With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, both politicians and health officials alike are reminding people that social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation.
In an effort to reinforce the importance of community and help curb some of the anxiety being felt in the music industry, Backline co-founder and clinical director Zack Borer (LMFT) and THRIV (Tour Health Research Initiative) co-founder Dr. Chayim Newman is hosting an online support group today (Tuesday, March 17) for artists, performers and people in the music industry, including agency, management, labels, promotion, etc.
“In times of uncertainty, the natural human reaction is a spike in anxiety and panic,” Dr. Newman told BeatRoute. “One thing that helps moderate that anxiety is community, the reminder that we’re not alone in it. And the music community is facing a unique and added layer of uncertainty, as the livelihood and raison d’etre of so many are linked to live performance and touring, which has been shut down worldwide for maybe the first time in history. Humans are hard-wired as social beings. When we lean into that, it can lower our anxiety and help us to move easier through the upheaval.
Dr. Newman is aware that no intervention is going to eliminate the anxiety but stresses that talking about it helps. “As does focusing on that which we can control, which is one of the things we hope to address in the groups.”
Full details and information on how to participate can be found below:
“Come Together: COVID-19 Crisis” support group will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17) at 6PM ET / 3PM PT for ARTISTS + INDUSTRY (label, management, agents, promoters). For Tuesday’s meeting, download zoom and click here to join: vevo.zoom.us/j/564438600 or visit https://vevo.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 564 438 600. To join from a dial-in phone line: +1-646-876-9923 or +1-312-626-6799.
Backline is a hub for music industry professionals and their families to quickly and easily access mental health and wellness resources. These “Come Together: COVID-19 Crisis” support groups will aim to address the anxieties associated with the virus and its effects on the music industry, while providing information and resources, and support during this difficult time. At the end of the meeting, Dr. Newman will lead a group meditation.
“If these groups are well-received and are providing benefit to the music community, we hope to continue to run them over the duration of the quarantine or until the music industry ramps back up again once this crisis is ultimately navigated,” Dr. Newman says.