Backline x Black Mental Health Alliance
Sharing Resources to Improve Access to Quality Mental Health Services for BIPOC in the Music Industry and Support Educational Content Development, Workshops and Training Resource Enhancements
Connect with a Case Manager that Represents You
We’ve teamed up with Black Mental Health Alliance to provide culturally appropriate resources to the music industry so that we are able to refer individuals to therapists that represent them and their community.
Survey Results: Music Industry Professionals of Color
Music industry professionals of color recently completed a survey to help inform Backline x Black Mental Health Alliance in our creation of resources, services, referrals, workshops and trainings.
Key findings from this survey were:
> 65% respondents have been passed up for a job opportunity because of their race.
> 59% have been passed up for a promotion.
> 53% have been treated unjustly and unfairly because of their race.
> 89% of respondents have experienced stress/exhaustion/fatigue.
> 53% of respondents reported experiencing anxiety in the workplace.
> 29% of respondents reported experiencing depression/substance use issues in the workplace.
> 94% of respondents don’t think there are adequate mental health services for black music industry professionals and only 36% currently seek help via therapy.
This Is How I Show Up
On December 15, 2021, Backline x Black Mental Health Alliance x The Black Music Action Coalition hosted their first open forum on mental health, race, and identity in the music industry. The goal for this forum was to have honest, vulnerable conversations to build more understanding in the industry, point to culturally competent mental health resources for deeper healing, and to speak on how we show up in the world and for ourselves.
Stay tuned for information on future forums!
Music Industry Clinical Training: Understanding, Valuing and Respecting Cultural Difference
On June 24, 2021, Backline x Black Mental Health Alliance hosted their first-ever training together, “Understanding, Valuing and Respecting Cultural Difference” with Dr. Henry Gregory. The goal of this training was to create greater awareness and to gain the knowledge needed to effectively and respectfully work with clients of different cultures. This interactive training provided a safe space to examine long held racial, gender, sexual, social, religious biases and stereotypes.
This training covered three important topics:
- > History of Racism in the Music Industry
- > Know thyself – Increasing self-awareness: Learn how to become more aware of your own cultural identity and how it affects your work with clients.
- > Knowing Others – Increasing awareness of your client’s cultural identity: Learn more about how to get to know your client’s cultural identity.
- Stay tuned for information on more upcoming sessions!
Soul Sessions: A Conversation & Performance with Moorea Masa and Black Mental Health Alliance
To learn more about Black Mental Health Alliance, head to their website. Their mission is to develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and vulnerable communities.