Touring and Mental Health – The Music Industry Manual


February 8, 2023

“It’s encouraging to see mental health become part of the mainstream conversation across every industry, and it’s a priority to Live Nation to help create tools for artists and crew working in live entertainment. It’s so valuable to have a resource built by people who understand the industry and unique dynamics of touring, which is why we jumped at the opportunity to support what Tamsin was building with the Touring and Mental Health manual.” Michael Rapino, CEO & President, Live Nation

“[it’s] like having a therapist in your back pocket. It helped deepen my understanding of myself as a performer and how the demands of the music business can take a toll.”  Siobhan Donaghy, Sugababes

“I wish this book had been around when I first started touring. Touring and Mental Health can really help us all navigate the darker moments and the bumps in the road out on tour. The insights, wisdom and strategies from the mental health and medical experts, the tour crew, and musicians in this book are invaluable. It should be the first thing we all pack when we head out on the road.” Philip Selway, Radiohead

Edited by psychotherapist and ex music booker Tamsin Embleton and published by Omnibus Press on 23rd March, Touring and Mental Health – The Music Industry Manual will help musicians and those working in live music to identify, process and manage the physical and psychological difficulties that can occur on the road or as a result of touring. Touring and Mental Health - The Music Industry Manual - is supported by Live Nation.

Covering topics including: emotional intelligence, depression, trauma, crisis management, anger, conflict, stress, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, group dynamics, mindset, exercise, physical health, optimal performance, diversity and inclusion, romantic relationships, nutrition, sleep science, breathwork, meditation, mental capacity, psychological safety and post-tour recovery, Touring and Mental Health – The Music Industry Manual is written by health and performing arts medicine professionals to provide robust clinical advice, cutting edge research, practical strategies and resources. Each chapter is underpinned with personal recollections from artists and professionals including Nile Rodgers, Justin Hawkins, Philip Selway, Charles Thompson, Katie Melua, Kieran Hebden, Jake Berry, Tina Farris, Taylor Hanson, Trevor Williams, Lauren Mayberry, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Digby, Neil Barnes, Stephanie Phillips, Will Young, Erol Alkan, Angie Warner, Suzi Green, Debbie Taylor and Dale ‘Opie’ Skjerseth, among others.

Praise for Touring and Mental Health – The Music Industry Manual
“This book should be a compulsory purchase for anyone who spends time on the road (or sends others out there). It can add decades to a career, give wisdom to the most exhausted mind, and offer encouragement to every burdened heart.”
James Ainscough, CEO Help Musicians UK

“The perfect book at the perfect time.” Marty Hom, tour manager for Fleetwood Mac, Shakira, Beyoncé

“A remarkable encyclopaedia of wisdom...  this impressive book needs to be read by every single artist and every single psychological worker as well.”
Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Fellow, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology

“An essential must-read for absolutely everyone involved with the music industry. At last, an honest and revelatory document that highlights the complexities with life on the road and existing as an artist in the public eye, capturing all the highs, lows and in-betweens.” Toby L, Founder Transgressive Records

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