Artist wellbeing drop-ins new for The Great Escape 2019

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Heading to The Great Escape later this week? Help Musicians UK is hosting a space to support artists through private drop-in sessions and workshops led by industry professionals.

The Help Musicians Artist Hub, which runs in Brighton from 9 to 11 May, aims to address obstacles directly affecting professional musicians at all stages of their careers. Located at The Projects in Ship Street, it has been created specifically for artists performing at The Great Escape and Alt Escape.

Help Musicians staff will be on hand to answer and signpost artists’ health and welfare questions and creative funding needs. The team are fully equipped to assist and offer direction on topics ranging from mental and physical health, to debt and counselling, therapy, physio and hearing health.

The hub will also welcome guest speakers including Great Escape headliners Elder Island and their manager Ross Patel in conversation, Speech Debelle and Natalie Price from Arts Council England, Tom Eagle from The Musicians’ Union, vocal coach Lucy Heyman, Claire Cordeaux from British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, and Fiona Butterworth from The Musicians Hearing Service.

Each expert will provide dedicated information sessions covering their respective specialist subjects across Thursday and Friday afternoons.

As well as providing information-led sessions, the space will also act as base for musicians to get away from the hustle.

The charity welcomes all performing artists to take advantage of the Living Room to find some useful advice or support while recharging or preparing for their next gig.

Claire Gevaux, director of programme, Help Musicians UK, said: ‘As a charity that reacts to the needs of the music sector, we understand the pressures that can come from working in music and how this affects musicians’ health, wellbeing and creativity.

‘The Help Musicians Artist Hub brings together all these needs in one relaxed learning space and offers artists performing at The Great Escape and Alt Escape some time out to be empowered with knowledge and feel better equipped for success in their careers and life.’

For the full programme, see https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/assets/files/tge_schedule_1.pdf