Music & Minds
Empowering the Music Industry with Clinical Expertise

This is an exclusive conference, designed for music industry professionals. 

Overview

We invite you to a music and mental health conference to unite both industries in one room and one conversation. We are designing a distinguished yearly landmark specifically tailored to address the undercurrents of past resistant obstacles and co-occurring present-day complex mental health disorders we face. These issues have become more intense in today’s unpredictable socio-economic climate.

Our overarching goal is to foster a proactive industry culture that prioritises mental health as a foundational element. We are committed to empowering teams and management with comprehensive resources to effectively address mental health challenges. By cultivating an environment that values mental well-being, we aim to create a positive shift in the industry, fostering a sustainable and nurturing community for all its members.

Together, we can build a future where crises are pre-emptively addressed, enabling artists and professionals to thrive in a healthier and more supportive environment.

With a focus on providing teams and management with the necessary tools and resources (similar to what other industries are implementing), we aspire to transform the culture and make a positive impact on people’s lives. The result will be evident through improved attendance, productivity, happiness, and overall job satisfaction.

Specifically, we strive to achieve the following:

1. Raise awareness about the importance of mental health and well-being in the music industry.

2. Cultivate a positive change in the industry culture, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment.

3. Facilitate collaboration among executives, HR professionals, and young record labels in the music industry to exchange experiences, best practices, and innovative ideas for positive change.

4. Provide education and resources without any direct selling, offering effective solutions to address mental health challenges.

5. Showcase the UK’s mental health and addiction industry, highlighting its valuable contributions.

We want to create a platform where artists, record labels, tour managers, and various stakeholders can come together, to collaborate, and contribute to the growth and development of mental health within the music landscape.

Who should attend?

– Artists and Musicians

– Record Labels and A&R Professionals

– Executives at Record Labels

– Tour Managers and Live Event Professionals

– Music Producers and Engineers

– Music Technology Innovators

– Music Educators and Researchers

– HR professionals

Anyone in the music industry can benefit from attending our conference, by gaining a deeper understanding of how mental well-being impacts creativity, learning effective strategies for managing stress and pressures unique to the industry, and networking with professionals to foster a more supportive community. 

Together, we form a collective of dedicated mental health and music industry professionals. Our team comprises of experienced clinicians from the mental health industry, as well as experts who excel in organising renowned in-person conferences, webinars, and masterclasses. These effective platforms not only bring people together but also serve as educational opportunities to raise awareness about the importance of mental health.

details

  • Date: Thursday 25th January 2024
  • Time: 8:15 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Venue: One Birdcage Walk, London

our advisory board

schedule

Decoding Music's Journey: A Reflection on the Mental Health Challenges Across Eras

Dr Phil Hopley will explore the history of mental health and the music industry, and will then interview Jeremy Marsh and Sam Eldridge, uniting the conversation between mental health and music. They will also explore how resources were born out of crisis, but now needed to be considered from a preventative model.

Dr. Phil Hopley

Consultant Psychiatrist & Elite Performance Coach

Dr Phil is an expert in wellbeing and mental health. He works across all sectors including elite sport, the entertainment business and the music industry. Whether guiding someone from acute mental health problems to stability or coaching top performers to find that extra 1%, he loves showing people that they have the capacity to change and optimise their health.

Jeremy Marsh

Ex-Chief Global Marketing Officer at Warner Music Group

Jeremy Marsh boasts a distinguished 30-year career in the music industry, having held top positions at Virgin, Warner Bros, RCA, BMG, and Warner Music Group. He co-founded JEMARCO LLP, offering global management services and advisory roles in Entertainment. Highlights include leading platinum album success at Virgin in the late ’80s and campaigns for artists like Madonna at Warner Bros. As RCA’s MD, he launched Take That and mentored Simon Cowell. BMG saw him signing Natalie Imbruglia, elevating the company’s UK market share. Returning to Warner Music in 2009, he oversaw Warner Bros Records, contributing to mergers and global artist launches. In 2021, Jeremy returned to the UK to head Catalogue marketing for iconic artists and continues to provide valuable advisory counsel to the UK leadership team.

