicians are sensitive and emotionally cognizant, and these issues are so often exacerbated for those who live in the public eye and whose struggles are amplified by fame and social media scrutiny. The most disconcerting discovery from that study was the revelation that well over half of these individuals report not receiving treatment for their issues.

Read @ Variety


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Call 1-800-273-8255
Available 24 hours everyday