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Published on June 24th, 2024 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Sabella Reyes, LCSW Talks “Music Industry Social Worker” Specialty with Dr. Jerry Doby

Track Society

Launch of the Music Industry Social Worker Specialty

On June 28-29, 2024, the inaugural “Track Meet” event will be a significant milestone for Track Society, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit foundation, and the mental health industry, as it introduces its Music Industry Social Worker specialty. I had the privilege of interviewing Sabella “Bella” Reyes, LCSW, the Founder and Executive Director of Track Society, about this groundbreaking initiative.

Sabella, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker credentialed by the State of Texas, is leading the curation of Track Society’s Music Industry Social Worker programs. She is leveraging her membership benefits to seek consultation from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Texas Chapter, for program building and ethical practice guidance.

Conversation Highlights

How can music industry social workers support artists in the independent music community?

Bella emphasized the unique challenges faced by artists in the independent music community, including financial instability, mental health issues, and lack of industry support. She explained that music industry social workers can provide crucial support by offering counseling, crisis intervention, and advocacy services tailored to the specific needs of these artists. “Our goal is to create a support system that addresses the holistic well-being of artists,” Bella said.

How will the role of music industry social workers be integrated into the entertainment industry as a whole?

Integrating social workers into the entertainment industry requires a multi-faceted approach, according to Bella. She highlighted the importance of collaboration with industry stakeholders, including record labels, management companies, and artist collectives. “By embedding social workers within these entities, we can ensure that mental health and well-being become a priority across the board,” Bella noted. This integration aims to normalize seeking help and create a culture of support within the industry.

How can mental health support benefit individuals in the music industry?

Bella underscored the critical need for mental health support in the music industry, citing high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression among artists and industry professionals. “Mental health support can lead to improved overall well-being, increased productivity, and better creative outcomes,” she explained. Providing accessible mental health resources can help individuals navigate the pressures of the industry and sustain long-term careers.

What are the goals and vision for Track Society and the music industry social work specialization?

Track Society’s primary goal is to establish a robust framework for the Music Industry Social Worker specialty. Bella shared her vision of expanding the program nationally and creating a network of social workers dedicated to serving the music community. “We aim to set a standard for ethical practice and effective support within the music industry,” she said. The foundation also plans to conduct research and develop best practices to guide future initiatives.

Final Thoughts

My interview with Sabella “Bella” Reyes shed light on the innovative steps Track Society is taking to address the mental health and well-being of individuals in the music industry. The launch of the Music Industry Social Worker specialty represents a pioneering effort to integrate mental health support into the fabric of the entertainment industry, promising a brighter and healthier future for artists and professionals alike.

Check out the full conversation below and follow Track Society on IG @tracksociety501c3

More About the Track Society Mission

Founded by Sabella Reyes, LCSW, an empowerment guru, executive producer, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Track Society, 501c(3) is a convergence point for artistic passion and professional growth. The organization’s mission is to provide a comprehensive platform that goes beyond traditional professional development, addressing the multifaceted needs of independent music creatives and their teams.

At its core, Track Society is dedicated to creating an environment where creativity thrives, and individuals/teams can navigate the intricacies of the music industry with competence and intention.

Track Society, 501,c(3) is focused on providing the following types of resources to independent music creatives and their teams:

  • Professional Development Opportunities,
  • Advanced Educational Workshops,
  • Media & Interview Preparation Training,
  • Financial Literacy Training,
  • Career Development Planning,
  • Personal Development Coaching;  and more.

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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, Media and SEO Consultant, Journalist, Ph.D. and retired combat vet. 2023 recipient of The President's Lifetime Achievement Award. Partner at THM Media Group. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, the United States Press Agency and ForbesBLK.

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