Sam Eldridge

The Power of Psychotherapy -
A Conversation With

Adrianna Irvine will explore psychotherapy's benefits, its purpose, and effectiveness, and why we should all be aware and applying it to our everyday lives. Adrianna will also interview a special guest from the music industry, to understand how therapy has helped them in their career. Special Guest to be announced soon.

Adrianna Irvine

Integrative Psychotherapist - Extensive experience working with artists

Adrianna, our fellow advisory board member, is a London-based fully accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling Psychotherapy, transitioned from a two-decade career in entertainment, music, and film in 1998 to specialise in behavioural and relational health. With a Master’s degree in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, she is well-versed in intimacy, attachment disorders, trauma response, and disruptive coping disorders, benefiting from mentorship under prominent figures like Pia Mellody and Dr. Patrick Carnes. Notably, she served as a therapist at Caron Ocean Drive and consulted on addiction-related topics, including work at the Cannes Film Festival. Her diverse career also includes roles as Artist Liaison for MTV and involvement in international music tours.

Special Guest

What Are You Waiting For? How to Build Resilient Mental Health

The music business is synonymous with intense pressure and relentless stress. High profile mental health crises are not uncommon and it is not only top artists that are vulnerable. Building resilience in the face of pressure is 100% achievable. Applying small changes to our lives can yield significant health benefits. Dr Phil will explain the science and share proven techniques for achieving SUSTAINABLE high performance.

Dr. Phil Hopley

Consultant Psychiatrist & Elite Performance Coach

Dr Phil is an expert in wellbeing and mental health. He works across all sectors including elite sport, the entertainment business and the music industry. Whether guiding someone from acute mental health problems to stability or coaching top performers to find that extra 1%, he loves showing people that they have the capacity to change and optimise their health.

Find Your Flow - Understanding Flow State for Optimal Performance, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Professor Bhattacharya will explore “Flow” - a state for peak performance. You will learn the latest psychological and neural mechanisms of flow, its impact on our mental health and wellbeing, and practical strategies to enhance flow states in both work and personal settings.

Professor Joydeep Bhattacharya

Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths University of London - Neuroscientist

Joydeep Bhattacharya is a Professor at the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths University of London. He was earlier associated with the Max-Planck Institute in Germany, the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Austria, and the California Institute of Technology in the USA. He was previously the Director of Research in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths. He has published over 130 research articles on wide-ranging topics including music cognition, emotion, creativity and flow. He is regularly listed among the world’s top 2% of scientists across all disciplines. His research findings have been covered by worldwide media outlets (e.g., BBC, ITV, Sky, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Guardian, New Yorker, National Geographic). 

Secrets of the Body Pharmacy for Optimal Health

Your body has a pharmacy inside: knowing when and how to release the many medicines your mind and body can create is the key to unlocking long term health. In this talk, Dr. Mohring will explain the neuroscience of stress and ADHD and use the body pharmacy to learn how to manage, treat and prevent them. She will discuss case examples from the music industry and how the body pharmacy helped, and will cover the evidence around mindset as medicine, how exercise is linked to cannabis and why mindfulness makes your brain grow. Accompanied with actionable advice you can bring into play right now.

Dr. Judith Mohring

Expert Lifestyle Psychiatrist

Dr Judith Mohring is a consultant psychiatrist with 25 years experience in clinical and organisational practice. She studied medicine at Cambridge and London and was a gold medal graduate at finals. Dr Judith has worked around the world, set up award winning services and led clinical practices in the City, Chelsea and Harley Street, where she pioneered her unique lifestyle psychiatry approach. She is an expert trainer in resilient leadership, stress management and ADHD.  Over the last five years she has established her business, the Natural Psychiatrist, teaching professionals the science of wellbeing to enhance mental and physical health. Her skill is creating awareness which leads to action in the audiences and groups she works with. She is a Spears top 500 award winner (private practice healthcare) 2023. She lives in London with her husband and two children, loves nature and is a recent convert to open water swimming.

Panel Discussion:
What are the Resources Available?

In this panel discussion, we will explore the current UK resources to help support mental health issues within the music industry. There will also be a chance for attendees to ask our panellists questions, directly.

