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Implementing Findings Musicians in brass bands, from youth to championship section, should have access to support for their mental health as a matter of course and with more knowledge and access to information and training, this kind of support could help boost brass bands and mean less players leave the movement due to pressures and anxiety developed as a direct consequence of brass bands. Performance anxiety is an expected normality within the performing arts industry but in line with comments to this survey, musicians in brass bands would benefit from access to supportive training and workshops in nerves and performance anxiety, especially with respect to the contest stage. Contest organisations such as Kapitol Promotions, Butlins Mineworkers and the British Open Brass Band Championships, to name just a few, could play a strong supportive role by investing in the mental health and welfare of competing musicians, officials and volunteers, through support information on performance anxiety on websites and band information packs prior to contests and calm and quiet zones on contest days. Brass bands and organisations within the brass band movement would benefit from both being more mental health aware in order to reduce cases of mental ill health in musicians, conductors, management and volunteers as a direct consequence of brass bands and bands would benefit from having a designated mental health champion or first aider in their membership. This person would be the first point of contact for any mental health issues and have training to have:     

an understanding of common mental health issues ability to spot signs of mental health issues skills to support positive wellbeing confidence to support a person in distress knowledge to help guide someone to further support

All brass band musicians should have easy access to specifically developed mental health in brass band support information, available to any individual online, via download, printed material and workshops. Social media support groups and on-line workshops are also an accessible way to support brass musicians as well as peer-to-peer and one-to-one support sessions. Every brass band musician has the right to feel supported and confident in the bandroom and on stage so creating awareness and understanding in brass bands will enhance this. 29

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