Study says music industry workers are subject to inordinately high levels of stress

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A new study conducted by Skiddle concluded that much like musicians active in the music industry, industry workers are also susceptible to unusually elevated levels of stress. Eighty-two percent of those surveyed who hold jobs in the music industry reported “continuous levels of stress.” Skiddle’s study surveyed more than 500 industry staff members who hold a number of different positions, ranging from venue operators and event organizers to promoters. Forty-seven percent stated that their work in the music industry prompted “constant” feelings of anxiety and sadness.

Anxiety and depression were prevalent among study participants: 67 percent of respondents attested to feeling anxious, while 40percent said that they had experienced depression. Another 10 percent of employees indicated that they had begun to present symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a direct result of their job. At 65 percent, more than half of promoters cited an “intense and unmanageable level of pressure,” due in part to concerns regarding an unstable and unpredictable regular income, and a general “lack of support.”

Skiddle’s findings echo those of Help Musicians UK’s 2017 study, in which the independent charity for musicians in the UK determined that artists may be up to three times more likely to suffer from depression as compared to the general public. The first phase of the study sought to survey musicians, focusing on their working conditions in relation to their overall mental well-being via an industry-wide survey that recorded responses from a total of 2,211 artists. As Skiddle and Help Musicians UK’s research collectively illustrates, careers within the music industry, whether as a musician or otherwise, can subject working individuals to accentuated stress levels that differ in intensity from those induced by positions in other industries or fields. The respective reports collaboratively underscore an ensuing need for mental health awareness, given the pressures of the music industry’s characteristically fast pace.

H/T: DJ Mag

Former OWSLA manager designs new wellness retreat for artists, ‘Remedy State’

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Former OWSLA label manager Blaise James DeAngelo and Ben Turner collaborated on a new venture: a three-day retreat specifically designed for those who work in the music industry. A meld of music and wellness focused activities, DeAngelo and Turner’s program, Remedy State, extends nature walks, breathing workshops, vegetarian food options, and talks on the topics of wellness and spirituality to those who choose to participate.

“For a long time the mantra has been sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll,” DeAngelo said of the initiative, “We’re not trying to be antithetical to that, or have the naïveté to think we’re going to change that, but what Ben and I realized is that there needs to be a balance. Artists are dealing with late nights, sustained solitude, creative pressures…you really need to take care of yourself.”

The physical and psychological wear and tear that involvement in the industry imposes, especially for artists with heavy touring schedules, has become increasingly publicized in the past year. In October 2017, a study from Help Musicians UK revealed that musicians may be up to three times more likely to suffer from depression as compared to the general public.

H/T: YourEDM