Tour Health Research Initiative
The past few years have highlighted mental health as a critical issue in the live music industry, but we’re still in the dark when it comes to real data about the conditions and effects of living our lives on the road.
The Tour Health Research Initiative (THRIV) was launched by a very small team of psychologists, researchers, and touring professionals who are committed to the development of scientific, evidence-based strategies to improve the health and mental health of touring artists and crew members. We believe that the foundation of all effective change and health improvement is scientific research and a data-driven approach, allowing for the development of scientific, evidence-based strategies to improve the health and mental health of touring artists and crew members.
THRIV’s inaugural study, The Touring Health and Wellness Survey, launched prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, collected data from over 1,000 touring professionals to better understand the factors impacting physical and mental health within the touring industry.
Touring Health and Wellness Survey Results
reported suffering from clinical levels of depression vs. 7% for the general population
reported drinking alcohol regularly
reported having lost a tour
colleague to suicide
reported serious suicidal ideation (either a previous suicide attempt or considering
suicide within the past year and formulating a plan for how to do it) vs. 4% for the general population
therapy even-monthly (or more often)
Mental health issues among international touring professionals in the music industry
– Journal of Psychiatric Research, January 2022