Ian Davis, Melanie Fiona and Devi Brown
Screenshot from Be Well: An Immersive Mental Wellness Workshop
Learn How To Navigate Mental Health In The Be Well: Immersive Mental Wellness Workshop
As part of our Mental Health Awareness Month 2021 programming, a month-long lineup of events to encourage musicians and those in the music industry to prioritize their mental health, MusiCares recently partnered with Amazon Music and the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective (BMC) to present Be Well, an immersive mental wellness workshop.
In partnership with Silence the Shame, a nonprofit focused on education and awareness around mental health, and Creative Vibes Only, a resource platform aimed at providing tools to artists, creatives and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their wellness, brands and careers, Be Well offered a mental wellness experience to help folks navigate depression with mindful resources to be well.
The nearly two-hour event featured conversations and practice with Shanti Das, Devi Brown and Melanie Fiona, along with music by four-time GRAMMY-winning, multi-genre artist, Robert Glasper.
"We've all been through so much over the last year, from being separated from loved ones due to the pandemic to social unrest and police brutality. It's been a lot, and it's more important than ever that we're talking about and taking care of our mental health," Harvey Mason jr., the Recording Academy's newly appointed President and CEO, said during the intro of the event.
"I encourage you all to take advantage of the resources discussed today and to never feel ashamed or afraid to get the help you need," he said of the Be Well event.
"Mental wellness is something that we as a music industry continue to take for granted," Riggs Morales, senior vice president of A&R at Atlantic Records and Chair of the BMC, added. "We would associate it with folks having some sort of mental issues or weakness when, in fact, no one is exempt from dealing with what life throws at us and how we handle it … Now more than ever, it's super important that we check in on each other to ensure that the human being is in tact in order for the creatives to do his or her [job] and reflect through their art."
Be Well, an extension of the BMC, in conjunction with MusiCares, that addresses wellness on all fronts, was born out of the tumultuous past year. The Be Well event aimed to address some of those experiences while offering resources to help music industry professionals continue to face real-world issues and situations.
Watch the Be Well: An Immersive Mental Wellness Workshop virtual event in full above to learn more about how you can get on the path to being well.