In a very welcome bit of good news, a new free 24/7 wellbeing support programme for the Irish Music Sector called Minding Creative Minds has launched.
The service is now open for Irish musicians, songwriters, artist managers & event production crew and will cover individuals from Northern Ireland as well as those in the Republic. The assistance available includes:
- 24/7 dedicated phone line (ROI: 1800 814 244 – NI: 0800 0903677 – International: +353 1 518 0277)
- Counselling service (short term intervention/ up to six sessions)
- Telephone counselling
- Secure video counselling
- Extensive web portal and app enabling live chat with a counsellor
Minding Creative Minds will also offer a series of additional services including:
- Advice on practical day-to-day issues that are causing anxiety or stress
- Legal assistance
- Financial assistance
- Consumer advice
- Career guidance
- Life coaching
- Mediation for conflict resolution.
Originally set to launch later this summer, the start date was accelerated to June 2 in response to the devastating impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic on the music sector.
Minding Creative Minds was spearheaded by David Reid (First Fortnight, Choice Music Prize), who partnered with IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation), IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association), RAAP (Recorded Artists, Actors & Performers), Universal Music Ireland
and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to make the service a reality.
David said, ”We are delighted to launch this critical support programme that will give musicians, songwriters, artist managers & event production crew the opportunity to mind their mental wellbeing and be able to contact qualified counsellors and experts in different fields such as financial planning, legal and career matters enabling expert advice and helping to manage personal issues they might be facing. Working in collaboration with our partner organisations we can now provide a credible support structure for this sector. We look forward to extending this programme within the Irish music Industry and to enable this service to be available to the entire Irish Creative Community in due course”