Music industry manual on touring and mental health to be released in March
Four Tet, Nile Rodgers, Radiohead's Philip Selway share their experiences about the toll touring can take in this new guide for artists and live events professionals
A new book aims to help artists and live events professionals deal with the impact of touring on mental health and well-being.
Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual is a 640-page guide edited by psychotherapist and former promoter and tour manager Tamsin Embleton, who also serves as director of Music Industry Therapist Collective. It covers the range of "physical and psychological difficulties" related to touring, according to publisher Omnibus Press, such as performance anxiety, addiction, relationships, crisis management, diversity (or lack thereof), media and recovery. It hits bookshelves on 23rd March.
In addition to mental health and events industry experts, several high-profile artists share their experiences and stories about touring and the toll it can take. The manual features contributions from Nile Rodgers, Four Tet, Radiohead's Philip Selway, Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry, Pharoahe Monch and more.
"[It’s] like having a therapist in your back pocket", Sugababes' Siobhan Donaghy said. "It helped deepen my understanding of myself as a performer and how the demands of the music business can take a toll".
This past November, Louisahhh, Cera Khin, Nightwave, Bushwacka and more appeared on the second series of the Back 2 Life podcast discussing mental health in electronic music.
In May 2021, the UK charity Mind launched mental health resources specifically for the electronic music industry.
Find more information and get updates on the book here.