Health and Wellbeing Support

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Prioritising Your Wellbeing

At the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), we recognise that the health and wellbeing of those who contribute to Scotland’s dynamic music scene are important. The pressures of the industry can be demanding, and that’s why we’re committed to providing resources and guidance to support the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of our members.

Our Commitment to Your Wellbeing

Navigating the challenges of the music industry shouldn’t compromise your health. SMIA is dedicated to:

  1. Promoting Mental Health Awareness: We strive to create an environment where conversations about mental health are open, honest, and supportive.
  2. Signposting to Professional Help: Direct access to organisations like Help Musicians, who offer a wide range of services tailored for the music community.
  3. Offering Guidance on Physical Health: Providing information on maintaining physical health, especially in touring and studio environments.

Resources and Support Networks

The right support can make all the difference. We have curated a list of trusted organisations and services that specialise in supporting the health and wellbeing of musicians and industry professionals:

  • Music Minds Matter: An independent UK charity for music industry professionals, offering free mental health support.
  • Musicians’ Union – A UK organisation that represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business, providing advice, legal support, and financial assistance.
  • Music Support – A charity that provides help and support for individuals in the UK music industry suffering from mental health issues or addiction.
  • The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) – Offers specialised healthcare and advice to musicians, dancers, actors, and other performing artists.
  • Intercultural Youth Scotland – offers free, confidential counselling to Black and People of Colour (BPoC) children and young people, aged 12-25, in Scotland. Their service, focusing on racial trauma, provides up to 12 counselling sessions online, tailored to individual needs.

If you require urgent help, you can contact The Samaritans by calling 116 123 or by contacting NHS 24 by calling 111 – both are free and available 24/7.

For more information, visit our frequently updated Resources Page for tools and support tailored to musician and industry professional health, wellbeing, and career growth.

Workshops and Events

We regularly host workshops and events focused on health and wellbeing, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to manage the unique demands of the music industry.

To keep up to date with the latest music events, check out our Events Page.

Join Us in Fostering a Supportive Community

Becoming a member of SMIA means joining a community that cares. Membership is free and provides access to health and wellbeing resources, exclusive discounts, and updates on the latest support initiatives.

If you’re not a member yet, seize the opportunity to join a network a growing network of 4000 music practitioners within Scotland.