MusiCares Launches Second Annual Health & Wellness Survey
MusiCares, the leading music industry charity, has today launched the second installment of its Health & Wellness Survey, an annual, music industry-focused survey implemented to better understand the circumstances and well-being of individuals who are earning their living by working in music.
The MusiCares Health & Wellness Survey aims to identify and understand how different aspects of being a music professional relate to overall well-being and mental health. The results from the survey will be used to better inform MusiCares of the needs of their clients and to further understand and communicate the issues impacting the lives and careers of music professionals.
"The goal with this year's survey is to analyze year-over-year results as well as to build and scale MusiCares' programs and services according to the needs expressed within the music industry," Debbie Carroll, MusiCares' Vice President of Health & Human Services, says about the survey. "We use the music industry's needs, based on the survey's results, to guide our everyday work and create critical health and welfare programming and services supporting Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Services, Health Services, and Human Services. The data from the survey will help guide and define our future programs and, most importantly, remind us why our support is needed to help the humans behind music."
First launched last October during the COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural, first-of-its-kind survey assessed the music community's mental health and overall well-being. The results of that survey, unveiled in February, showed that 51 percent of survey respondents indicated they had low to very low levels of confidence in being able to afford basic living expenses during the pandemic, while 62 percent indicated experiencing moderately high to very high levels of financial stress on a daily basis. The survey results also showed that 26 percent of survey respondents reported experiencing moderate to severe levels of depression.
Additionally, the survey results showed that while 34.9 percent of survey respondents sought counseling for depression, anxiety and stress, 53.5 percent of those respondents reported that they were unable to afford counseling due to financial constraints.
The Health & Wellness Survey will continue as an annual MusiCares initiative in order to keep the pulse of the music industry. The survey will be used to gauge the most pressing issues at hand for the music community — as well as understand new and emerging issues — all with the goal to better serve the music industry.
*Limited to those 18 and older and who have been working in the music industry for five or more years, the MusiCares Health & Wellness Survey is voluntary; all survey responses are strictly confidential.