Athens Business Provides Mental Health Resources for Musicians

Bob Sleppy is a man that does it all, and he has made it his life’s work to help serve others. As a UGA double dawg graduate and Nonprofit Management and Leadership online instructor, Sleppy also serves as the executive director of Nuçi’s Space. 

Nuçi’s Space is a unique nonprofit organization that provides mental health resources for local musicians. Their overall mission is to prevent suicide, and the organization advocates for and helps to alleviate the suffering for those living with brain illness and fights to end the stigma of mental illness. 

As of October 2019, Nuçis’ Space has financially assisted 2,000+ musicians, subsidized 23,000+ appointments with mental health professionals, at a cost of over $1.2 million. Relying on donations and community support, the organization is constantly seeking help from others. 

Mentioned in a recent Rolling Stone article, “veteran jam band Widespread Panic held a ticket raffle that brought in $100,000 for a suicide-prevention organization called Nuçi’s Space.” 

With experience as the director of Nuçi’s Space, Sleppy says his main goal each and every day is to inspire the students in his classroom to become just as passionate about nonprofit organizational management as he is. 

Bob Sleppy says, “Though I am from only one nonprofit organization, it’s important to me that I bring real examples of the work that I do to my classroom. How do we engage our students? How do we keep them interested in nonprofit organizational management? These are the questions I ask myself each day when I’m walking into my classroom and when I’m hard at work at Nuci’s Space.”

The Nonprofit Management and Leadership graduate certificate sets out to instruct nonprofit leaders to support and influence the direction of an organization that may be engaged in a wide range of fields, such as human services, visual and performing arts, youth sports, environmental conservation, and many other areas with which nonprofit organizations are engaged.


Learn more about UGA Online’s graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and learn from Sleppy's experience with Nuçi’s Space.