Instagram Import – In light of a series of recent incidences that have shaken the music industry, I’d like to express how proud I am of the New Zealand Music Foundation for their research and subsequent action into providing a fully funded support service specifically directed to the members of the New Zealand music industry.
The New Zealand Music Community Wellbeing Survey was conducted in July 2016. With over 1350 respondents from the music community answering 40 questions about their working hours and income, sleep, nutrition and exercise, drug and alcohol use, mental health, support networks and more, the survey is currently the world’s largest per-capita quantitative research project to examine the health and wellbeing of the music community.
This survey concluded that over a third of songwriters, composers and performers have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and reportedly attempt suicide at twice the rate of the population average.
In a country that’s known for its beautiful scenery, relaxed way of life and friendly people, the youth suicide rate is twice as high as the US rate and almost five times that of Britain.
Having already alarmingly high suicide rates as a country, combined with the mental health issues present within the industry, makes this an absolutely essential service, and I am extremely appreciate and grateful for the efforts of the New Zealand Music Foundation and those that support this cause.
Here’s hoping similar initiatives will take off here in the US and may other countries around the world.
I’m also very appreciative to those I’ve had the pleasure of working in the studio with over these past 10 years. You are all what makes the studios feel so warm and homely, and I treasure every moment of each and every session. We’re one big creative family and we all support each other.