Skiddle Mental Health Survey - over 80% of promoters report problems

We've conducted the first ever survey into mental health problems with music promoters, and the results are a startling insight into the high pressures facing many.

Becca Frankland

Last updated: 27th Sep 2018.
Originally published: 26th Sep 2018

It's a tough slog being a music promoter. Long hours and financial risk are some of the pitfalls of the profession, which although hugely rewarding at times can take its toll on the women and men who put so much into running the events gig-goers and ravers love so much.

With mental health encouragingly becoming more of a conversation within the music industry, we recently conducted a survey to see the impact the role has had in promoters' well-being. It's the first time anything of this kind has focused specifically on behind-the-scenes professionals, with over 500 promoters, venue owners and event organisers responding.

They revealed that a staggering 82% of industry professionals have suffered from stress, 67% said they had anxiety and 40% said they had struggled with depression. One in 10 say they have developed associated symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as a direct result of their work in music.

The sobering revelations don't end there. 65% of promoters said they frequently felt an ‘intense and unmanageable level of pressure’, whilst almost half (47%) said their work in music often led to a constant feeling of anxiety and sadness. See the full findings here at Skiddle Mental Health

We're deeply impassioned by the topic, and want to drive the conversation to not only raise awareness around the problems but also contribute towards making some positive changes within the industry.

We'll be hosting two panels - on Tuesday, October 2nd at Queen of Hoxton, London and Wednesday, October 3rd at Joshua Brooks, Manchester - where we will be asking experts within the music industry and mental health their thoughts on the survey's findings and what can be done about the issues. Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Tarani Chandola - University of Manchester Psychology Department

Matt Cantor - Recording artist and DJ within The Freestylers and psychotherapist

Claire Cordreaux - Director of BAPAM

John Rostron - Association of Independent Promoters

DJ Paulette 

Eugene Wild - co-owner of The Cause London

Christine Brown - Director of External Affairs & Business, Help Musicians UK

We'd love to see you at the panels, which are free to attend, and also offering your thoughts on social media about the findings - tweet @skiddle.

Tickets for both events are available via the boxes below: 

Mental Health in the Music Industry London - Queen of Hoxton, Tuesday 2nd October

 

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Mental Health in the Music Industry Manchester - Joshua Brooks, Wednesday 3rd October

 

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