Sony Music Publishing Teams With Silence the Shame on Mental Health Program

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The new initiative falls under the $100 million social justice fund Sony Music launched in June of last year.

Sony Music Publishing has teamed with the mental health nonprofit Silence the Shame on a new multi-year program that aims to expand mental health resources to its songwriters and employees, it was announced Tuesday (Mar. 2).

Dubbed The Soundtrack of Mental Health, the global program -- which is part of the $100 million Sony Music Group Global social justice fund launched in June -- will offer educational trainings and support for Sony Music Publishing’s songwriters, employees and the greater music community. The first trainings under the initiative begin in April and will also be available to employees and creatives at Sony Music Entertainment.

Created by Silence the Shame founder and former music executive Shanti Das, The Soundtrack of Mental Health will offer a broad range of workshops for self-care, including coping techniques, stress and anxiety management, and a wellness curriculum for leaders. It will additionally provide trainings on mental health awareness and suicide prevention that will teach managers and employees how to spot signs of mental health crisis in colleagues.

With the new partnership, Silence the Shame has set a goal of training 10,000 creatives, musicians and executives by 2023.

“The past year has put a spotlight on how we treat mental health in our industry, and overall society – we must break the stigma and be proactive in our support,” said Sony Music Publishing chairman and CEO Jon Platt. “This partnership with Shanti and Silence the Shame will help Sony Music Publishing, and the greater music community, openly promote mental health care and create a healthier culture for songwriters and employees.”

Das added, “We are truly grateful to Jon Platt and Sony Music Publishing for this important collaboration around an issue that has often been taboo in the music industry. Our goal is to educate this community on mental wellness and to provide effective coping mechanisms, strategies and resources for healthy and productive living.”

Das founded Silence The Shame (formerly Hip-Hop Professional Foundation) in May 2016 with the goal of normalizing conversations around mental health, specifically within communities of color. Last year, the former music executive told Billboard she was inspired by her own history of mental health issues, which struck shortly after she departed her high-level job at Universal/Motown in 2009. Her subsequent appearance on Atlanta urban radio station V103 to discuss mental health issues sparked the idea for the nonprofit.

“I said people shouldn’t be afraid to speak up,” said Das at the time. “They should just silence the shame. That stuck with me and as I went home and thought about it for the next few days, I was like, ‘Man, I really need to do something with this.’”

During the pandemic, Silence the Shame launched a virtual fundraiser series, Dance to Donate, as well as an Instagram talk series entitled Yeah Wellness, which hosted artists including Ludacris, Chuck D, Estelle, Michelle Williams, Common and Swizz Beatz.

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