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
Hunter Walk’s ‘creator wellness’ ideas apply to music too
Former YouTube executive Hunter Walk, who’s now an investor, has published an interesting article with some suggestions for dealing with ‘creator burnout’ on platforms like Instagram, YouTube and TikTok....
January 7, 2021
YogaDownload service adds music from several dance labels
The latest example of a fitness or wellbeing service working directly with the music industry is YogaDownload. It’s an online platform of yoga classes that has been going since 2006, and now it’s broadening its...
December 8, 2020
BAPAM bursary scheme aims to support BAME musicians in UK
BAPAM is the British organisation that provides 'performing arts medicine' in the UK, supporting musicians and other performers in their physical and mental health. Its latest initiative focuses on the latter for a specific...
November 17, 2020
Report claims mental wellness is a $120.8bn market
We've been writing a fair amount about music's intersection with the 'wellness' industry, from mindfulness apps like Calm and Headspace to fitness startups like Peloton. Now there's a new report that's trying to quantify...
November 10, 2020
MusiCares is surveying the music industry’s health and wellness
Saturday was World Mental Health Day, with a flurry of awareness-raising activity within the music industry as well as more generally. One of the more significant announcements, in the US, came from the Recording Academy’s...
October 12, 2020
Can Music Make You Sick? Measuring the price of musical ambition (book extract)
'Can Music Make You Sick?' is a new book by Sally Anne Gross and Dr George Musgrave, with its roots in a study of the same name commissioned by charity Help Musicians UK in 2017, about mental health in the music industry. Gross...
October 8, 2020
BPI and Music Ally event on music, wellbeing and technology
There are a lot of exciting things happening around music, wellbeing and fitness in 2020: from artists working with meditation services like Calm and Headspace, to the growth of Peloton and other fitness startups who make...
September 24, 2020
Record Union and Equilibrium to hold wellness workshop online
Even before Covid-19 and its lockdowns around the world, there was a growing amount of talk about wellbeing in and around the music industry. The pandemic has only sharpened the sense that as an industry, we could be doing...
September 7, 2020
Amazon Halo sees tech giant get into the digital fitness game
Apple has quietly been becoming a digital health and fitness company for a while now, with wellbeing becoming a key selling point for its Apple Watch smartwatch. Now Amazon wants in on the fitness-wearables game. It has...
August 27, 2020