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

The Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and the Musicians’ Union (MU) have teamed up with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and Tonic Rider to launch a campaign for the third Musicians’ Mental Health Month in April. The month-long initiative will focus on performance anxiety, with events including an online workshop by Tonic Rider, facilitated by Jade Hughes, and one-to-one coaching opportunities with Marion Friend, MBE.

“As a musician, educator, and music psychologist myself, I understand the impact that performance anxiety can have on careers and lives,” says YCAT project manager Kate Blackstone. “Recent graduates may struggle to know where to turn for help and advice, so I’m thrilled that we at YCAT are partnering with industry experts to promote new resources that will provide ongoing support.”

The MU will also be releasing free-to-access performance anxiety resources throughout the campaign, offering guides from both clinical and coaching perspectives. The 2024 Musicians’ Mental Health Month runs until 30 April. For more information about the campaign or to access its resources, visit here.

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