When Music Speaks - Mental Health and Next Steps in the Danish Music Industry. Part 3 - Danish Music Creators' Working Lives and Mental Health Wants

Musgrave, G., Gross, S. and Carney, D 2024. When Music Speaks - Mental Health and Next Steps in the Danish Music Industry. Part 3 - Danish Music Creators' Working Lives and Mental Health Wants. Copenhagen, Denmark Danish Partnership for Sustainable Development in Music. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10984004

TitleWhen Music Speaks - Mental Health and Next Steps in the Danish Music Industry. Part 3 - Danish Music Creators' Working Lives and Mental Health Wants
AuthorsMusgrave, G., Gross, S. and Carney, D
TypeProject report
Abstract

Executive Summary:

• This report contains findings based on interviews with seventeen music creators living and working in Denmark, all of whom saw music-making as their main career, encompassing a range of genres, ages, career stages, levels of anxiety and depression, and levels of subjective wellbeing.
• Interviewees reported a number of psychosocial challenges emanating from their work as music creators. A predominant theme was that of loneliness, understood herein as a feeling of isolation and a lack of support.
• Female music creators suffered specific challenges related to sexism, misogyny and ageism.
• Features of Danish society and the Danish music industry were highlighted as factors. These were:
o Fragmentation across the music supply chain in Denmark. o Socio-cultural norms of Danish society.
o Challenges they felt they faced within, or when exiting, the music education system.
• Music’s healing abilities and the positive role it plays in people’s lives was also highlighted.

• Interviewees highlighted two areas of reform which they felt might offer tangible improvements to their mental health and wellbeing. These were:

1) Structural reform and improvements in their working conditions. Three forms were noted:
o Changes to methods of government subsidy for music creators.
o Changes to better support the self-employed.
o Changes to music industry working practices to emphasise cultures
of care and understanding.

2) Initiatives to foster community, togetherness and knowledge sharing. Two forms were noted:
o Easier access to music business information to enable career
development.
o Spaces for peer support.
• Interviewees were clear that they valued forms of mental health intervention where it was undertaken by those with shared lived experience of music creators’ working lives.

Year2024
PublisherDanish Partnership for Sustainable Development in Music
Place of publicationCopenhagen, Denmark
Publication dates
Published18 Apr 2024
ProjectMusicians’ Mental Health: What Works, What Now?
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10984004

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