Mental health, repression and Iberoamerica on SIM 2019's last day of conference

On this Saturday, December 7th, the last day of conference program in São Paulo’s International Music Week started approaching mental health in the music market, with Music Industry Therapist Collective as a special guest on the panel “Mental health - we need to talk about it”. Mediated by the journalist Fabiane Pereira, the artists Tiê, Juliana Strassacapa and Mateo, next to producer Dudu Borges and psychiatrist Marcelo Altenfelder, took their personal experiences to the debate, bringing different treatments: from the classic allopathy to the ancestral shamanism.

The pressure of work and people in the music market and how this mirrors, not only in the professionals’ mental health, but also in the creations and results, were debated during the panel. Dudu Borges talked about the responsibility of working with names that on top of the charts and the need of dosing a little better the expectations of success and not forgetting the importance of being close to family, friends, daily life things that bring joy and happiness. The singer Tiê also mentioned the pressure on numbers as a trigger to handle some moments of her career. Juliana Strassacapa commented on how important is to learn to say “no” and give things some time, while her band mate Mateo shared his strategy of doing a little bit per day to reduce the anxiety. 

Raphael Vandystadt, head of Institutional and Sustainability Relations at Africa agency, presents the results of Algorithm of Life. The project that, since February of 2019, looks for depressions symptoms on social media to help prevent suicide, has already detected almost 300 thousand mentions that potentially use the language of depression and offer professional support to the identified profile. 

Discussing “How to fight cultural repression”, André Naves (Federal Public Defender), Augusto Botelho (Defense Institute of Defense Law), Camilo Rocha (journalist), Mayara Silva (lawyer) occupied Sala LabSonica to talk about contemporary ways of repression and how to defend from them in the justice. “Repression is not the classical way we used to see, from that licenser crossing the songs”, commented André Naves. “Sometimes repression is the budget containment or even when governs manipulate people’s conscience and the same ones applaud repression”, he said. “When we talk about repression, we’re still talking about white culture. When is with black culture, we talk about criminalization. Let it be with capoeira, samba or, now, funk”, pointed Mayara Silva. 

But what to do in the case of repression? “Before anything else, record and register everything. And a police report.”, indicated Augusto Botelho. “Meeting good promoters that are concerned with law’s representation is like winning the lottery, and one of the problems of the justice system is the lack of access to it, mainly in the small cities”, he said. “The mobilization in small cities is really important”, suggested Mayara. “It is essential that we start thinking about articulations and access international mechanisms of report, that generate repercussion. Even that there are no penalties for the government, there are embarrassment” suggested.

At Sala Conecta Sympla, the panel “DATA SIM: music venues share their worksheets” counted with representatives of music venues, like Arthur Amaral (Casa do Mancha/SP), Filipe Giraknob (Aparelho/RJ), Guilherme Netto (Agulha/RS), Junior Carvalho (Grupo Vegas/SP), Leticia Rezende Ferreira (Laboratório 96/MG) and Vince De Mira (Commons Studio Bar/BA). The talk was mediated by Dani Ribas (DATA SIM). 

With participation of Merlijn Poolman, Night Council of Groningen (Netherlands), and having as a starting point the DATA SIM research, “São Paulo’s music market: part I - live music spaces" (2018), the discussion was deepened with data brought by representatives of venues from other regions. “The role of a night council if very important, for making a connection between public power, music venues and audience, as well as enabling the night scene and proving that it moves the economy of the cities” explained Merlijn.

At Sala LabSonica, the panel “SIM Transforma: music in conflict zones” gathered names of areas so distinct like Caxias do Sul, Natal and the outskirts of São Paulo to discuss actions involving music to promote the breakage of social and geographic barriers, besides social transformation. Mediated by Murilo Muraah (Fábricas de Cultura/Poiesis) and participation of Marabu (artista/SP), Chiquinho Divilas (Festival música de rua/RS), Jomardo Jomas (Festival Música Alimento da Alma – MADA/RN) and Kaneda Mukhtar (Asfixia Social/SP), the panel brought up important questions like the significance of bringing musical and entertainment program to public schools and decreasing the distance of culture and information access. 

“We are one of the most violent and unequal countries in the world. We need to pass the message that generates a positive impact and that stimulates local collectives to produce its own art, specially among the youngest”, affirmed Kaneda. “Our fight is for guns and books to arrive before drugs”, completed. “Our role as cultural producers is to diminish this distance and make it get to people”, affirmed Jomas. 

Murabu defended the technical development to change the structure and increase the artists’ income. “The artistic side is fundamental, but the professionalization is essential. Is important that people know how to transform the things you do into work. Knowing to price your own work, look for the best and cheapest equipment, etc.

Sala Labsonica also welcomed the panel “Iberoamerican, meeting territories and possible connections”, with António Miguel Guimarães (Portugal Maior), Andrés González (Circulart/Colombia), Eulícia Esteves (Funarte/Brazil), Felipe França Gonzalez (Fronteira Difusa/SP), Ibone Iza Aranguren (BIME PRO e Last Tour/Spain), Marc Lloret (Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic/Spain), Pedro Azevedo (MIL/Portugal), Soco Collado (A.R.T.E. - Sounds From Spain/Spain).

With the diversity of territories, people and languages, the panel provided to everyone listening a vision on markets and opportunities in each region. “In Portugal the govern decided to boost: pulling the creativity, because with it comes business. It’s an artistic vision before the economic”, revealed Antônio Miguel. “We want to use music as a factor of mutual attraction, investing to establish better cultural and artistic connections with other countries, like Brazil and the portuguese participation in SIM São Paulo”, completed.

Soco Collado indicated a spanish return in collaborative operations: “In 2008, the crisis made the spanish government cut 60% of the culture investment. And I think that, partly, only now the spanish people are looking outside again, thinking in more connections with their neighbors.”. Pedro Azevedo reinforced the cooperation among iberian countries: “I see the spanish territories as a place of opportunities. I’m doing a festival in Portugal that will have 30 spanish bands. That’s a lot.”.

“It’s important that agents and artists start to expand their spaces. Take part on conventions, meetings, events, establishing closer, more trustful relationships, create bonds”, suggested Andrés González. “It’s essential to visit and get to know these countries closer and how their market works”, completed the mediator, Felipe Gonzalez.

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