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
Another YouTuber – Lilly Singh – hits the exhaustion wall
Comedian and vlogger Lilly Singh has become one of the most popular stars on YouTuber, and one backed by YouTube itself in the first crop of its original series back in 2016. But now she’s become the latest online-video...
November 14, 2018
Help Musicians UK launches £200k fund for independent musicians
Music-industry charity Help Musicians UK has launched a new ‘Do It Differently’ fund aimed at independent musicians, which will start with £200k to distribute. Producers, composers, songwriters, musicians, singers, DJs...
October 9, 2018
Facebook is working on ‘time well spent’ features for its app
One of the unexpected trends of 2018 is the sight of technology companies actively trying (or, if you’re feeling cynical: actively trying to be *seen* to be trying) to persuade people to stop using their products as much....
June 25, 2018