Vice and Levi's have launched a six-part series aimed at tackling mental health in the music industry in Australia and provide utility for those in need of help.
Calling the statistics around suicides and mental health issues faced by artists in Australia ‘alarming’, the ‘Tune Up’ series was created by both brands to support music industry charity Support Act for the October’s Mental Health Awareness Month.
The series will be hosted on Vice’s music channel Noisey and will feature singer songwriters, stage managers, and agency heads like rapper Briggs, DZ Deathrays manager Maggie Collins and the Amity Affliction’s Joel Birch.
“From the crowd, working in the music industry can look like a pure dream. But the more we talk about mental health and wellbeing, the more we learn that artists, managers, roadies, and the people in their lives often find themselves facing just as much struggle as they find and face success,” said Shaad D’Souza, Australian Noisey editor.
“The hours, the expectations, the stakes, the inconsistent work, and the habits together make for a pretty tumultuous day job. Support Act do an amazing job helping navigate the hard times — with the help of Levi’s we’re thrilled to be doing our bit.”
Support Act has provided practical and financial help to artists and music workers for the past two decades. It recently launched its free, confidential Wellbeing Helpline for anyone in Australian music industry to access 24/7 telephone counseling from mental health professionals who understand the pressures of working in the music industry.
Levi’s partnered with Support Act in late 2017 and will be holding a fundraising campaign in its retail stores through October, selling local band tees from artists such as The Preatures, Vera Blue and Midnight Oil to name a few with all proceeds to benefit Support Act.