9 in 10 musicians say their mental health has deteriorated due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Young Man Playing Guitar
(Image credit: Tatiana Soares / EyeEm)

Thankfully, there has been plenty of attention paid to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the financial livelihood of music industry workers over the past year.

Less discussed, however, is the mental and emotional toll that 12 months (and counting) of no live music has taken on artists.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.