Musician Resilience

Artists: Katherine Zeserson, Nicola Naismith

Series: Creative Thinktanks

Ideas explored: improving musicians' health and wellbeing

There is a growing body of robust research evidence supporting the claim that the arts are positive for our health and wellbeing. If the arts are positive for participants, then so too should they be for the creative practitioners delivering them.

This Creative Thinktank builds on Nicola Naismith’s 2019 report Artists Practising Well which recognises that practitioners, commissioners, organisational leaders, funders and policy-makers all have roles to play in the health and wellbeing of creative practitioners, supporting them to make and facilitate best quality work.

Co-created by Nicola Naismith and Katherine Zeserson, the event will bring together leading researchers, policy-makers, clinicians, practitioners and other stakeholders to consider musician resilience within the field of arts, health and wellbeing. In particular, it will explore:

  • What do musicians need to do their best work in the field of music for health/wellbeing?
  • What are the conditions necessary for musician resilience to thrive?
  • Who has responsibility for musician wellbeing?
  • What do CEOs/commissioners/producers/settings need to hear/know?
  • How do we build the best partnerships between musicians and producers/commissioners?
  • How can we work together to ensure musicians are invited into decision making processes?
  • How do we ensure that the musician has a voice in the development of socially engaged practice?
  • How could working with co-creation / co-production models facilitate practitioner resilience?

For more information, contact Jess Chapman –

“If the arts are positive for participants, so too should they be for creative practitioners delivering them.”