Touring Manual

Touring Manual

Edited by MITC founder, Tamsin Embleton, Touring and Mental Health – The Music Industry Manual (Omnibus Press) is a groundbreaking health and welfare book for those who work in the live music industry. The manual combines robust clinical advice, cutting edge research, practical strategies and invaluable resources to help musicians and live music professionals identify and tackle the physical, psychological and social difficulties that can occur on the road or as a result of touring.

Named as one of Rough Trade’s books of the year 2023, the manual features chapters written by MITC therapists Whitney O’Malley (Mental Health Conversations and Crisis Response; Anger Management and Conflict Resolution), Jodi Milstein (Anger Management and Conflict Resolution, Peter Robison (Dealing with the Media), Sital Panesar (Sexual Health) and Dr. Susan D. Raeburn (Stress, Coping and Resilience; Addiction and Recovery). Contributions also came from performance psychologist Stu Holliday, and clinical psychologists Dr. Simon Rowbottom and Rosana Corbacho.

Purchase your copy from Waterstones, Rough Trade, Barnes and Noble (US), direct from the publisher Omnibus Press and from Amazon (worldwide).

The 30 chapters of the Manual cover a wide range of topics including: emotional intelligence, depression, trauma, crisis management, anger and conflict, stress, addiction (substance & process; sex & porn), eating disorders, anxiety (performance; flight; general), group dynamics, mindset, exercise, physical health (hearing; vocal; sexual; general), optimal performance, dealing with the media, diversity and inclusion, romantic relationships, nutrition, sleep science, breathwork, meditation, duty of care, mental capacity, psychological safety and post-tour recovery.

Each chapter is underpinned with personal recollections from artists and professionals including Nile Rodgers, Justin Hawkins, Philip Selway, Charles Thompson, Katie Melua, Kieran Hebden, Jake Berry, Tina Farris, Marty Hom, Taylor Hanson, Trevor Williams, Lauren Mayberry, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Digby, Will Young, Angie Warner and Dale ‘Opie’ Skjerseth, among many others.

Praise for The Music Industry Manual

‘[it’s] like having a therapist in your back pocket. It helped deepen my understanding of myself as a performer and how the demands of the music business can take a toll.’

Siobhan Donaghy, Sugababes

 

‘I wish this book had been around when I first started touring. Touring and Mental Health can really help us all navigate the darker moments and the bumps in the road out on tour. The insights, wisdom and strategies from the mental health and medical experts, the tour crew, and musicians in this book are invaluable. It should be the first thing we all pack when we head out on the road.’ 

Philip Selway, Radiohead

 

This book should be a compulsory purchase for anyone who spends time on the road (or sends others out there). It can add decades to a career, give wisdom to the most exhausted mind, and offer encouragement to every burdened heart.

James Ainscough, CEO Help Musicians UK

 

The perfect book at the perfect time.’

Marty Hom, tour manager for Fleetwood Mac, Shakira, Beyoncé

 

‘A remarkable encyclopaedia of wisdom…  this impressive book needs to be read by every single artist and every single psychological worker as well.’

Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Fellow, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology

 

An essential must-read for absolutely everyone involved with the music industry. At last, an honest and revelatory document that highlights the complexities with life on the road and existing as an artist in the public eye, capturing all the highs, lows and in-betweens.’

Toby L, Founder Transgressive Records

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