This week, MusiCares announced Laura Segura’s appointment as the charity’s new Executive Director. But what does that mean we hear you ask? Well we all know that life can throw obstacles and difficult times our way. So what happens when the bands and artists we love and adore, face their own personal struggles? Enter in MusiCares.
You don’t have to work in music to know that touring for months is going to affect your health and wellbeing. The GRAMMY’s have spearheaded MusiCares over the past thirty years and Laura’s appointment will only see the charity grow. Now that’s something as fans we can all get behind!
Last year Record Union found that at least 73% of independent musicians suffered from a mental health illness alone. That’s before we even think about artists signed to major labels. Or the entire support system of managers, label teams and touring crew! This just goes to show how important charities like MusiCares are for the music industry.
They’re especially important in times of crisis, just like the COVID-19 pandemic we’re all still in. Earlier this spring, MusiCares established a special COVID-19 Relief Response to help music community members impacted by the pandemic. They managed to raise $20 million and provided thousands of music creators and industry professionals with emergency assistance! It’s work like this, that we know doesn’t go unnoticed by fans.
I am humbled to join the MusiCares team during such a monumental moment. It is through taking care of music people that we ensure music remains an integral part of all our lives. In the immediate term, we need to effectively transition from emergency mode into a long-term recovery effort. Unfortunately, COVID-19 and its related toll on the health and well-being of music people will be felt for years to come.
The charity itself is made up of highly experienced teams of licensed clinical social workers, substance abuse counselors, and health and human services professionals that work directly with musicians and industry members. If you work in music and are struggling, help can be found here or if you have the means you can donate here.
Alternatively, if you don’t work in music but are going through a hard time or know someone who is, you can find a list of resources here. Here at The Honey Pop, we want to encourage you to talk about mental health and to check in on your friends. Even if you think they’re ok!