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
Mind State compilation raises awareness for mental health support
Mind State Vol 1 (out today – 8th June) is a new compilation from the drum & bass world, compiled and arranged by Ben Verse, former MC in Pendulum. Released by Getahead Records/AEI Media, it is designed to raise money...
June 8, 2018
Sandbox Issue 203: The Pause Clause
Lead: The music industry has long had a “work hard, play hard” philosophy, but finally this is being seriously questioned in a brutal always-on culture where marketers are supposed to work around the clock. The work/life...
May 2, 2018
Healthy startup life: ‘Read more books and less tweets’
When Alex Kennedy founded his own startup, he was excited about the potential. What he didn’t realise was that the ride would be an emotional and financial rollercoaster.
February 15, 2018
Wellbeing in the music industry: ‘It’s a global myth that mental illness is a weakness’
Modern life is rubbish, as a wise Britpop band once told us. At least, it can be, if digital noise, work pressures and an always-on lifestyle start to get on top of you, or if you're not receiving good enough support for...
February 8, 2018