Sony Music Entertainment is expanding on its Artist Forward program that launched in June, with a new initiative covering mental health services for its artist roster. This new service includes a“Legacy unrecouped balance program” which dismisses unrecouped balances of artists and songwriters signed to Sony prior to 2000 that have not received advances since , allowing them to collect royalties. The program is meant to be the most artist-friendly program to date by supporting creatives in different stages of their career. The newly launched, Artist Assistance, will give Sony artists free, confidential counseling services from licensed therapists in over 70 languages to address issues such as anxiety, grief, and depression. With a larger goal towards sparking further awareness among domestic artists that they are eligible for health care access and retirement services through Sony Music’s affiliations with artist organizations.
Artists Forward program senior VP Susan Moultrie, will oversee the offerings under the program, including providing newly-signed artists with resources and expanded information on mental health support. Sony is also planning on expanding its resources for answering artists’ questions around payments, earning statements, and the data behind the label’s artist portal.
This program is a great way for artists who are struggling with mental health to receive the support that they need.