Manatt Entertainment partner Michael Rexford spoke with Billboard, Celebrity Access and Variety on the recent launch of Tour Support, a new division of LightHopeLife that provides mental health support for the touring community. Tour Support is backed by music industry heavyweights Live Nation, Friends at Work, WME, John Legend, Steve Aoki, MARINA, Grace VanderWaal and Rick Springfield, among others.
“Mental illness has long been relegated to the dark, unseen recesses of society, and isolation is the worst thing that someone who is struggling with feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and any number of other troubling feelings or conditions can experience, which only exacerbates the underlying problems,” said Rexford. “My own experience with suicidal ideation, combined with my longstanding involvement in the music industry and my time as a volunteer suicide prevention crisis line counselor, made it clear to me that I was uniquely positioned to bring a level of attention and impact to this crushing problem.”
The articles also mentioned that Rexford is the founder and CEO of LightHopeLife, a nonprofit suicide prevention and awareness foundation.