This research project was initiated in response to Support ACT's goals of establishing a baseline for the mental health and wellbeing of people working in the music and live performing arts sectors in 2022. The Centre for Social Impact was engaged to conduct this research between January and May 2022, through an online survey of 1304 people working in music and live performing arts.
The aim of this research was to:
- Provide an updated picture of the mental health and wellbeing of people working in music and live performing arts in Australia, including the factors that are currently impacting people’s work and lives (such as COVID-19); and
- To identify the kinds of supports or services that are making a difference or may be needed.
- A high proportion of people working in music and live performing arts are currently experiencing high or very high levels of distress and are continuing to feel the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their livelihoods and lives.
- More than half of participants had used alcohol or drugs to help with the stress they had experienced over the last two years, and a quarter had struggled to cut down or stop their substance use.
- The main types of negative impacts participants identified from the COVID-19 pandemic included impacts to their social contact and mental health, as well as reduced income, increased financial stress, and disrupted career development or job loss.
- Higher proportions of creatives/performers and production/technical workers reported losing their job/s, reductions in their income or increased financial stress than management/administrative workers, who more commonly had permanent employment.