The Musicians’ Union (MU) is a community of over 34,000 musicians working to protect their members' rights and campaign for a fairer music industry. As well as negotiating on behalf of members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages.

There is a wealth of information and support available on their website, and here are some key resources that may prove most useful this Mental Health Month and beyond. 


 On the Musicians' Union website, you'll find their Musicians' Wellbeing Guidance Pack, which includes advice on what to look out for as a musician, strategies to prevent and recover from burnout for individuals and organisations, as well as further resources.Laptop with burnout symbol speech bubble

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The guidance pack also includes information on the types and causes of stress, how to go about managing it, and links to help and support resources for those working in performing arts.

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Performance Anxiety

The Musicians' Union have worked with BAPAM to offer guidance on Performance Anxiety, what it is, its causes and its symptoms, as well as strategies for managing it.

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Young Freelancer's Guide to Mental Health in the Music Industry

The Musicians' Union offer support to musicians of all genres, specifically catering to those earlier in their career through the publication of their Young Freelancer's Guide to Mental Health in the Music Industry, which is free to download for non-members. You'll also find a directory of organisations supporting musicians with their mental health, for further support. 

A Young Freelancers Guide to Mental Health and the Music Industry

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“Working in the music industry can present various challenges for maintaining good mental health. The Musicians’ Union has been developing musician-specific guidance and service access to specialist musicians’ health and wellbeing services to support its members in this over the years."

 - Rose Delcour-Min, Education and Health & Wellbeing Officer

Contact the Musicians' Union:


0207 8405 570





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