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About Listen Up Music

Listen Up Music is a registered mental health and music charity.

We exist to to empower every musician and music industry professional (MIP) to develop and maintain positive mental health.. We run events and services that build community, facilitate storytelling and promote positive mental health.

Our Story

Listen Up Music was founded by Ali Taylor and Hank Paul, born out of a passion for music and mental health.

Ali and his family have a lived experience of suicide and he has made it his life’s work to combat the stigma and provide a meaningful impact in people’s lives through the power of music.

Although it had been operating under a different name for a number of years, Listen Up Music was officially formed in 2018 .

Known for The Songwriting Prize (Australia’s only dedicated mental health songwriting competition), Torch Fest and our Mental Health Music Course, we have made a positive impact on the face of mental health all across Australia and the UK.

Our Mission


Here at Listen Up Music, our mission is to build community, facilitate storytelling and promote positive mental health through the power of music.

Through events such as The Songwriting Prize, and providing services that educate and equip individuals, music will always be at the core of what we do.

Get Support:

Support Act: 1300 731 303 • Lifeline: 13 11 14