SOUND MINDS: East Coast Music Industry Mental Health and Wellness

Since a member survey conducted in 2018 (results can be found here) ECMA has been working on the many recommended mental wellness initiatives. As of September 2022, ECMA offers its members and the Atlantic music industry several paths to approach their mental wellbeing under the “Sound Minds” Mental Wellness programs.

Our on staff licensed clinical therapist, Errin Williams, offers one-on-one counselling, as well as offering webinars over the last several years. Our peer support program has been running in Nova Scotia since 2021, with plans to expand to other regions. Not to mention, a renewed focus on mental wellness not only at our own annual event but at partner events throughout the Maritimes. See below for further details on our current initiatives.

Sound Sisters


Sound Sisters is open to women and female-identifying musicians of all ages, backgrounds, and musical genres. We celebrate diversity and value the unique perspectives and talents each member brings to our community.

This inclusive space is designed to bring together like-minded individuals who share a passion for music and a commitment to fostering each other's growth and success.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Inspire Sobriety


Whether you're a seasoned professional or just beginning your artistic journey, our group offers a safe space to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for creativity and desire for / commitment to sobriety.

Join us for Inspire Sobriety and embark on a journey of self-discovery, artistic growth, and lasting sobriety. Together, we'll paint a brighter, sober future filled with endless possibilities for artistic expression and personal transformation.



This peer support session is for parents working in the music industry. Here, we provide a safe space for musician parents to connect, share experiences, and navigate the unique challenges of juggling music careers with parenting responsibilities.

Whether you're dealing with tour schedules, studio time, or late-night gigs while caring for your little ones, this community is here to offer understanding, advice, and a harmonious blend of support. Join us to find other musician parents who truly understand the beautiful chaos of balancing your passion for music with the joys and demands of parenthood.

Queer Artist Collective


Welcome to a supportive community that embraces and celebrates the talents of LGBTQIA2+ musicians. Our peer support group offers a safe and welcoming space where queer artists might come together to share experiences, exchange ideas, and uplift one another on their musical journeys.

One on Ones


Are you looking for support in achieving mental wellness? Errin Williams, licensed clinical therapist and social worker with over 10 years of mental health counselling experience, will talk with you over the phone or video conferencing site to complete a confidential intake and come up with a plan with you to meet your wellness goals. One on one counselling is available through this program if it is determined that it would benefit you.

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