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Industry Insights: Debunking the tortured artist myth w/ Denise Devenish

25th July 2024

7.30 pm BST

£8.30 or free for sustainer & soulmate members

Saffron’s monthly workshops are part of the Saffron Members Club, but non-members who are women, non-binary people, trans or gender non-conforming folks may also purchase a ticket.


“When an artist is well, they will create better art.”

Denise Devenish is a counsellor who is passionate about supporting musicians to thrive, grow and create better. In Saffron’s next Industry Insights workshop she will be discussing some of the unique challenges those working within the music industry face, examining findings from the biggest research study into musicians’ mental health. She will talk about how mental health issues may present and the different types of support available, with particular consideration given to the experience of being a gender minority and mother in the industry.

For those interested in working with a therapist to support their music practice, she will look at the importance of different therapeutic approaches and modalities to support you in finding a therapeutic alliance that works for you. This will be an interactive workshop and discussion, in which participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their responses to these topics, so it’s worth joining live if you can!


Denise is a therapist running her own private practice, working exclusively with musicians and those working in the music industry. Growing up in a family steeped in music and having spent time touring as a singer, Denise has seen the unique highs and lows working in music can entail from both a personal and professional perspective. On a mission to raise awareness about the mental health issues the industry faces, Denise talks publicly about ways to prevent crisis and support that’s available. She has spoken on panels and delivered workshops for The Ivor’s Academy, SoundCloud and The London Jazz Festival, and has written published articles for PRS and The Musicians Union. Denise works with major record labels and for independents too, and for leading charities ‘Help Musicians UK’ and ‘The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine’ on the Music Minds Matter project. 


We never want money to be a barrier to people accessing music tech, so if you are unable to afford a ticket but believe you would benefit from attending these workshops, please email us on

Workshops are open to people worldwide, but will be running at 7.30 pm GMT so please bear differences in time zone in mind. If you purchase a ticket but are unable to attend live, you will automatically be emailed a recording of the workshop(s) after the event.

We are committed to making our online events as accessible as possible. We have created a guidance document about this – Click here to view the accessibility document. Alternatively, please email us with any access requirements you may have:


The gender imbalance in the music technology industry is well-recognised. While we are absolutely not ‘anti-men’, we see that a shorter-term solution is to provide fellowship and learning environments that are not dominated by the cisgender male perspective. Therefore, these workshops are intended for women, non-binary, trans and gender non-conforming people to attend. While we do not ban cisgender men