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Robbie Williams becomes first Music Support patron

By | Published on Monday 10 July 2017

Robbie Williams

Music industry addiction and mental health support charity Music Support has announced its first patron, in the form of Robbie Williams.

“This is such a timely undertaking and I am very happy to be its first patron”, says Williams in a statement.

Music Support co-founder Andy Franks adds: “I was overwhelmed when Tim Clark [of ie:music, which manages Williams] called to say Robbie had agreed to act as patron for Music Support. We are incredibly grateful and honoured. Having Robbie on board will help bring Music Support to the attention of so many more people who may need our services, and to raise the funds to allow us to provide those services”.

Franks previously worked as Williams’ tour manager. The singer’s late co-manager David Enthoven, the co-founder of ie:musicĀ who died last year, was also a supporter of the new charity, having previously personally helped a number of artists tackling addiction.

As previously reported, Music Support is offering a physical presence back stage at a number of major festivals this year, in addition to its existing helpline, in conjunction with Live Nation. The ‘Safe Tents’ aim to provide “places of refuge for people working at the event who need a break from intense backstage pressures and demands in a stimulant-free environment”.