Addictions and mental health charity Music Support to stage training events in London

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UK music industry specialist addictions and mental health charity Music Support will host two training events in London this month, for which Music Business Worldwide is the official media partner.

Both events are aimed at those working in the music industry who want to learn more about how to support the health of artists, employees and themselves.

The first, titled Where is the Line?, will take place at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill on Tuesday, January 30th from 6.30 — 9.30pm. 

Harold Owens, Senior Director of MusiCares – a charity of the Recording Academy which has a long-established division dealing specifically with addiction in the US music industry – will give a presentation on his experiences over the last two decades.

Titled What to do When your Artist is in Trouble, Owen’s presentation will focus on a number key issues around addiction.

He will also be chairing a panel made up of experts from the music industry including veteran Manager Bill Curbishley (The Who, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page) and Warner Chappell UK Managing Director Mike Smith.

The evening is free to music industry professionals.

The second event, Let’s Push Things Forward, is an all-day workshop focusing on addiction, mental health and recovery in the music industry, covering a wider variety of topics with a focus on skills acquisition. 

This will take place at The Marriott Hotel, Kensington, on January 31st from 9:30am – 5:30pm.

The day will be led by Owens in conjunction with Nanette Zumwalt of the International Recovery Institute – a US training establishment for recovery specialists.

The workshop is being hosted by the International Conference on Addiction and Associated Disorders (iCAAD) and is presented in association with the BRIT Trust, the Music Manager’s Forum and sponsored by Crossroad’s Antigua.

As well as the wider industry, Let’s Push Things Forward is open to those with an interest in working in the specialist support services (ie. sober companion/recovery coach).

Companies who may wish to explore appointing a lead within their organisations to provide support are also welcome.

Tickets for Where is the Line? are £35 with five bursaries available on application to info@musicsupport.org.

“Creating a platform not only to discuss the issues amongst ourselves as an industry and share our experiences – but also to bring in experienced professionals to deliver practical hands on skills is a major step forward.”

matt thomas, music support

Music Support co-founder Matt Thomas said: “Creating a platform not only to discuss the issues amongst ourselves as an industry and share our experiences – but also to bring in experienced professionals to deliver practical hands on skills is a major step forward. Education and training to facilitate prevention, treatment and continuing care.

“That this has been made possible by the support of The BPI, BRIT Trust, Music Managers Forum and Music Business Worldwide, and sponsored by Crossroads Antigua, is a significant coming together symbolically and practically.

“Teaming up with MusiCares means that we are now truly International, and I truly believe that together we can make a difference.”

Tickets for both events available at www.musicsupport.org

Music Business Worldwide

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