Episode 33: Backline for Mental Health with Kendall and Hallie

Taraleigh and Leah chat with Backline co-founders Hallie Lincoln and Hallie Kendall Corso about the role Backline is playing in providing mental health and wellness resources for the music industry. Hallie and Kendall talk about the inspiration for Backline after two big names in the music industry lost their life to death by suicide, shining a light on the depth of need in this unique community. We talk about the intention and focus of Backline in supporting artists and music professionals through all steps of the mental health and wellness journey. Also touched on is how covid has impacted and increased the needs for the music community and how Backline is helping to meet those needs, as well as their focus on being more inclusive and socially conscious to all music industry professionals. Lastly, listeners can learn how funding has shifted since covid and how you can support the artists you love in caring for themselves. For the “Did you Know,” Leah shares statistics on mental health in the music industry and why the need is so great. Taraleigh offers a quick and easy way to show your appreciation in the “Daily Jam.”

Kendall Corso has worked in the music industry for 10 years, holding various roles in production, management, marketing, and media with Live For Live Music, 11E1EVEN Group, Mempho Music Festival, and more. Her contributions to the scene culminated in 2019 with the co-creation of Backline, the music industry’s mental health and wellness resource hub—drawing from both personal and collective experiences with the unique challenges that come from working in music. She currently serves as the Wellness Advisor to the organization, bringing in partnerships with mindfulness apps and holistic products in hopes of breaking down financial barriers between this community and finding their own wellness journey.


Backline is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources. We want to build a safer and more supportive music industry by helping our community access quality mental health care providers that understand this line of work.


Hallie Lincoln, LCSW, is a Psychotherapist based in Denver, CO, and is a Co-Founder of Backline. She holds a BS in Child Psychology from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Clinical Social Work from The University of Denver, and postgraduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Hallie is a clinician who uses a strengths-based, friendly, and inclusive approach to provide individual, couples, and family therapy to clients of all ages, and from all walks of life. Before redirecting her efforts towards working in private practice, Hallie worked at various non-profits and has extensive experience working in case management and client care coordination.


Hallie has been exposed to the unique challenges and stressors faced by those in the music industry first by way of her brother, a touring music industry professional, and now is the Director of Backline’s Case Management program and treats clients from the music industry in her private practice.

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