Christine Brown Appointed as Executive Director of Music for Mental WealthJanuary 17th, 2019
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Brown as our Executive Director.
Christine will be responsible for devising our strategy and leading the growth and development of our work in providing one-to-one coaching, group workshops and other prevention pathways for people working in music.
She will work alongside our Founder, Laura Westcott, in the role of Director of Partnerships, Head Coach and Facilitator Stewart Lane and Coach and Mentor Claire Horseman.
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.
Welcoming the appointment, Laura Westcott, Founder and Director of Partnerships, said “Christine is a powerhouse! She brought mental health to the forefront of the music industry’s attention after pioneering a research study that showed 71.1% of musicians suffered from panic attacks/anxiety, and 68.5% from depression.
Her passion for championing mental health issues, in the UK and globally, combined with her extensive knowledge of the music and charity sectors makes her an invaluable asset to MMW. We are excited to bring her on board to scale our work around the prevention of mental health problems across the music industry”.
Christine Brown added “MMW has been doing amazing work around prevention and I am privileged to step into the role of Executive Director to take Laura’s vision forward and work with the team to develop and promote this crucial area of mental health education and support.
I have had the pleasure of working with many passionate, committed and inspirational individuals and organisations across the globe. I’m looking forward to continuing conversations, collaborating and working in partnership, both in this new role and in other projects and initiatives I’ll be developing, in order to create a healthier music industry.”
About Music for Mental Wealth
Formed in May 2017, Music For Mental Wealth (MMW) is dedicated to the prevention and relief of mental health problems in the music industry through one-to-one coaching, workshops and unique music events.
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. 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.Tags: Christine Brown, Coaching for musicians, Mental Health, Music for Mental Wealth
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