Tune Ups: Support Act announces video series on mental health in the music industry

The conversation around mental health – especially in the music industry – has never been more important.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw industries around the world shut down for the majority of 2020, and it is fair to say not many have been hit as hard as the music industry, and those that rely on it thriving to get by.

That’s why the second release of Tune Ups, a video series focusing on mental health from the perspective of some Australian music heroes, is so important right now.

The series has been put together by music industry charity Support Act, and it is their hard work – not only through 2020, but across the music industry for more than two decades that ensures this series is in the best hands.

The seven-part series features some of our favourite music industry heavyweights including The Teskey BrothersBrendon Love, country artist Fanny Lumsden, rising superstar G Flip, hip hop powerhouses Ziggy Ramo and Barkaa, Frontier Touring’s Tour Director Sahara Herald, and legendary roadie Howard ‘Weird’ Freeman.

The series goes deep into each person’s raw and deeply personal mental health
journeys, what it took to take control of their own wellbeing, and what they do now to stay on track.

Now more than ever we need to ensure that conversations around mental health
happen publicly and regularly, especially in the music industry which sees alarming
rates of mental illness persisting. The Tune Ups content series is not to sensationalise, but to show people they are not alone and that there is support available.

Clive Miller, CEO Support Act

For those who might not know, Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. As well as raising much-needed funds and implementing important education and training programs, they also run a music industry-focused wellbeing hotline available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Tune Ups Episode Guide:

Thursday 4 MarchBrendon Love, The Teskey Brothers
Thursday 11 March – G Flip
Thursday 18 March – Howard Freeman, Roadie & Co-Founder of CrewCare
Thursday 25 March Barkaa
Thursday 1 April – Fanny Lumsden
Thursday 8 April – Ziggy Ramo
Thursday 15 April – Sahara Herald, Tour Director of Frontier Touring

Support Act’s Tune Ups series will release a new episode every week. You can find out more information about the series, and find all the current episodes, here.