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Study finds 73% of independent musicians suffer from mental illness

music news 09/05/2019

A new study by distribution company Record Union has found that 73% of independent musicians suffer from mental illness. 

The online survey was conducted between the March 21 and April 2 and involved close to 1,500 artists, with one third admitting they suffered panic attacks. Other issues identified included negative pressure, negative stress, anxiety and depression. 

Referred to as 'The 73 Percent Report', the survey identified fear of failure, loneliness and financial instability as contributing factors.

Record Union has committed to donate US$30,000 to projects that aim to tackle or prevent mental illness amongst musicians, and the fund is currently open for applications. 

Unfortunately artists aren't the only ones under immense mental strain. Last year, ticketing website Skiddle found that 82% of music industry workers were subjected to 'intense and unmanageable stress' in their own study.

Mental health has long been a big talking point in the music industry, highlighted by the recent passing of Avicii and Prodigy frontman Keith Flint.



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