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general musicians' health and wellbeing

Help Musicians Health & Welfare team: 020 7239 9103 / help@helpmusicians.org.uk

The Musicians’ Union

The British Association of Performing Arts Medicine 

BAPAM Health Practice Resources 

PRS Members Fund

Music Support 0800 030 6789 /

Royal Society of Musicians

Incorporated Society of Musicians

Music Minds Matter 0808 802 8008 / MMM@helpmusicians.org.uk

MIT Therapists & Coaches

Samaritans Helpline 116 123

The Music Manager’s Guide to Mental Health

Musicians’ Union Mental Health and Wellbeing resources

Mind’s Wellness Action Plans offer guidance for employers and freelancers, including help for working at home

Mind 0300 123 3393

Sane 0300 304 7000

Calm 0800 585858


NHS (England): 111

NHS Direct (Wales): 0845 46 47

NHS 24 (Scotland): 111


Music industry terms by Kindness

MU guide to releasing your own product

The Creative Passport for music makers

PRS for Music


Music Week’s top 5 tips for making the independent route work for you

The Featured Artist Coalition

Music Managers Forum


AIM Start up Guide to the Music Business

Podcast on DIY artists

Sentric Music blog

Music Business Worldwide


How Did You Manage That? podcast

MMF Dissecting the Digital Dollar

Artist management platform Centralized

Creative Differences (neurodiversity guide)

Pride in Music

She Said So

She Is The Music

Girls I Rate

Women in Music

Ladies Music Pub

Attitude is Everything

Fresh on the Net

Next Stage Network

Drake Music

Heart n Soul


Shape Arts

We Are Unlimited article about disability by Amble Skuse

Information on writing an access document for disabled artists

The OHMI Trust

Constant Flux

Parents in Performing Arts

Black Lives Matter

Black Music Coalition

‘The F-List’ of female musicians available for festivals


Money Management, Social Media and Criticism and Opinions 


The Musicians’ Union tax advice

Pensions info

The Musicians’ Union guide to live fees and payments

The Musicians’ Union Work Not Play campaign

PRS Foundation

Musicians’ Union finance advice and rates

BPI Music Export Growth Scheme

Arts Council England

Creative Scotland

Creative Entrepreneurs Club

Step Change debt charity

Podcast on money for musicians

Podcast on social media and mental health in musicians

Jesy Nelson’s Odd One Out 

National Bullying Helpline 0845 2255787

Childline 0800 1111

Gurls Talk podcast on addiction to social media and FOMO

Brené Brown Under The Skin with Russell Brand podcast on vulnerability and power

Happy Place podcast with Alicia Keys

Ed Sheeran, Finding Peace at the Top of the Music Industry

supporting health



MU touring abroad checklist

MU fair engagement guide for touring

BAPAM healthy touring checklist and rider

Access rider for disabled artists

Viva La Visa

Podcast on touring

Tom Middleton’s sleep hygiene tips

Attachment style quiz

Mental Health America tips on being a couple again



Vocal Health 


British Voice Association (info on gastric reflux as well as Muscle Tension Dysphonia and other issues)

Free voice care literature

Info on voice clinics

Vocal physiotherapy

Podcast on vocal health

Voice warmup app from Vocal Process (a tailored warm up from a vocal coach is advised)



Music and the Body 


BAPAM performers advice on pain and posture

BAPAM free health assessment clinics 020 7404 8444

Podcast on pain in musicians

Allegro Optical





British Tinnitus Association

BBC Noise and Hearing Guide

BAPAM Hearing Conservation Guidelines

Action for Hearing Loss

Musicians’ Hearing Services

Help Musicians Hearing Health Scheme

ACS Custom

Hearing advice

Podcast on musicians’ hearing



Mental Health 


See general health and wellbeing resources for main organisations

Maytree suicide shelter 0207 2637070

Podcast on mental health in musicians

Music and You mental health support

MITC Anxiety and Self-Isolation Guide



Substance Use and Addiction 


NHS help for drug addiction

NHS help for alcohol misuse

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

NA (links to virtual 24/7 NA meetings)

NA UK helpline 0300 999 1212 (open 10am to midnight daily)

Alcoholics Anonymous

SMART Recovery


MusiCares (for US-based musicians, artists, and crew)

MusiCares 12 Step support group meetings (open to all music people internationally who are members of all 12 step fellowships)

Turning Point – alcohol and drug support

Amy Winehouse Foundation

Steps 2 Recovery

Podcast on addiction

Mental Health America on co-dependency

Co-dependents anonymous



Eating Disorders and Body Image 




Mind, eating disorders

Mind, body dysmorphic disorder

Eating disorder recovery YouTube channel, Megsy Recovery


Music: The Business by Ann Harrison 

All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman 

Slacker Guide to the Music Industry by Phil Taggart 

How to Make It in the New Music Business by Ari Herstand 

It’s Not Okay to Feel Blue (and Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis 

Lost Connections by Johann Hari 

Recovery by Russell Brand 

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie 

Eating by the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston Ph.D. 

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb 

Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison 

Waiting for the Man by Harry Shapiro 

Mental Health in the Music Industry by Rachel Jepson 

Can Music Make You Sick? by Sally Anne Gross and George Musgrave 

Isle of Noises by Daniel Rachel 

Musical Excellence by Aaron Williamon 

The Musicians’ Way by Gerald Klickstein 

The Singer’s Guide to Complete Health by Anthony F. Jahn 

Performance Success by Don Greene 

The Science and Psychology of Music Performance by Gary McPherson and Richard Parncutt 

Performance Anxiety by Eric Maisel 

Musician’s Yoga by Mia Olson 

The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green and W. Timothy Gallwey 

Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner 

Peak by Anders Ericsson 

It’s Not Only Rock ’n’ Roll by Jenny Boyd