Backline and the Neal Casal Music Foundation announce The Neal Casal Fellowship for 2022-2023

The music industry is such a colorful and exciting world to get into. For one, you get to rub elbows with the biggest names, and get invited to massive parties. Then there’s the screaming fans, concert venues, and record stores that’ll scream your name because you’re just so amazing. But amidst all the glitz and dreamy lifestyle, the core of it all is artistry. That desire to share your thoughts and stories through lyrics and tune. It’s a craft just like how artisan bakers bake their bread, or glass blowers create one-of-a-kind glassworks sold in high end stores. 

They give it their all, their heart, mind, and soul for the love of what they do. Which is great and all, but just like the Spicegirls 1997 hit “Too Much” would say “Too Much Of Something Is Bad Enough”.  You can hurt yourself while doing a thing you love, and Backline and The Neal Casal Foundation are aware of that. Providing a safety net and that much needed helping hand to those afflicted with mental health in the music industry together with their families. 

While coming from different backgrounds, with Backline being a national nonprofit organization catering to connecting music industry professionals and their families to trusted mental health and wellness providers. Whilst Neil Casal Music Foundation (NCMF), also a nonprofit but one who as quoted from their website focuses on “inspiring future musicians and bring mental health support to musicians already on the path”. Both joined forces this time around to wrangle mental illness by its horns through The Neal Casal Fellowship 2022- 2023.  

Announced last August 26th this came as a bittersweet triumph because this also marked the death anniversary of Neil Casal, who took his life 3 years ago. While there’s that cloudy backdrop that exists, this opportunity designed for individuals who completed a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or social work currently enrolled in an accredited counseling/ social work program, allows a new breed of mental health advocates to join the good fight waged in the music battlefield. This is an effort to protect the music industry and those they love, against the clutches of the dark side of the mind. To shed light, in times of darkness, and lifeline to those who are slipping into the abyss.

While the application process has already passed, and training is currently ongoing. There are still ways we can help and take part in all this in our little ways regardless of our expertise. The vital thing is that you have to heart to care and time to spare. For more information, head on over to Backline and The Neil Casal Music Foundation (NCMF) official websites. 

Illustrator and writer who loves music, arts and pop culture as a whole.
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Illustrator and writer who loves music, arts and pop culture as a whole.

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