Music performance anxiety can be experienced by professional musicians of any age, experience or ability.
Anxiety around performing can range from mild ‘pre-show nerves’ to overwhelming anxiousness causing problematic psychological and physical symptoms that negatively effect performance. Some musicians may attempt to alleviate symptoms with unhelpful coping strategies which may actually heighten this anxiety.
Below we have split our 'Music Performance Anxiety' zine into screens for more information on anxiety and techniques that can help you to deal with it. A full PDF version of the zine is available for download at the end of this blog as well as a fillable pre-performance check in sheet.
While I am vocal about my anxiety and what I need to help me get through an episode of any intensity, other people may not be able to express they are anxious or even show signs that they are struggling. The best thing you can do is be kind, and be patient. That will often lead to someone feeling comfortable enough to communicate better what they are feeling, and their needs at the time.
Download the full zine below (PDF format).
You can also find lots of helpful videos on our YouTube channel dealing with anxiety.
If you are experiencing anxiety and work in the music industry, you may like to attend one of our FREE online Peer Support Groups. Anxiety is often discussed within these groups, which are facilitated by psychotherapists/counsellors with a background working in the music industry. Alongside this, if you would like to learn new skills to support a colleague who is experiencing anxiety, you may like to attend some of our training courses: Mental Health First Aid / Suicide First Aid Lite / Mental Health Awareness in the Music Industry. All of which, address the topic of anxiety.
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