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RHIAN JONES, AUTHOR

HITS London Correspondent Rhian Jones has put the rest of us to shame by burning the midnight oil and co-authoring a book. Sound Advice—written with PhD researcher and musician Lucy Heyman and published by Shoreditch Press on 2/28—is a health-focused performance and career manual for aspiring and established musicians and those who work with them. Preorder it here

Sound Advice includes original interviews with leading researchers, health experts, executives and a host of artists, including Laura Mvula, Will Young, Imogen Heap, Wayne Hector, MNEK, Nina Nesbitt, Lauren Aquilina, Ella Eyre, Jonathan Higgs and Lady Leshurr. It also boasts quotes and advice from such successful artists as Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, Amanda Palmer, Matty Healy, Gary Numan, Billie Eilish, James Blake, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, George Ezra, Loyle Carner, Alicia Keys, Dave and Mabel.

Among those who’ve endorsed the book is Universal Music U.K. Chairman/CEO David Joseph, who says, “Guidance around health and well-being can often be overwhelming, but Sound Advice does an excellent job of cutting through the noise on this vitally important subject as well as demystifying the fundamentals of our industry. Simply put, this is a must-read for anyone starting out in music today.”

“This book is informative, accessible and, at times, highly entertaining,” offers Live Nation Europe President John Reid. “We have a responsibility to create a healthy and sustainable working environment—music is no different from any other business. Sound Advice will be a valuable asset to all those artists and executives alike trying to navigate a safe, successful and sustainable way through our world. Highly recommended!”

“I had the idea for this book after closely following the ongoing music and health conversation,” Rhian explains. “It made total sense to me for a business that is predicated on developing and nurturing the talent of creatives to prioritize the health and well-being of those creatives. If an artist gets physically or mentally sick and can’t work, the people and businesses around them lose money, so it surprised me to find out that there didn’t seem to be many—if any—sanctions in place that were there for the sole purpose of fostering an artist’s good health. And it’s been heartbreaking to witness the many premature deaths of much-loved music talents over recent years.

“As the health and music conversation has gained further traction, lots of interesting ideas have been discussed and various initiatives have launched. Still, there’s little in the way of prevention. This is where we hope Sound Advice will play a part. Education is a vital element in preventing health issues before they escalate, and we’ve aimed to provide that through a combination of research, interviews, professional advice and resources. As far as we know, there are no health-focused career guides for those working in popular music, so we aim to plug that gap while also outlining how vital good health is in the pursuit of a happy and therefore ultimately successful life.”

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