Dr Catherine Loveday, Cognitive Neuropsychologist at the University of Westminster, reviewed Joe Penhall’s play Mood Music exposing the psychological issues that are present in the music industry for The Psychologist.

Dr Loveday analysed the play through her own experiences in music psychology and within the music industry. She highlighted the effect that, ownership, gender inequalities and the fact that performing or composing music is personal, has on musicians.

She concluded: “It drew together serious issues around mental health, sexism, and exploitation within the music industry, as well as exploring the relevance of the deep connection between music and self. It addressed tensions around morality, ethics, ownership, creativity, and authenticity.”

This review followed Dr Loveday’s article on The Quietus with Sally-Anne Gross, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader for the MA Music Business Management, discussing mental health difficulties affecting musicians.

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