The tender “Study on the health and wellbeing of music creators” is commissioned by the Cultural Policy Unit (Directorate Culture and Creativity) of the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission. This study is being prepared by a multidisciplinary consortium composed of HIVA (the Research Institute for Work and Society) and CEH (the Centre for Environment and Health) of KU Leuven, IDEWE, and LUCA School of Arts.

The aim of the study is to gather evidence on the occupational health risks that musicians and music creators encounter, considering both physical and mental health risks and their impacts, and to carry out a mapping of existing initiatives and best practices contributing towards the education on, prevention of, and treatment of adverse health effects related to performance and music creation. By linking evidence on existing practices with findings on risks and needs, the study can identify gaps and highlight areas for further policy action and development. The ultimate aim of this study is to contribute to the continuous improvement of physical and mental well-being, health and safety of musicians and music creators.

Research unit: Music & Drama

Duration: 2021 - 2022

Funding: European Commission - Directorate Generale for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture - Directorate Culture and Creativity


  • Project leader
    KULeuven - HIVA
  • Project partners:
    LUCA School of Arts
    KULeuven - CEHA


Prof. dr. Jos De Backer

Hella Vanderjeught

Ine Clerckx