Musicians & Addiction: Research and Recovery Stories, published on June 12, 2020, presents a unique and multi-faceted overview of this perennially discussed topic. The book comprises: a summary of research on musicians and addiction; 12 excerpts from published artist autobiographies/interviews; 12 specially commissioned recovery stories; a range of professional perspectives; and tips and advice for musicians and music organisations. The book examines both celebrities and normal working musicians, across multiple genres. It looks at the full spectrum of substance abuse, dependency, alcoholism, addiction and recovery. There is a growing international consensus that we are facing a mental health crisis among musicians. This book brings the life and death nature of the addiction challenge vividly to life. CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER BELOW OR CLICK ON 'SHOP' TO ORDER THE PAPERBACK. CLICK ON THE BUTTONS BELOW FOR E-BOOKS.
This companion website provides links to the 230+ resources (books, media articles and research) cited in the book. Links are also provided to contributors' websites. Summary Figures from the book can also be downloaded in PDF format - see the 'More 'icon on the top navigation bar. See also below key organisations who support musicians with dependency issues.
The project has received media coverage in publications such as: The New York Journal of Books; Artshub; The Music Network; The Age; Sydney Morning Herald; Renew EveryDay magazine; The Tattooed Buddha ; Limelight magazine; Mirage News; and the National Tribune.
This is a non-profit project. Any surplus Music Australia earns as a publisher after costs will be re-invested back into the project and initiatives which can benefit musicians with dependency issues. The book can be purchased in a variety of ways: in paperback from this website shipped anywhere in the world; paperback from Australian book retail (Windhorse Books is our distributor); eBook via Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Tolino, Kobo and others; and paperback (cash sales) from Music Australia's offices. RRP AUD$27.50 (approx USD$19.95; GBP14.95) plus postage.
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KEY ORGANISATIONS / LINKS
SUPPORT ACT (AUS)
Support Act Wellbeing Helpline 1800 959 500.
Support Act is a charity, unique in Australia, helping artists and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.
MusiCares West Region Toll-free Help Line: 1.800.687.4227
MusiCares South Region Toll-free Help Line: 1.877.626.2748
MusiCares East Region Toll-free Help Line: 1.877.303.6962
MusiCares is a charity that has provided more than $60 million in health, financial, and rehabilitation resources to music people in times of need.
HELP MUSICIANS UK
Music Minds Matter: 0808 802 8008
Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.
ENTERTAINMENT ASSIST (AUS)
Entertainment Assist is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health in the Australian entertainment industry by commissioning research, for workplace and educational transformation and identifying support pathways for those in distress.
MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS ALLIANCE - MEAA (AUS)
The MEAA musicians section represents Australia’s professional musicians.
THE ARTS WELLBEING COLLECTIVE (AUS)
The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative that comprises a consortium of arts and cultural organisations who work together to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts, enabling the performing arts to thrive.
AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY FOR PERFORMING ARTS HEALTHCARE - ASPAH (AUS)
Aspah supports high quality holistic healthcare for performing artists in Australia.
SIMS FOUNDATION (USA)
Mental health and substance use recovery for musicians, music industry and their families.
PERFORMING ARTS MEDICINE ASSOCIATION (USA)
PAMA is an organization comprised of dedicated medical professionals, artists educators, and administrators with the common goal of improving the health care of the performing artist.
MUSIC SUPPORT (UK)
Music Support is a registered charity founded and run by people from the UK music industry, for individuals in any area of the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional and behavioural health disorders (including but not limited to alcohol and drug addiction).
BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR PERFORMING ARTS MEDICINE (BAPAM)
Delivering specialist health support to performing artists.