Special Guest (MC)

Josh Dickson

Clinical Director of Resurface and EMDR Consultant

Josh is an accredited EMDR Consultant, an accredited drugs and alcohol counsellor and a licenced Heartmath coach. He is the clinical director of the Resurface programme.

He has been working in private practice and as a consultant for Start2Stop since 2012 and has a special interest in treating trauma and promoting positive psychology. He is an experienced group facilitator, lecturer and public speaker.

Josh has recently finished training with The Flow Research Collective and continues to be active in research around flow states, trauma and recovery.

Calum Morrison

Founder of the Extraordinary Adventure Club (EAC)

Strongly driven by adventure and an insatiable curiosity in people and diverse geographies, Calum has spent extended periods of the last 30 years challenging himself in hostile, non-permissive environments throughout the globe.
He founded the Extraordinary Adventure Club (EAC), EAC  provides revolutionary programmes of self-discovery and self-mastery. Helping people unlock and activate their inherent resilience, recalibrating perceptions of both themselves and the world around them. People are stretched emotionally and physically, and with support, this enables them to access untapped strengths and resources.

Suzi Green

Naturopathic Nutritionist and Tour Manager

Suzi Green has a career in the music industry spanning 25 years, and has tour managed artists including PJ Harvey, Clean Bandit, The Chemical Brothers and Grace Jones. After experiencing burn out, she left the industry and retrained as a Naturopathic Nutritionist and having returned to the business, uses her skills on tour, to the benefit of artists and crew. Passionate about wellbeing, Suzi’s aim is to help bring awareness around both physical and mental health on tour.  During COVID shutdown, she founded a peer zoom group ’The Back Lounge’ as a way for live music professionals to connect and support each other, a group that continues to thrive now with 3500+ ‘members’. She’s won various awards for her work in the industry -TPI ‘Unsung Hero Award’, Pollstar’s ‘Inaugural Impact International List’ and Women in Live Music ‘Tour Manager of the Year’. Continuing to tour, she’s currently part way through MSc Psychotherapy at Regents University.

Matt Thomas

Co-Founder of Music Support and
Co-Director of Attune

Matt, a music industry veteran of 30 years, has spent the last decade in mental health and addiction fields. He’s a trusted practitioner in personal support for mental health and addiction recovery. Matt co-founded and chairs Music Support, and is also a consultant for Forward Trust’s Taking Action on Addiction campaign. He is also co-founder and practitioner at Attune, a company which supports the entertainment, music and sports industries to fulfil their duty of care responsibilities to talent via a suite of case management, clinical, coaching and team psycho-education services. He’s consulted for TV and radio programs, including The Archers and Emmerdale, as well as documentaries like Channel 4’s Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert. Matt is a qualified mediator and experienced coach with diverse clients from international tours to grassroots venues and organisations.

Adam Ficek

UKCP Psychotherapist, Researcher and Professional Musician

Adam Ficek, a pillar of the music scene for 25 years, shines as a performer and DJ, boasting a track record with industry giants like EMI, Parlophone, and Rough Trade. His journey spans solo success, band ventures, and chart-topping hits. Beyond music, Adam passionately champions musician mental health, lending insights from both clinical and artist perspectives via media outlets.
Adam’s dedication to mental health extends to his extensive qualifications, including a forthcoming Doctor of Psychotherapy, MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy (Distinction), MA in Advanced Music Technology, and various psychotherapy and counselling diplomas. He’s a consultant for organisations like BAPAM, Help Musicians, and Tonic Music, while finalising a groundbreaking doctoral study on musicians and mental health. With EMDR and sensorimotor therapy expertise, Adam Ficek is a transformative figure in music’s mental well-being landscape.

Note: As this is an exclusive private conference for music industry professionals ONLY, all attendees will need to be verified through their organisation.

For any enquires, including group organisation discounts, please contact: events@hazellpartners.com.

We regret to inform that our Music & Minds conference, originally scheduled for the 25th of January 2024, has been postponed. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we believe it is in the best interest of all participants to reschedule the event. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time. Rest assured, the conference will return at a later date, and we will keep you updated on the new schedule. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you to the rescheduled Music & Minds conference!