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Self Care Session

How to prioritise self-care when working in music


Join us for this guided self-care session, in-person, at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton-On-Tees, 1-3pm. This session will provide strategies to help you manage stress.

While the music industry is returning to some semblance of normality, we still find ourselves moving through 2022 with a great deal of uncertainty. With many people working in music continuing to report worries over loss of work, financial insecurity, or simply finding the ongoing changes in the industry and the with world difficult to cope with, it's okay to find yourself experiencing some stress and anxiety about the months ahead.

This guided self-care session will provide you with techniques and strategies to work through challenging times, equipping you with tools to use on an ongoing basis.

How will this benefit me as a music industry professional?

While a career in music can be fun and rewarding, it can also create difficult conditions in which to look after your mental wellbeing. Long periods spent away from home, lifestyle factors, irregular work, financial difficulties, isolating work conditions, and lack of routine all have the potential to exacerbate any struggles you may already be experiencing. These situations can have a very real impact on your ability to fully engage with and to enjoy what you do. Developing coping strategies to overcome these difficult moments will help you keep alive your love for your profession, allowing you to enjoy more fully the amazing parts of working in music and make the most of your career in the long term.

Who will be speaking at this session?

Dr Melanie Grundy is a GP with special interests in mental health/wellbeing, gender dysphoria and performers’ health. Prior to studying medicine, she gained a degree in Theatre Costume design from Edinburgh College of Art and worked for several years as a freelance designer/maker; consequently she has personal experience of some of the issues facing those who are self-employed in the Arts. Outside her clinical work, Melanie remains involved with the creative sphere as Trustee/Secretary of music promoter Jazz North East and performing as one half of the voice & piano duo Alembic. The clinical and creative come together in her roles as Trustee of Help Musicians UK and as an assessing clinician and trainer for BAPAM.

Who is running these sessions?

This session is run as a collaboration between:

Help Musicians - a charity that wants a world where musicians thrive

BAPAM - an organisation delivering expert health and wellbeing services for those working in the performing arts.

Independent Venue Community - formerly known as CAN YOU CIC IT?, we are the community interest company delivering Independent Venue Week and a new development, education and community programme for various community groups in the UK

The Georgian Theatre, Stockon-on-Tees
- A 100% fully independent music venue; promoting a great live music programme all year round, set within a beautifully restored building – dating back to 1766. They are an award-winning accessible venue, holding a 'Bronze' from Attitude is Everything as part of their Charter of Best Practice and they were named as one of Motability's 10 most accessible music venues in the UK. They positively encourage younger audience members, anyone aged 16+ can attend their events (except those marked 18+) - and anyone under 16 can attend when accompanied by an 18+.

Recent research showed 87% of musicians found their mental health had deteriorated since the start of the pandemic, so Help Musicians have teamed up with these partners above to provide you with tips and techniques you can implement day-to-day to help you work through a range of challenges to your mental wellbeing, as an extension of Help Musicians’ dedicated mental health service, Music Minds Matter

For any questions regarding this session, including accessibility, please contact

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