About Our Work
We provide music industry focused mental health recovery services in hospitals and the community for musicians affected by depression, anxiety, PTSD, bi polar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental health conditions.
Our award-winning 12-week Music Industry Recovery Programme and 5-week Studio Discovery Programme promote wellbeing and recovery through tailored packages of studio sessions and artist development.
Plus we’re proud to have launched the world’s first record label dedicated to releasing material from artists with mental health experience.
Our innovative service supports creative, technical and vocational skills and opens pathways to mainstream opportunities in education, training, work experience and employment.
Our evidence-based approach draws on clinical therapeutic techniques combined with specifically adapted elements of music industry practice.
- One to one studio sessions with professional producers: song writing, composition, beat making, production & recording
- One to one artist development sessions with music industry mentors: a&r feedback, industry advice, biog, artwork, artist portraits, social media profiles
- Option to release on in house record label
- Regular concerts and open mic events
- Progression routes to volunteering, work experience, training and employment
The service was developed in response to concerns from healthcare professionals about a lack of services relevant to “hard to reach” patients who can experience barriers to accessing culturally-relevant or appropriate treatment. This group may also struggle to engage with conventional therapies or comply with medication.
Our intake is through referrals from mental health and social care services. We can also consider self-referrals. Throughout engagement we work closely with multi-disciplinary teams including nursing staff, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists.
- Pre-start taster session / assessment of musical interests, aspirations & goals, mental health history, access or risk factors
- Ongoing reports to care teams contact throughout engagement
- Combination of one-to-one and group work promoting creative collaboration, peer support and social inclusion
- Sessions take place in professionally-equipped studios with specially trained music industry mentors
- Safe, supportive and friendly environments with a non-judgemental approach
- Signposting to appropriate services and progression routes
- Up to date protocols, safeguarding policies, DBS disclosures, public liability insurance
- Progress and outcomes recorded through observation, feedback and evaluation
The charity was set up in 1997 by a group of patients at Highgate Mental Health Centre in North London to provide music activities on the wards. We now work in partnership with NHS mental health services and health and social care agencies in London and other locations in England to provide services for over 3,000 people each year.
Music and Mental Health
Music can play a valuable role in recovery from mental illness. It can stimulate emotional and aesthetic responses, develop creative, technical, social and vocational skills, improve expression, communication, confidence and self-esteem, and facilitate positive changes in behaviour and wellbeing.
Our innovative approach draws on clinical therapeutic techniques and music industry practice using creative collaboration and culturally relevant music activities and genres to engage clients.
We aim to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing through reducing symptoms and relapse rates and creating new life opportunities.
We are also recognised for our pioneering work around improving physical health outcomes through using music as a conduit to engagement in sport, wellbeing, including smoking cessation, and pro-social activities.
Our award-winning programme also includes regular concerts, open mic and social events at our in-house venue and at community festivals, conferences and events.