Selector PRO 2021: Mental health in music industry

An Interview by Sally-Anne Gross, published by British Council Ukraine

To get a record deal, release new music, connect with fans, make some videos, plan tours: that’s the dream for thousands of artists. Get to this point and you’re living the dream, right? Sadly, that’s not always the case. The working conditions and pressures of the music industry can often leave people dealing with anxiety, depression, impostor syndrome and other conditions. The mental health of those working in the music business has become even more important during the turbulent times brought on by the pandemic.

During the open interview with Sally Anne Gross you will find out… – can music really make you sick? – what are the key mental health issues in the music industry? – why success can become a burden. – how to consider the mental health of your artist / band members


Selector PRO 2021 is organised by the British Council in the partnership with Music Export Ukraine.

Sally-Anne Gross


Sally-Anne Gross is both a music industry practitioner and an academic. In 1993 she was the first women to work as a director of Artist & Repertoire at Mercury Records UK, and she chaired the first ever panel on gender in the music industries at ‘In The City’ music conference in Manchester. Sally-Anne has been working in the music industry for nearly three decades, as an artist manager, record label director and international business affairs consultant. In her current role at the University of Westminster, she is the program director of the MA Music Business Management where she teaches Intellectual Property and Copyright Management, Artist & Repertoire and Music Development. In 2016 she founded ‘Let’s Change the Record’ a project that focuses on bridging the gender divide in music production by running inclusive audio engineering and song-writing workshops for people identifying as women or non-binary. Sally-Anne is the co-author of ‘Can Music Make You Sick’ the largest ever study into mental health in the music industry that was funded by the charity Help Musicians UK and published in November 2017. She is interested in working practices in the music industries and the conditions of digital labour and specifically how they impact on questions of diversity and equality. Sally-Anne has four grown up children all of whom work one way or another with music, and although she always identifies as a ‘native’ Londoner, she actually lives in North Hertfordshire.


21 February 2021
Published By
British Council Ukraine
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