We’re thrilled to be welcoming Tonic Music For Mental Health as our chosen charity for the beer festival this May. With the issue of mental health finally coming to the fore of public discussion with the help of many charities and initiatives such as Tonic, we’re pleased to have them on board. With your help in the games room we hope to help them raise some important funds towards continuing their excellent work.
Tonic Music for Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation based in the South-Coast of England. They established in June 2012 with Terry Hall (The Specials) and Kevin Cummins (Music Photographer) are both Tonic patrons.
Tonic raises awareness and challenges the stigma often associated with mental illness through music and art based events and activities in association with an array of established and local artists and venues.
Music workshops, gigs, art groups and community projects take place throughout the year. All music and art workshops they facilitate are free, open to all and take place in established music venues. Music workshops help build confidence and self esteem, giving an opportunity for all participants to perform at a music gig. Art groups create artwork for Tonic gigs, free art hidden around Cities & festivals for people to find and keep, Zines, music inspired beermats, crafts, stencil, graffiti & street art, mindfulness colouring books, thought provoking affirmations & more. Weekly art & music groups take place at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.
Tonic financially supports musicians and artists experiencing mental illness through funding art and music projects that serve to promote individual recovery and provide a route to enabling the individual to earn an income from their craft. Projects include funding an EP for band The High Wire Act and paying for an art space and start up costs for project In A Bind. Tonic also financially supports musicians and artists plan, run & facilitate music and art groups.
Tonic’s most recent campaign is to purchase instruments for all NHS psychiatric hospitals across the UK to help aid individual recovery through music.
Tonic also provides voluntary and work experience opportunities for creative people who have direct experience of mental illness.
Tonic does not receive grants or funding – they are totally independent. All money is raised through fundraising activities, organising events and participating in various festivals, street markets, gigs and community events.
In October 2013 they organised a sell out show (1500 people) at Portsmouth Pyramids with an impressive lineup including Terry Hall (The Specials), From The Jam, Dub Pistols, Parlour Flames (Bonehead’s new band), The Lambrettas and compared by Eddie Piller. Throughout 2014 &2015, they organised numerous music gigs (including Little Barrie, Dub Pistols, Fay Hallam to name a few), free music workshops, community art groups, free art projects and have taken part in local events including Victorious Festival &The IOW Scooter Rally to raise awareness of mental health, promote the work we do and raise funds.
In June 2016 they are collaborating with Southsea Sound (Albert Rd) to provide two free eight-week music courses for people with experience of mental health issues. The first group “Girls to the Front” will be a woman’s group to build confidence, receive tuition, teaching and talks from radial female musicians and industry professionals. The second group will be a mixed.
To keep up-to-date with Tonic please visit: https://www.facebook.com/TonicMusicForMentalHealth/