Fort Collins Music Association and The Colorado Sound come together to present In Tune, a safe space for creatives to open up about mental health. This is just the beginning of the conversation with the hope it’s a continual series. In Tune is at The Lyric on September 23 at 6 pm. Snacks, a film, an open forum discussion with a few local musicians who have gone through their own struggles with mental health, moderated by Spencer Townshend Hughes who leads a musician mental health meet up.
Matthew Fritz, Executive Director of Fort Collins Music Association says, “A musician is always on, they are in the spotlight, I think many people from the outside see musicians as all must be a great lifestyle right? They get to see the world and they get to play music their heart is a party all the time. I mean that’s part of it but there’s a lot more that goes into it that’s can be detrimental to it sometimes.”
Spencer hosted the first Fort Collins mental health meet up at FoCoMx and felt such a big need for something bigger to attract and support creatives that are struggling and build a community of support and resources for everyone.
Why do creatives need this? Fritz says, “It’s not comfortable to talk about. Society tells you to suppress that because you need to and so we want to bring it out. Drug and alcohol abuse is prevalent in musicians. A musician might perform on a Tuesday. People who buy the tickets they come to party. They come to have a good time. They expect a fantastic show. But as a musician, it could be your sixth one in a row and you are like you just can’t do it again.”
There are a lot of difficult trials about the rock-and-roll lifestyle, being center stage, and working hard to master your craft. In Tune is a platform to build a support system and bring awareness to issues that people struggling with and unify the musicians in the community to be a network for each other. Sharing issues so creatives do not feel bad for needing help, or having a hard time. In tune will be a resource in every way it can be. The event will shed light on issues that linger around in the darkness.
“This is something that doesn’t just get solved in one setting,” Matthew says. “People filter through our community. It is our goal to continue it beyond one time. On what basis we’re not quite sure yet. We’ve had a lot of suicides in our community with musicians this past year alone and hopefully, the least we could do is just let people know about resources and that the problems are valid and we are talking about it. Right?”
In Tune, a conversation about music in mental health is open to anyone, music is the focus of this first because FoCoMa recognizes the need in the Fort Collins music community right now. If they can save a life or help bring joy to someone, then that is the goal. Perhaps it will evolve it to an even wider conversation and bring in other creative sectors because they are constantly in the spotlight and giving themselves in very vulnerable ways.