Back Lounge will present free workshops for the live industry in association with TPG

Back Lounge will present free workshops for the live industry in association with TPG

Back Lounge founder and Tour Production Group (TPG) host, Tour Director Suzi Green (pictured), is leading a new series of free workshops for the live music industry.

Following the huge response to the Resilience Workshops in the summer of 2021, Green combines the core core areas of the TPG: sustainability, mental health and diversity for a three-part community-focused series.

Green, whose clients include Placebo, PJ Harvey and Katie Melua, is passionate about personal wellness and the broader industry, having founded the digital mental wellness support group The Back Lounge during the pandemic, as well as taking on a facilitating role with TPG, an internationally represented UK-based association of music touring professionals.

With 2022 likely to see a return to work on a large scale, she believes the time is right for meaningful education that can be applied to real-world situations.

“These are the topics on people’s radar,” says Green. “What exactly are we going to do over the next 12 months? There is no doubt for anyone working in live music that mental health, sustainability and diversity will be a real priority. We need to look at the best practices in these areas and really start to apply them. “

In order to lead the sessions, Green called on experienced professionals in the field.

The sessions are:

Roadmap for a sustainable tour on Wednesday January 19, moderated by Jamal Chalabi, host and head of the tour / production of TPG and Nathalie Candel, head of the tour / event. Following a global pandemic and COP26, many are wondering what the music industry can do for a healthier, greener world, and music fans expect their favorite artists to take action. This workshop will teach the basics of touring sustainability, from a small van tour to an arena-sized bus tour.

Better Mental Health on Tour takes place on Thursday February 17th and is hosted by Jodi Milstein, Psychotherapist from Music Industry Therapy Collective (MITC), LMFT, LPC, and Dr Arun Castro MBBS MRCEM MRCGP MPH, Physician in Performing Arts Medicine.

During the pandemic, many touring professionals realized that working conditions, tour requirements, touring culture and lifestyle factors had contributed to poor mental health. The high rates of depression, anxiety, drug addiction and suicide among touring professionals tell us that change is long overdue. This interactive workshop will examine the factors that influence our lifestyle decisions and discuss how, individually and collectively, we can improve life on tour from a mental health perspective.

The final session, to be held on Thursday, March 3, is titled How to be an ally. Global Touring Office Production and Tour Manager Keely Myers and Wellness and Diversity Specialist Joanne Croxford – both founders of TPG Diversity and Inclusion Group – will explore how the tourism industry is realizing the benefits of a diverse workforce. They will examine ways to create a safe working environment for gender minorities. This helpful presentation will ensure that your ally is well-meaning and supportive.

Green adds: “The pressure is going to be strong; we are short of crews. If we really want diversity behind the scenes and a more inclusive environment, then it all depends on how we can welcome new people. Is the tour a welcoming environment? Often this is not the case.

“Everyone knows that working in this industry is more than a job; it’s our way of life. When you go on a tour, it becomes a compartment. Mental illness, addiction awareness, the environmental impact we can avoid, our unconscious biases, these topics that we only really talk about in ways that help us make better choices as a professional community.

She concludes: “These new sessions will help us continue to build this community. It’s a discussion, ultimately, and our format invites you to ask for information, it welcomes interactions throughout and I think that’s what’s going to be valuable to people.

Each of the three sessions will take place on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. (GMT) and are free.

To reserve a seat through Eventbrite, please visit:

Roadmap for a sustainable tour, Wednesday January 19

Better mental health on tour, Thursday February 17

How to be an ally, Thursday March 3

January 7, 2022

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