Minding Creative Minds (MCM), Ireland’s first 24/7 well-being support programme for the Irish Music community launched in June for artists, songwriters, music managers  and event sector personnel has announced that it is extending it services to cover the entire music industry and their loved ones.

“We are now thrilled to open up Minding Creative Minds (MCM) to the entire music sector with immediate effect. Whatever your role within the music sector, we are here for you.  For example; are you a musician, artist, songwriter, artist manager, event production crew, work in music PR, marketing, event management, music admin or live venue staff?  If you or someone you know in this sector is in need of emotional support or someone to talk with about financial, career or legal matters please log onto mindingcreativeminds.ie”

Minding Creative Minds (MCM) had hoped to open its programme to the full music sector by its first anniversary in June 2021, but is expanding its services nine months ahead of our original schedule due to the success of Songs From An Empty Room

“We are delighted to announce the expansion of Minding Creative Minds which will give all musicians and people involved in all sectors of the Irish Music Sector the opportunity to mind their mental wellbeing and be able to contact qualified counsellors and experts in different fields such as financial planning, legal and career matters enabling expert advice and helping to manage personal issues they might be facing. Working in collaboration with our partner organisations we can now provide a credible support structure for the entire sector.” said founder Dave Reid.

The Minding Creative Minds funding partners are First Fortnight (Lead Partner), IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation), IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association), MCD Productions, RAAP (Recorded Artists, Actors & Performers), Universal Music Ireland and the BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland)

There has been a substantial uptake of users during the first three months of the Minding Creative Minds programme with 40% seeking mental health consultation, 37% wanted practical advice (career guidance, financial assistance, legal assistance and life coaching).

55% of those who have contacted the MCM are women. 47% of MCM’s users are based in Dublin, over 10% in Munster, 12%+ from Connacht, 5% from Ulster with people as far away as London also contacting the service.

Visit mindingcreativeminds.ie for more info