A new report by Record Union shows 73% of independent musicians have experienced negative emotions such as stress, anxiety and/or depression in relation to their music creation.

Furthermore, these numbers increased with younger artists in the 18-25 age category.

To create a more sustainable music climate with healthier artists, we believe that this needs to change and that artists need to start thinking about their mental health as part of the success.

Of the 73% who said they have experienced negative emotions relating to their career, 65% of them said they talk about mental health with other people (opting to speak with a personal contact [friend, family] rather than professional contact [manager, other artists, etc] within the industry.

The remaining 29% don’t talk about their mental health, because they don’t have anyone to turn to.

81% of the independent musicians surveyed believe the music industry could do more to create a sustainable music climate.

Our study is telling us that something needs to change. It’s time to put the state of our artists’ mental health on the agenda, before streams and commercial success. We as an industry must wake up and ask ourselves: What’s our responsibility in this and what can we do to create a healthier music climate?”

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