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Mental health in the gig economy

16 April 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

Sally Anne Gross and Dr George Musgrave are co-authors of the book :"Well- Being and Mental Health in the Gig Economy", which discusses the the need to consider the future of work not only from an economic or employment law perspective but from a mental health one too.

The research presented in this book is based upon their groundbreaking study project into mental health issues in the music industry, titled "Can Music Make You Sick?".

In particular it asks the question, what are the psychological implications of precarious work and how are factors such as financial instability, the feedback economy and personal relationships reflected in mental health outcomes or connected to the business relationships most musicians and other gig economy participants work under?

The research consider which policy measures may help or harm gig economy workers including the taxation of self-employed workers, a universal basic income, education around mental health issues and access to mental health support. 

This is a co-event with the Open University Psychological Society: https://www.oups.org.uk

Please note: the deadline for registration is the 9th of April 2019.


The British Psychological Society
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Dr George Musgrave is an academic and co-author of the largest ever study into the relationship between the working conditions of the music industry and the mental health/well-being of musicians – ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ The groundbreaking two-part study explores how the contemporary experience of competitive precarity might be harmful to musicians. 

He is also a rapper signed to Sony/EMI/ATV. Referred to as “middle England’s poet Laureate” by BBC Radio 1Xtra’s MistaJam, He worked with Mike Skinner of The Streets on his single ‘Small Town Lad Sentiments’, has been supported by Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Plan B, and has performed on stages such Reading and Leeds Festivals and Wireless.

Sally Anne Gross has been working in the music industry for nearly three decades now, as an artist manager, record label director and head of business affairs.

She is a principle lecturer and the program director of the MA Music Business Management at the University of Westminster.

Sally and her researcher partner George Musgrave are responsible for largest ever research project into mental health issues in the music industry, titled ‘Can Music Make You Sick’ which was funded by the charity Help Musicians UK and published in November 2017. 

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