Help Musicians is expanding its Music Minds Matter service
British charity Help Musicians says that its Music Minds Matter phone line, which offers mental health support to musicians, has seen a 65% spike in requests for help since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. That is spurring...
April 9, 2021
CleverMind: There’s a ‘new’ Nirvana song written by an AI
If you've listened to Nirvana a lot, you won't mistake 'Drowned in the Sun' for a genuine lost track by them, but you might think it was by a young band wearing their influences a little too much on their sleeves. Which...
April 6, 2021
Research firms highlight growth in wellness and fitness apps
Sensor Tower and App Annie are the two most high-profile research firms tracking the apps market. By a quirk of fate, both published some new stats yesterday around wellness and fitness apps – a current area of hot interest...
March 26, 2021
Help Musicians warns of a ‘hidden mental health crisis’
UK-based charity Help Musicians has published its latest survey findings, and they are bleak indeed. The charity canvassed more than 700 musicians in the UK about their mental health, and found 87% saying it had deteriorated...
March 12, 2021
Startup Sona launches ‘music therapy’ app for stress relief
If you want our tip for making life instantly 78% less stressful, mute the words ‘Harry’, ‘Meghan’ and ‘Piers Morgan’ on all your social apps. But if that fails, perhaps a new app called Sona is...
March 10, 2021
Sandbox Issue 270: Always-on my mind: how do artists avoid social media burn-out?
Lead: Always-on my mind: Artists have long accepted – sometimes reluctantly – that their role includes intimate direct-to-fan digital connectivity, usually via Social Media. Grinding out content on multiple platforms,...
February 24, 2021
Tonic Rider aims to support musicians with mental health
As the Covid-19 pandemic and its live-music lockdowns in many countries continues, there is still a great deal of concern about the wellbeing of musicians and their teams. But thankfully there are a growing number of support...
February 16, 2021
Spotify reveals new ‘Work From Anywhere’ policy for staff
A year in to the Covid-19 global pandemic, and in many countries there are still huge swathes of industries working from home – music included. Both there and in countries where control measures have enabled more of a...
February 15, 2021
‘Wellness in Music’ survey explores Covid-19’s impact
We all know that musicians are suffering on several levels from the Covid-19 pandemic, from the loss of a big chunk of their livelihoods in touring (plus the knock-on effects for merchandise sales) to the lockdown strains...
February 12, 2021
Smartphone users spent $2bn on health and fitness apps in 2020
App analytics firm App Annie has published its latest data on the growth of health and fitness apps in 2020. It claims that downloads of this category grew from 2bn in 2019 to 2.6bn in 2020, while consumer spending grew...
January 29, 2021
Music Biz launches Music Business Mental Health Fund
Yesterday’s fitness and wellbeing track at the NY:LON Connect conference proved to be the ideal opportunity for our partner Music Biz to announce its new Music Business Mental Health Fund. The organisation is working...
January 29, 2021
Sound Advice book offers health-focused guidance for artists
There is plenty of training and advice out there around how to build a successful career in music, but not so much around how to do that while staying healthy and happy. A new book called ‘Sound Advice: The Ultimate...
January 19, 2021