Tackling performance anxiety: The Strad and YCAT Musicians unite for Mental Health Month

The Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) has announced that the third Musicians’ Mental Health Month in April will focus on performance anxiety. This year’s campaign is a collaboration with the Musicians’ Union (MU), the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), and Tonic Rider. Amongst the line-up of events will be an online performance anxiety workshop by Tonic Rider, facilitated by Jade Hughes, and one-to-one coaching opportunities with Marion Friend, MBE. As part of the campaign’s mission to promote year-round mental health support for musicians, the MU will be releasing free-to-access performance anxiety resources, offering guides from both clinical and coaching perspectives.

The 2024 Musicians’ Mental Health Month will run until 30 April. For more information, visit here.

As a musician, educator and music psychologist myself, I understand all too well the impact that performance anxiety can have on careers and lives, says YCAT project manager Kate Blackstone. “Recent graduates may find it difficult to know where to turn for help and advice,” she adds. That’s why YCAT is partnering with industry experts like Tonic Rider to promote new resources that will provide ongoing support for musicians struggling with performance anxiety. With workshops led by Jade Hughes and one-to-one coaching opportunities available with Marion Friend, MBE, this year’s campaign is sure to be a valuable resource for those seeking guidance in managing their anxiety levels on stage.

In addition to these events, the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) will also be providing resources related to performance anxiety throughout the month of April. These resources will include guides from both clinical and coaching perspectives, making them accessible to musicians at all stages of their careers. With so many valuable resources available during this time, there’s no better time than now for musicians to take control of their mental health and wellbeing on stage.

By Samantha Johnson

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