Study finds music industry workers experience “astronomical levels of stress”
It’s not all about sweet tunes for music industry workers.
There’s this preconception that working in the music industry is glamorous- well it’s not.
95% of people working in the music industry are not the ones jumping on stage for an hour playing music; they are the ones setting everything up, dealing with problems, risks and high levels of stress.
A new study conducted by ticketing company and event guide Skiddle surveyed among some 520 promoters, venue operators and event organisers and found that 82% of people working in the industry suffer from extremely high levels of stress.
Though if you speak to people working in the industry they tend to normalise such stressful conditions, which is exactly what makes it so dangerous.
The statistics of stress
The survey showed:
-67 percent of respondents said they had anxiety
-40 percent said they had struggled with depression
-10 percent said they developed symptoms associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as a direct result of their work
-65 percent of promoters said they frequently felt an “intense and unmanageable level of pressure”
-47 percent said their work in music “often led to a constant feeling of anxiety and sadness”
The biggest worries plaguing promoters included “no regular income” (45 percent) and “lack of support” (43 percent). “Unsociable hours and the effect the job has on relationships also scored highly,” according to the survey results.
After the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington last year, Help Musicians UK launched a 24-hour helpline for anyone in the music industry needing help or emotional support.
Next time you’re at an even, give some love to the music industry workers responsible for your good times.