Over Half of Hong Kong Musicians Suffer From Depression

Over Half of Hong Kong Musicians Suffer From Depression, Survey Says

According to a survey released by Musicians Foundations on Monday, June 27, about 55% of Hong Kong musicians suffered from anxiety and depression in the last 12 months, while 11% had suicidal thoughts because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The music charity, which was created to provide support and relief for music industry personnel, collected data from Hong Kong’s music industry workers from June 11-21. Among the participants are music teachers, singers, drummers, bassists, audio and lighting engineers, and music promoters.

Nearly 42% of the respondents said they plan to return to the music industry if things get better in the future, while 39.6% said they plan to look for non-music-related jobs to make ends meet.

The survey also found one-third of Hong Kong music workers had left the city after more than 560 days of being unable to work due to live entertainment restrictions.

Prior to the pandemic, Hong Kong’s music industry already went through a severe disruption caused by the social unrest in 2019, which led to many music events being cancelled.

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