UMG, EMI Trust and The eXceL Project back Secret Studio
As part of a collaboration between UMG, the EMI Trust and youth-community charity The eXceL Project, the three-day education programme Secret Studio has resulted in the release of two new original tracks. The eXceL Project’s...
December 11, 2019
SoundCloud-Rap deaths spark renewed debate about wellbeing
The death of artist Juice WRLD earlier this week is still raw in the minds of his fans, friends and the teams that worked with him. It’s important, as in any case like this, to avoid jumping to conclusions and assigning...
December 11, 2019
Musicians star in ‘Seize the Awkward’ mental-health campaign
Four musicians are taking part in a new mental-health campaign aimed at teenagers and young adults. Lindsey Stirling, Hayley Kiyoko, Aminé, and Christina Perri are the stars of the latest ‘Seize the Awkward’ campaign,...
September 6, 2019
Music’n’meditation app Wave raises $5.7m for its launch
We’ve been writing about the monster funding rounds and music activities (e.g. an exclusive Moby album) for mindfulness startup Calm recently, while rival Headspace was one of the first companies to partner with Spotify...
July 18, 2019
Instagram flags up its efforts to crack down on bullying
With 153 million followers, Selena Gomez is one of the most popular stars on Instagram – only Ariana Grande and Cristiano Ronaldo are ahead of her, plus Instagram’s own official account. Yet in June 2019, Gomez revealed that...
July 9, 2019
Elevate Music Podcast to focus on wellbeing for musicians
There’s a new music-focused podcast in town, and it wants to help musicians safeguard their wellbeing and health. The podcast is called Elevate Music Podcast, and it’s the result of a partnership between production firm...
July 2, 2019
Social media’s impact on the life satisfaction of teenagers is “tiny”
Every generation has its folk devil – the one thing that is apparently going to corrupt and destroy “the young people”. The hula hoop, radio, Hollywood, TV, rock ’n’ roll, Cabbage Patch Kids (maybe), acid house,...
May 8, 2019
Wellbeing survey of independent musicians finds worrying results
Music distributor Record Union has joined the debate around mental health within the music industry, with a survey of nearly 1,500 independent musicians conducted in late March and early April this year. It’s the latest...
April 29, 2019
Help Musicians UK steps up fundraising after spending increase
Charity Help Musicians UK is planning a new fundraising drive, after increasing its spending to support individuals and organisations in the British music industry with wellbeing and mental-health issues. The charity spent...
April 26, 2019
What happens if you quit Facebook for a month?
Quitting specific social networks – temporarily or permanently – is an increasingly-common pastime. But does it improve your life? A study at Stanford University has been finding out, focusing on Facebook with a study...
February 1, 2019
Wellbeing: from alcohol and sleep to holidays and hobbies
Darren Hemmings is the head of British marketing agency Motive Unknown, but he’s also been prominent in the public discussions about wellbeing in the music industry, and some of the pressures that people face. Now he’s written...
January 22, 2019
Study claims social media ‘increases depression and loneliness’
You know what makes us feel sad? Studies about how social media makes people feel sad. The latest comes from the University of Pennsylvania, based on an experiment involving 143 people completing a survey about their mood...
November 14, 2018