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Survey says musicians are more likely to frequent drinking and substance abuse

Results from the annual Music Industry Research Association (MIRA) Survey of Musicians are out. This survey is done every year in hopes of understanding the music industry a little more.
This year, MIRA surveyed 1,227 U.S. musicians about income, mental health, substance abuse and discrimination
The method of this survey was deemed informal because of the design of the survey in gathering results and low responses. This survey does not represent the music industry as a whole. 
In addition, please note that electronic music was not listed as one of the top genres played by surveyed musicians
Results by category: 

Representation and Discrimination

  • women make up 1/3 of professional musicians 
  • 72% of those women reported facing sexual discrimination 
  • 67% of those women reported facing sexual harassment 
  • 63% of non-white musicians said they faced racial discrimination 

Substance Abuse

  • surveyed musicians were 5 times more likely to have used cocaine in the last month
  • 6.5 times more likely to have used ecstasy 
  • 2.8 times more likely to have used heroin or opium
  • 2 times as likely to drink alcohol 4+ times every week

Mental Health

  • half of the musicians surveyed reported “feeling down and hopeless at least several days in the last two weeks.”
Lastly, musicians said that “artistic expression” is their favorite aspect of their career but that it still presents many challenges
What do you think of these survey results? 

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