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Robbie Williams becomes first Music Support patron

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Robbie Williams is to become the first ever patron of Music Support, a charity providing help for music industry professionals suffering from alcoholism, addiction and mental health issues.

Williams, who has worked through his own issues in this area, follows in the footsteps of his late manager David Enthoven, the first vocal supporter of the charity.

Music Support was founded in April 2016 by industry veterans Andy Franks (previously Williams’ tour manager) and Matt Thomas, musician Mark Richardson, Samantha Parker and addiction treatment expert Johan Sorensen.

Initially a peer support helpline where callers could speak to someone within the sector who had experience of the caller’s issues, the service then expanded to provide signposting to appropriate outside professional help such as therapists, psychiatrists and residential treatment centers.

Since then, callers have received services ranging from a much needed empathetic and friendly ear, to professional help from a counsellor, therapist or psychiatrist, plus residential treatment.

These services have, up until now, been funded by the client. However, it is a short term ambition for the charity to be able to provide needs and means tested scholarships and discounted or free treatment from a network of incredibly supportive professionals and treatment centres.

This summer, in conjunction with Festival Republic, and with the support of the BRIT Trust, the charity is providing Safe Tents at a number of UK festivals.

These alcohol and drug free areas welcome artists, festival staff and crew, who can pop in for a chat with an experienced professional.

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Remaining Safe Tent schedule:

13 – 16 July Latitude Festival
19 – 20 August V Festival – Weston Park/Chelmsford
25 – 27 August Reading/Leeds Festival

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