Building A Healthy Touring Model

Mar 13, 2023

4:00pm – 5:00pm CT

Touring can be a rewarding experience and important revenue stream for performing artists, but the demands of careers in live music can also contribute to mental health decline. Research shows that musicians and crew suffer much more frequently with anxiety, depression and suicidality than the general population. This panel combines specialist clinical expertise, research findings and touring professionals to present a healthy touring model. We discuss what makes touring stressful, the impact of cumulative stress and why some people suffer more than others. Then we move on to solutions - how to develop individual and collective resilience, strategies to implement pre/during/post tour and why the industry should become trauma-informed.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Arun Castro

Roadie Medic (Uk)

Ryan Dusick

The Missing Peace Center For Anxiety

Tamsin Embleton

Music Industry Therapist Collective

Susan Raeburn

Performing Arts Medicine Association


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