New findings in research on the mental health of musicians

A new sub-report from the extensive collaboration between the partnership and the University of Westminster evaluates the impact of health and well-being interventions in the music industry. Among the most effective models are therapeutic models and peer support.

The purpose of the study, which has been ongoing since spring 2023, is to establish a solid knowledge base for the industry and identify recommendations that can contribute to improving the mental health and well-being of musicians.

The initial findings from the study were presented in November 2023 and clearly showed that Danish musicians experience a lower level of well-being compared to the general population.

Read the full report from phase 1 here.

In the report from the project’s second phase, the existing intervention landscape has been mapped out, and the effectiveness of four of the most used models has been evaluated. With this report, the industry is better equipped to prioritize and implement initiatives that have the greatest impact on the health and well-being of musicians.

The evaluated interventions include existing methods, while the final recommendations, to be released in spring, also include additional measures that extend beyond the current intervention landscape to meet the complex needs of the music industry.

Interventions are most effective in combination

The four evaluated models are helplines, preventative methods, therapeutic approaches, and peer support. While peer support and therapeutic approaches are assessed as the most effective across the Danish music scene, preventative methods and helplines can be beneficial in more specific contexts and target groups.

However, the report emphasizes that none of the four models alone are sufficient to improve well-being across the industry. Therefore, a holistic approach is recommended to create a more comprehensive change. Additionally, the report highlights a general lack of evaluation of the effectiveness of mental health interventions for musicians, as well as a lack of evidence-based knowledge. Therefore, a recommendation is that interventions should be evaluated and adapted to strengthen effectiveness and value.

Read the report from phase 2 here.

What are the next steps?

In April 2024, the final recommendations for solution models will be released, forming the basis for long-term, sustainable solutions that create change for the industry and musicians.

The recommendations will be presented by the research team at the partnership’s conference on April 22, where the industry will gather to brainstorm specific interventions, as well as at SPOT+ on May 3-4.

Read more about the conference and sign up here.