Music on my Mind

Music on my Mind

Our Music on my Mind campaign is now done! Absolutely STOKED to announce that we've raised a total of $18,750 for mental health charities Beyond Blue, Support Act and Black Dog Institute! HUGE thanks to all those who donated their time, skills, money or helped us spread the word :) Here's a little recap of the Music on my Mind: Rave for Mental Health. Stay tuned for more from Music on my Mind!


During Mental Health Awareness month this October, electronic music website Rave Reviewz is launching MUSIC ON MY MIND - a music and mental health campaign with the aim of raising funds and awareness of mental health issues in the public AND music community. We hope you can support the cause!


Around 45 percent of people in Australia will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, approximately 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety. Rates are even higher in musicians, who are almost seven times as likely to have thought about suicide in the past 12 months in comparison to the general population, and are twice as likely to attempt to take their own lives.

Some of the factors that contribute to these high rates include erratic sleep patterns, performance anxiety, hectic touring schedules, easy access to alcohol and drugs, uncertain income and lack of recognition - or for the very successful; the intense scrutiny that comes with fame.

Mental health is an issue close to our hearts at Rave Reviewz, since our founder Dr Kamran Ahmed is a psychiatrist who became aware of the high rates of mental health problems in musicians when he started working in the music industry. So we often ask about mental health when we interview DJs, but decided that we should do more.

The mental health benefits of music are well known; people listen to music to regulate their mood, and music therapy is used as part of the treatment for depression, autism, schizophrenia, dementia, agitation, anxiety, sleeplessness and substance misuse.

Music is also a great way to raise awareness of mental health issues, to tackle the stigma that surrounds them and to raise money so charities can continue their great work. So we’re launching a music and mental health campaign - ‘MUSIC ON MY MIND’.


With the help of a grant from City of Sydney, we’ll be raising funds for three mental health charities supporting the public and music community specifically:

Support Act helps artists and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, a mental health problem, injury or some other crisis.

beyondblue aims to equip everyone in Australia with the knowledge and skills to achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Black Dog Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by depression, bipolar disorder and suicide.


We’re teaming up with some of Sydney’s biggest electronic music brands to raise money for our chosen charities with the MUSIC ON MY MIND dress-up rave on Friday 19th October at Oxford Art Factory! ALL profits from the event will be going to the superstar charities we’re supporting.


Bringing together the colourful magic of Return to Rio, the mystery and wonder of Subsonic Music and the raw underground vibes of Blueprint Entertainment and 43 Degrees records, we promise to bring you an experience to remember.

Each crew will be playing a 1 hour set on the night, featuring some of the finest house & techno DJs in Sydney. The dress-up theme for this rave will be ‘SHARE THE JOURNEY’, which is also the theme for Mental Health Awareness month. Interpret this how you choose… a journey through space? A magical journey? A journey through time? Get creative!



Throughout October, we’ll be raising awareness of issues related to mental health and music and tackling the stigma that surrounds mental health conditions.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for our daily posts on music and mental health.


We are grateful for the support from all these fantastic organisations with this initiative:

Afters / ALLFRIENDS / Attic / Bare Essentials / Bassic Records / Bermuda Club / Bizarre Haberdashery / Borough / By Your Side / Canvas / Church of Techno / City of Sydney / Compass Events / Cruise Control / Days Like This / Decoded Magazine / Deep House Yoga Project / Deep Seahorse Podcast / Deeper Than House / Division Agency / Don't Kill My Vibe / Dopamine / Dresscode / Earthlings Collective / Echo Music Australia / Eclipse Music / Electronic Music Conference / Friday Records / IDWT / Ignite / Keep Sydney Open / Kiltr Sessions / Let The People Dance / Momentum / Monos / Move for Mood / Motif / MusicNSW / Norti Vikings / NSW Health / PACE / Party Merchants / Paul Strange Presents / Porridge / Roots / SASH / Social Bewegung / Something Else / Spektrum / Standout Media / Summerlove / Summit DJs / Sutra / Sydney's Eyes / The Studio / T1000 events / This / Xposed Media / Zoo

If you’d like to become a supporter or for any other matter related to Music on my Mind, please get in touch with us on Thank you.