A new survey conducted by event guide and ticketing outlet Skiddle has revealed that over 80% of people working in the music industry are suffering with continuous levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
The survey collected data from over 520 promoters, venue owners and event organisers, and showed that 82% have suffered stress, while 67% have suffered anxiety and 40% depression.
One in ten said they have developed associated symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) as a direct result of their work in music.
Whilst extensive research has been conducted into artist mental health, this is the first survey of its kind to look at the effect working behind the scenes in music has on emotional wellbeing.
One promoter commented: “After running a festival for a couple of years, the workload this year ended up depressing me to a level that I had suicidal thoughts and thoughts of self-harm. A couple of months later I had panic attacks when thinking about starting the process again, and decided to go on hiatus instead.”
When asked if their work in promotions ever negatively affected their relationship with others; nearly four in 10 (38%) respondents said with their partner and spouse. One in five said with their family and friends. 37% said they ‘frequently’ have financial problems, which contributes feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
Commenting on the results of the survey, Ben Sebborn, co-founder and director at Skiddle, said: “The results of this survey do not make for an easy read, and it’s troubling to see that so many promoters are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.
“As well as organising a series of panel sessions to discuss the issues raised in the survey, we will also be working with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) to ensure we are industry leaders in supporting promoters and offering them the assistance they need to work happily and effectively.”