‘Minds Matter’ Event Hosted by BIMM for Help Musicians UKPosted on: 12 Apr 2018
A group of Bristol BIMM (The British and Irish Modern Music Institute) students are hosting a ‘Minds Matter’ event in support of Help Musicians UK on Thursday the 19th April 2018 at 6.30pm.
Help Musicians UK (HMUK) provide a 24/7 mental health support line which offers support and advice to musicians of all genres, at all stages of their career. They are the country’s leading charity for this purpose. In 2015, HMUK gave 556 emerging musicians the chance to access opportunities through their partners, as well as helping over 400 people through a crisis and ensuring that over 500 elderly musicians maintained a good quality of life.
In an interview for the HMUK study ‘Can Music Make you Sick?’, it was said that “For many artists the pressure of touring and the pressure they put themselves under; the eternal cycle of expectation and ambition coupled with self-criticism and anxiety is crippling…” and that “There needs to be a drive to improve working conditions across the music industries and enhance understanding of the challenges faced by creative workers.”
The acoustic music event will aim to raise awareness and funds for the charity. It will take place at Steinbeck & Shaw and will feature a selection of musicians as well as a guest speaker from HMUK. BIMM students believe that there needs to be a wider discussion around the subject of mental health within the industry - an issue that is clearly prominent but rarely talked about openly.
Musicians set to play include Arctic Lake, Nick Wilson, Saint Loe and Will Heggadon. Each performer will introduce themselves and their own experiences before their performance, explaining how mental health has impacted them during their career.
Steinbeck & Shaw is located at The South Buildings, Canon’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5UH.
Entry into the event is free, with all donations made on the night going to the charity.
Get involved online using the #MusicMindsMattercampaign hashtag.
Iona is a final year Biomedical Science Undergraduate at the University of Bristol. Her passions include blogging, walks by the harbour and exploring new cocktail venues. Iona is working with 365Bristol as part of the Santander Internship scheme for spring and summer 2018.