The Famous Company are proud to announce that we are currently working with the charity Music Support alongside The BRIT Trust and Festival Republic. Our team will be helping the charity in the redesign of their website as well as aiding them with the production of promotional material and marketing strategy.
Founded in April 2016, Music Support is a charity that helps provide help and support for individuals in the UK music industry who are suffering from alcoholism, addiction and emotional or mental health issues. Robbie Williams has recently become the charity’s first ever patron, Williams’ own battles with mental illness and substance abuse have been well documented throughout his time as both as a solo artist and as a member of Take That.
Research from across the world suggests that people who work in the music industry are more susceptible and vulnerable to addiction and mental health issues, due to the environments, lifestyles and stress that they have to deal with on an everyday basis. Studies argue that 59.5% of entertainment industry workers have sought help for mental health issues, 40% of performers have mental health issues and that on average in the US performing artists live shorter lives. Addiction and mental health is also known to have a damaging effect on members of a road crews, who have to experience the stress and pressures of life on the road, as well as general industry workers, who may suffer from anxiety caused by long hours, insomnia, low pay as well as drug and alcohol abuse.
Music Support is determined to make sure that no-one in the music industry, with an addiction or mental health problem, suffers alone – they’re passionate about innovation and creating transformational change. The charity aims to provide peer-to-peer support, signposting to the best and most appropriate professional services available and safe spaces at festivals for support, information and education. They operate a free 24/7 telephone helpline that offers support from volunteers who provide confidential, sympathetic and non-judgemental support. They pledge to give every caller the help they need.
The charity also has a whole range of resources available on their website, providing a range of material on addiction, alcoholism, mental and emotional health issues. The charity also cover clinical mental and behavioural health issues and have experts on board that can provide assessments and referrals, and access to psychiatric sessions and treatments at residential and nonresidential facilities. Music Support will also look to put you in touch with other industry members who are also in recovery, building you an established community to help maintain your recovery.
Are you suffering in silence? Struggling with anxiety and substance abuse?
Remember, You Are Not Alone. Call the 24/7 helpline on: 0800 030 6789, or get in touch online at www.musicsupport.org