Simmons & Simmons assists Help Musicians UK with new mental health initiative

05 Dec 2017

Britain's largest independent music charity launches Music Minds Matter

The firm has assisted pro bono client Help Musicians UK to negotiate a supply of services contract for the operation of a new support service called 'Music Minds Matter'. The new service which was launched on 4 December 2017, and will support individuals in the music industry with mental health issues.

Help Musicians UK is Britain's largest independent music charity and has served the industry for almost 100 years. The charity has identified a mental health crisis in the industry which inspired them to initiate a unique Mental Health Fund with an investment starting at £100,000.

Music Minds Matter is the industry's most comprehensive service yet. The initiative links advice, signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services to Help Musicians UK's traditional grants for musicians in need.

David Williams, Partner at Simmons & Simmons (and Trustee of Help Musicians UK) comments: "We are delighted to assist HMUK on this important project. Mental health is a major issue in society at large, and the music industry is no exception to that. I am very proud to have been able to get this initiative up and running, and very grateful to all of my colleagues for lending their support."

Richard Robinson, Chief Executive of Help Musicians UK, commented: "Simmons & Simmons support and advice in shaping this new 24/7 mental health service was totally invaluable. Quite simply, without them we would never have launched on our target date on 4 December.

The Music Minds Matter will undoubtedly change lives and the response we've had from the music industry has been inspirational. Help Musicians UK is delighted to have a partner like Simmons & Simmons to make this transformational service a reality."

Simmons & Simmons Partners, David Williams and Jocelyn Ormond led a cross-departmental team on the advice.

Click here to listen to a FT podcast on the initiative.

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