Mental Health

Work, Money Worries Leave Many Musicians Singing the Blues

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Date: August 2, 2018
 
Work, Money Worries Leave Many Musicians Singing the Blues
Dell Med Researcher Identifies Key Factors Affecting Musicians’ Mental Health
Researchers from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the mental health-focused SIMS Foundation, have identified work and financial stress as risk factors that may increase clinical depression and anxiety among musicians, according to new study findings presented at the 36th Annual Performing Arts Medicine Association …

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You Got This

The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic’s You Got This (YGT) mental health initiative was created as a response to the growing suicide epidemic in the creative community. YGT is a compassionate, inclusive mental health outreach program designed for creatives and performing artists to help calm suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans by promoting optimal mental health self-care. Directed by a community task force in collaboration with local and national mental health and performing arts medicine advocates, YGT is focused on providing increased access to …

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A Call to Action: Suicide in the Creative Community – “You Got This” Initiative and James Blake

Highlights from the 2018 PAMA International Symposium
Media spotlights this call to action:
Billboard https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8463848/james-blake-suicidal-pama-panel

Consequences of Sound https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/07/james-blake-opens-up-about-his-depression-suicidal-thoughts/

The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jul/03/james-blake-speaks-out-about-struggle-with-depression

The Resident Advisor https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=42074

Pitchfork https://pitchfork.com/news/james-blake-opens-up-about-mental-health-suicidal-thoughts/

Fader http://www.thefader.com/2018/07/03/james-blake-depression-suicide-panel

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CMS Musicians’ Health Webinars 2017-2018

“The Role of Collegiate Faculty and Administrators in Addressing Musicians’ Health”
Shortly after our committee was established in 2015, the College Music Society’s Committee on Musicians’ Health was privileged to host eight webinars on the broad topic of musicians’ health, offering administrators, faculty and students a diverse range of practical strategies for addressing these important topics within the music curriculum.  These take on special importance as the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), in collaboration with the Performing Arts …

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Providers Needed for MusiCares Medical Network

To better address the ever-growing number of music professionals without basic or adequate medical coverage, MusiCares (50lc3 non-profit organization) works closely with a dedicated group of health care professionals through the MusiCares Medical Network to provide the valuable and often life-changing services that some clients require, but simply cannot afford. The network is comprised of providers who recognize this reality and generously give their time and expertise to treat MusiCares’ referrals that are underinsured or uninsured and lack the means …

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A Mindfulness Approach to Warm-up for Musicians

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way on purpose, in a particular way on purpose, in the present moment and being non-judgmental. Mindfulness includes being aware, curious, observant, being open to the experience and accepting. Thus mindfulness has to do with memory retention which is vitally important to those who worry about forgetting.
Click to download: Mindfulness Warm-Up for Musicians

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A Musical Fix for American Schools

“Research shows that music training boosts IQ, focus and persistence”
Article from Wall Street Journal, Oct. 10, 2014
http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-musical-fix-for-american-schools-1412954652

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Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts

“Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts”
Dick, Randall W. MS, FACSM; Berning, Jacqueline R. PhD, RD, CSSD; Dawson, William MD, BS, FAAOS; Ginsburg, Richard D. PhD; Miller, Clay MD, MFA, PMR; Shybut, George T. MD
Published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, November/December 2013, Volume 12, Issue 6, p. 397-403.
Abstract
Performing artists are athletes. Like athletes, performing artists practice and/or perform most days with little off season, play through pain, “compete” in …

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