The Young Classical Artists Trust (ICAT) 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. Among the series of events will be an online workshop on performance anxiety by Tonic Ryder, led by Jade Hughes, and the opportunity for one-to-one coaching with Marion Friend, MBE. As part of the campaign’s mission to promote year-round mental health support for musicians, MU will publish free performance anxiety resources, offering guides from both a clinical and coaching perspective.

Kate Blackstone, ICAT Project Manager, spoke about her personal experience as a musician and music psychologist. She understands firsthand how performance anxiety can negatively impact careers and lives. “Recent graduates may find it difficult to know where to turn for help and advice,” she said. “That’s why I’m proud that we at ICAT are working with industry experts to provide new resources that will offer ongoing support.”

The Musicians’ Mental Health Month 2024 will run from April 1st to April 30th. For more information on the events and resources available, visit here.

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