Local musicians invited to discuss mental health, creativity and careers

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Local musicians invited to discuss mental health, creativity and careers

As part of a week of educational events in Victoria for World Mental Health Day, APRA AMCOS, along with Music Victoria, is expanding its well-received discussion series on mental health and the creative mind with events in Geelong and Ballarat.

Tom Larkin, mental health advocate and drummer for internationally renowned band Shihad, will host a frank discussion about the inherent challenges – and rewards – of a music career.

Larkin has become a thoughtful spokesperson on the topic of mental health and the notion of the ‘tortured artist’.

A regular on industry panels and recently appearing on The Project, Larkin says, “Building a strong career in music is a journey fraught with personal, financial and creative risk. From sustaining an enterprise, to self-care and dealing with conflict and uncertainty, artists and their teams can often neglect putting in place an effective, healthy creative process that ensures delivering strong songs and performances. Together with APRA AMCOS I want to explore new models for building the kind of environment and the strategies required to be artistically effective for the long term.”

Also on hand each evening to highlight upcoming industry initiatives and opportunities will be APRA AMCOS Representative Jenny Branagan and Music Victoria’s all-round legend, booker and band manager Shaun Adams.

When & Where: The Barwon Club, Geelong – Monday October 9 from 6pm & Karova Lounge, Ballarat – Tuesday October 10 from 6pm.

Free entry