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The Music Manager’s Guide to Mental Health


Download the new Music Manager’s Guide to Mental Health here.

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) have re-published The MMF Guide To Mental Health 2021, updating a free online resource originally made available in 2017 in partnership with
music charities Music Support and Help Musicians. 

This new expanded version, co-authored with Sam Parker of specialist mental health consultants Parker Consultancy, is tailored specifically at the well-being concerns of modern day music managers and includes detailed chapters on areas including Stress Management, Imposter Syndrome, Anxiety & Depression and Alcoholism & Drug Dependency. 

Featuring an introduction from MMF Chair and Biffy Clyro manager, Paul Craig, and closing words from David Joseph, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK, the guide also includes a full directory of professional support services and signposting to further reading and detailed expertise.

Paul Craig, MMF Chair:

“I’m really proud that the MMF continues to recognise the importance of mental health support for music managers and their clients. Through initiatives like this updated Guide and our revised Code of Practice we continue to be part of a vital industry-wide conversation. Managers and artists often experience extreme stress, with a myriad of highs and lows, which has only recently been properly recognised and which the pandemic has exacerbated and placed immense focus on. The more we talk openly and candidly about these pressures, the better the safeguarding and guidance everyone will be able to provide in the coming years.”

Digital Burnout Report 

Download the Digital Burnout Report here.

In February 2022, the MMF conducted several roundtables after noticing that a discussion at the NY:LON Conference in January, and subsequent article in MusicAlly about artists experiencing digital burnout struck a chord with music managers. 

The MMF noticed a large number of members expressing their personal experiences with digital burnout. Mark Mulligan of Midia also published this piece, and most recently Rhian Jones wrote about digital burnout on artists in The Guardian. 

Digital burnout, an issue that’s been simmering away for some time, was suddenly out in the open. In addition, MMF member Tom Rose instigated a petition calling for a cross-industry council to meet regularly to discuss these issues and put in safeguards for artists. 

In response to this surge, to better understand and help find solutions, the MMF held two roundtables with over 40 managers on digital burnout. This report outlines the findings of the roundtables.


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