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
John Legend is meditation app Headspace’s new ‘chief music officer’
We're big fans of famous artists being given spurious job titles as part of partnerships with tech companies, dating back to the glory days of Lady Gaga as Polaroid creative director and Will·I·Am as director of creative...
August 14, 2020
Julianna Barwick releases three tracks on meditation app Calm
Julianna Barwick is the latest artist to release music through meditation app Calm, following in the footsteps of Moby, Above & Beyond and Kygo. Barwick, who's signed to Ninja Tune, is releasing three extended versions...
August 7, 2020
Meditation app Meditopia raises $15m funding round
Mindfulness apps Calm and Headspace have raised big funding rounds in recent years, and have been growing in popularity. Mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower reckons that the top 10 meditation apps generated $195m of user...
July 17, 2020
Harry Styles reads a ‘sleep story’ for meditation app Calm
"Hello. I'm Harry Styles..." Those four words have set off some social-media excitement overnight, spoken by Styles himself in a promo video for meditation app Calm. He's going to be reading one of the 'sleep stories'...
July 7, 2020
Wellness firm Chopra launches meditations with J Balvin
Chopra is the wellness company launched by author and alternative-medicine figure Deepak Chopra. It's just announced a partnership with Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin for a 21-day meditation program called 'Renew Yourself:...
June 25, 2020