Starting this week, Songwriter Assistance will offer 24/7 counselling support via global hotlines, as well as ongoing counselling services for emotional health matters such as stress, anxiety, depression, and family/relationship challenges.

It follows the launch of the Artists Assistance programme by Sony Music. In a letter to SMP's songwriters and composers announcing the programme, Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO, said: “We are committed to providing you with services that matter. The importance of wellness cannot be overstated, and with Songwriter Assistance, we look forward to offering a whole new level of care and support.” Kudos to Sony for recognising mental health as the critical issue it is for music creators. Via Sony Music Publishing