Launched in May 2017, Music for Mental Wealth is a community interest company dedicated to the prevention and relief of mental health problems in the music industry.
Our mission is to prevent tragedies from occurring by addressing the root issues before they spiral out of control. We also help people after they have received professional treatment, such as counselling and therapy, to build their confidence and return to careers in the industry.
Our main focus is to help musicians and creative professionals build emotional resilience to the highs and lows of an unpredictable and often ruthless industry through a programme of workshops, one-to-one coaching and other techniques on how to deal with stress, low self esteem and anxiety.
While there are a stream of excellent services offering help at the point of crisis, we believe that people at risk should be protected against ever reaching this crisis point in the first place.
For more information about our services visit: Coaching & workshops
Christine Brown – Executive Director
With an early career at Decca Records and a nine-year tenure at music charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK), where she rose up the ranks from a temp to Director of External Affairs, Christine has a wealth of experience within the music industry.
Whilst at HMUK, she was at the heart of some of the organisation’s most transformational projects and initiatives including the Agenda 2021 strategy, the launch of the Northern Ireland office and the formation of Women in Music NI, the first UK chapter of the global organisation Women in Music.
In late 2016, Christine spearheaded the ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ academic study, the largest research into mental health in the music industry and in 2017, she led the most successful campaign in HMUK’s history, ‘Music Minds Matter’, with both attracting global headlines. This success continued with the launch and delivery of the ‘Music Minds Matter’ 24/7 support line and service for people working in music. She is a passionate mental health campaigner and advocate for change across the industry and has spoken at conferences across the UK and internationally.
She has a Music degree from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she also was Choral Scholar and trained as a classical singer.
Laura Westcott – Founder & Director
Laura is a classically trained musician with first-hand experience of stage fright and anxiety. She suffered unnecessarily for years before experiencing the transformational benefits of mental health coaching. Laura is very passionate about the prevention of such issues happening to others, and is the reason she created Music for Mental Wealth.
Laura is also the Founder of Soundcheque Ltd running Nationwide “themed” songwriting competitions and concerts to raise funds and awareness for charities and non-profits.
She is also the Founder of Sound for Sight charity that raises awareness of preventable blindness conditions through unique live music events to an audience wearing sight loss simulators.
She is the former PR manager and reviewer for The Times newspaper and Content Editor for News Corp in New York. Laura is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has a BA Hons in music.
Laura and MMW lead facilitator Stewart Lane have provided content for a mental well-being app. They have also collaborated with sleep science advisor and sound architect Tom Middleton on YouTube’s most popular channel for relaxing music and released a guided deep sleep meditation using Laura’s voice, Stewart’s script and Tom’s psychoacoustic treatments.
Laura is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a singer in the London Philharmonic Choir and has a BA Hons in music.
Stewart Lane – Lead Coach & Lead Facilitator
Stewart is a coach, consultant trainer and facilitator with a background in the music industry as a composer and performer. Stewart has a Diploma in Performance Coaching from Newcastle University and has nearly twenty years experience working with visionary entrepreneurs, creatives and leaders.
He was the Personal Development Training Manager for the Charity, Training For Life and Training Programmes Director for 3C Partners. He has designed and delivered bespoke training programmes for numerous organisations
and businesses, including: the national Every Child Matters initiative (TDA), National College of School Leadership and The Talent Foundation in conjunction with the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office developing cognitive behavioural psychology based coaching methodologies for use in large organisations (BT and Customs & Excise), and numerous London Boroughs (Brent, Hackney, Southwark, Tower Hamlets).
He has also designed and run training courses for charities such as:- Crisis, The Transitional Spaces project, St Mungos and Business Action On Homelessness.
In 2017, Stewart was commissioned by the producers of the cognitive ability enhancement app, Brainwell, to design content and compose music for their sister app Mindwell (coming soon).
Stewart produced over 250 guides and meditations (using his and Laura’s voices) to support users in improving their mental and physical well-being based on his experience as a life and performance coach.
Claire Horseman – Coach & Mentor
Claire has spent her entire career in the music industry starting out on reception of a small independent record company and working her way up through Sony Music before landing the Managing Director role at Coda Music Agency.
Claire was featured in Music Week’s “Most Influential Women in Music” and has worked with many artists such as Calvin Harris,
Mark Ronson, Faithless, Groove Armada and Jamiroquai, and has first-hand knowledge of the challenges that face people in the music industry today.
In 2017 and after 4 1/2 years at Coda, she decided to leave to pursue her passion of helping and supporting individuals and organisations within the entertainment industry and beyond. She believes she can equip future leaders through coaching and has a particular interest in working with middle management.
Claire is now qualifying with her ILM Level 5 Certificate. She is also an England Netball Coach.