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ABOUT SOUND ADVICE

Are you interested in learning how to cultivate sustainable success in the popular music industry whilst prioritising your health? If so, this book is for you. Inside you’ll find research-informed advice and information that aims to help musicians, as well as those that work with them, navigate their way through what can be a challenging and demanding industry. 

This book covers the mental and physical health problems research suggests musicians might come up against and offers lots of tools and techniques to help aid prevention. You'll also find information about the structure of the industry, money management, and how to improve your skills as a performer, creator, and CEO of your career. 

Expect original interviews with leading researchers, health experts, business execs and a host of artists including Laura Mvula, Will Young, Imogen Heap, Wayne Hector, MNEK, Nina Nesbitt, Lauren Aquilina, Ella Eyre, Jonathan Higgs, Lady Leshurr, and many others. 

You'll also find quotes and advice from a long list of established artists like Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Amanda Palmer, Matty Healy, Gary Numan, Billie Eilish, James Blake, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, George Ezra, Loyle Carner, Alicia Keys, Dave, and Mabel.

Widely supported by some of the biggest companies in the music business, Sound Advice is the ultimate industry-backed guide for both seasoned professionals and those just starting their career. It has been produced with the generous support of Live Nation, Universal Music UK, Sony Music UK, Warner Music UK, IFPI, Spotify, Hipgnosis Songs, Vevo, PRS for Music, Polydor Records, and PPL.

Reviews

“Guidance around health and wellbeing can often be overwhelming but Sound Advice does an excellent job of cutting through the noise on this vitally important subject as well as demystifying the fundamentals of our industry. Simply put, this is a must-read for anyone starting out in music today."

David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK

“An important and sobering look behind the curtain of the archaic, mythical ‘rock and roll lifestyle’ and the effect it has on the mind, body and soul.”

Jonathan Higgs, Everything Everything

Sound Advice is a very accessible, comprehensive book which brings together key messages about how to sustain a healthy and successful career in music, illustrated by stories from musicians who have experienced and worked through some of the challenges.Delighted to see these important health messages embedded in a guide to success. This is essential reading for anyone developing a career in music.”

Claire Cordeaux, BAPAM Director

“In a business of pitfalls, this book feels like a ladder.”

Wayne Hector, ASCAP, BRIT, and Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter

“I wish I’d had this book when I was just starting out as an artist and songwriter. The music industry is complicated and no one teaches you how to navigate through all of the different parts of it. Sound Advice really covers everything in a way that’s digestible and accessible, and even after being in this industry for ten years,I still learned new things!”

Lauren Aquilina, singer and songwriter

Sound Advice is a hugely needed resource for helping to deal with the incredible pressure to do great work and succeed in our business.”

Merck Mercuriadis, founder and CEO of Hipgnosis Songs

Sound Advice combines up to date, practical career information with straight-talking discussion about many unwelcome companions to a career in music — the mental and emotional pitfalls, how to avoid them, or how to get help if you do fall in to the pit. Read this book — it might save your life one day.”

Matt Thomas, co-founder of Music Support

“This book is informative, accessible, and, at times, highly entertaining. We have a responsibility to create a healthy and sustainable working environment - music is no different to any other business. Sound Advice will be a valuable asset to all those artists and executives alike, trying to navigate a safe, successful and sustainable way through our world. Highly recommended!”

John Reid, President of Live Nation Europe

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

RHIAN JONES

Rhian Jones is a respected journalist who specialises in writing about the music business. Titles she regularly contributes to include The Guardian, Music Business Worldwide, and Hits Daily Double. Born into a family of musicians, Rhian studied music at college before training as a journalist after realising performing was not her forte. She started her professional career at trade title Music Week, rising through the ranks to news editor, before embarking on a full-time freelance career in 2015. Other titles where you’ll find her byline include The Independent, Vice, The Sunday Telegraph, and Billboard. This is her first book and proudest work to date.

LUCY HEYMAN

Lucy Heyman is a vocal and performance coach and one of the UK’s leading specialists in the health and wellbeing support of commercial recording artists. She studied music at Bristol University and holds an MSc in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music, where she now conducts research for a PhD. Lucy is the founder of industry health and wellbeing consultancy, Elevate, and host and creator of the health-focused Elevate Music Podcast, with guests including Imogen Heap, Miles Kane, Nina Nesbitt, and more. She is a member of the BRIT Award Voting Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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