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The need to address mental health in the music industry has become too critical to ignore.


In 2019, Backline was created to provide easy access to preventative care and crisis management services for the music community.

Backline connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources–streamlining access to a network of trusted organizations and care providers that understand this line of work.

Backline is a critical connector for touring professionals who often lack the resources they need to address mental health and wellness needs on the road, and it can be accessed from anywhere. It is Backline’s mission to support our community as we navigate the challenges associated with this lifestyle.

Backline was created for the music industry, by the music industry. It is time to take action. Together, we can create a safer and more supportive environment, and preserve the music that comes from it.

Backline Care, Inc. is organized and operated as a charitable nonstock corporation under the provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law.  Backline has applied for 501(c)(3) status; Backline has not yet received a determination letter. As such, Backline has acquired a fiscal sponsor: Conscious Alliance, a 501(c)3 organization. 

Zack Borer, LMFT

Zack Borer is a Psychotherapist based in Los Angeles, CA, who provides preventative mental health support and wellness strategies to individuals working in the music industry. Zack works with artists and their support staff to enhance emotional wellbeing and to help mitigate the acute mental health crises that have become commonplace in the music business. Prior to entering the mental health field, Zack spent 10 years as a singer/songwriter.  He experienced firsthand the struggles facing artists and those who work in the music business.

 

Zack has clinical experience working in adult and teen substance abuse treatment centers as well as community health clinics. He has private practice offices in Los Angeles, CA and currently facilitates a free weekly music industry support group.

Hallie Lincoln, LMSW

Hallie Lincoln is a Psychotherapist based in Denver, CO. She holds a BS in Child Psychology from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Clinical Social Work from The University of Denver, and is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Denver Family Institute. Hallie is a clinician who uses a strengths-based approach to provide individual, group, and family therapy to clients of all ages, and from all walks of life. Before redirecting her efforts towards solely working in clinically therapeutic settings, Hallie has worked at various non-profits and has extensive experience working in case management and client care coordination.

 

Hallie has been exposed to the unique challenges and stressors faced by those in the music industry by way of numerous personal relationships, including her brother who has been a touring music industry professional for 10 years.

Dr. Chayim Newman

Dr. Chayim Newman (PhD in Clinical Psychology) ’s clinical practice, serving touring artists, crew members, and music industry professionals, focuses on the use of a variety of therapeutic modalities (CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, traditional psychotherapy) in the treatment of mental health and stress-related disorders. Having been involved in the entertainment industry for over two decades, as a touring performer, event producer, and artist liaison, Dr. Newman possesses a first-hand understanding of the unique challenges and stresses facing artists and touring personnel. He is the co-founder of the Tour Health Research Initiative (www.tourhealth.org) and a member of the Clinical Advisory Board at Backline Care, Inc. Dr. Newman also regularly delivers lectures and seminars on stress management, meditation, and mental health in the music industry.

Jennie Morton, BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology

Jennie is a Los Angeles-based Osteopath and Psychologist who specializes in the field of Performing Arts Medicine. As a former professional dancer and singer, she has a deep understanding of the challenges of the industry and helps artists to address a wide range of physical and psychological issues including injury management, vocal rehabilitation, and managing performance anxiety, as well as providing performance coaching. She is on the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Medicine Association and the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education, and provides performance-related health education to artists, music schools, and music industry professionals worldwide. She is the author of three performance-related books and numerous academic and trade articles on the subject of health in the arts.