Music and Mental Health Group provides the space for music and mental health networking, education, research, and support.
‘Music and Mental Health’ group aims to raise awareness of the mental health crisis among musicians through the prism of music education, creation and performance.
Who we are
We offer a platform for the promotion and fostering of research and collaboration concerning the interaction of music and mental health. We provide a safe space for the exchange of experiences and stories, and an evolving database of Mental Health resources.
What we do
We promote inclusivity and diversity, addressing music practitioners, scholars, and students of all backgrounds. In particular, groups currently at risk. We pay special attention to non-affiliated and freelance individuals as well as immigrants and non-UK students and musicians.
The ‘Music and Mental Health’ group was founded during the pandemic-related lockdowns as a reaction to the growing urgency of Mental Health crisis in the society and in particular within the education system. The group rapidly attracted supporters from various demographics, including representatives of MusicHE, staff and students at Music departments, composers and performers.
The steering committee currently includes the following:
Dr Michelle Assay: Chair
Niamh Gibbs: Digital Officer
Dr Ellen Falconer: Communication officer
Prof. Camden Reeves & Jim Aitchison: Composers’ and creative coordinators
Prof. Michelle Philips: Music HE coordinator
Dr. Catherine Haworth: Academic liaison
Dr. Nuria Bonet: Research and training officer
Dr. Xenia Pestova Bennett: Holistic therapies coordinator
Michael Durrant: Healthy Conservatoires liaison
Barbora Vacková: Students representative
Megan Steinberg: Events coordinator
Dr. George Musgrave: Research coordinator