Music and Health Leaders Meet To Mark Two Years Since Launch of Power of Music

24.05.2024: Leaders from the worlds of music and health met to discuss the impact of the Power of Music report two years on from its launch, and to outline plans for next steps. 

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24.05.2024: Leaders from the worlds of music and health met to discuss the impact of the Power of Music report two years on from its launch, and to outline plans for next steps. 

The Power of Music report, was a collaborative project between UK Music and Music for Dementia and was launched in 2022, at the Universal HQ. The report outlined a plan for harnessing music to improve our nations health, wellbeing and communities.

Led by the Power of Music Consortium, which is made up of UK Music, NASP, The Utley Foundation, Manchester Camerata and Nordoff Robbins, the collaborative session allowed music and health leaders to discuss how to advance the role of music in health and wellbeing policies ahead of the General Election on July 4.

More than 30 representatives attended the meeting, including from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Arts for Dementia, Alzheimer’s Society, Red Grape Music, Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy, Cheltenham Festival, BPI, BAMP, Live Music Now, Care England, Dementia UK, MMF, ABO, Playlist for Life, Music for All, Music for My Mind, Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance Singing Group, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. 

UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl kicked off the meeting with an overview of the Power of Music report, highlighting key findings and the work that has been done since the report was released in April 2022.

Tom also offered an analysis of the current political landscape and position heading into the General Election. Participants were then divided into small breakout rooms for a quickfire session. Each group was tasked with agreeing on one key change they would like to see in the upcoming General Election.  

Charlotte Osborn-Forde took the floor to provide an update on the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) fund. She summarised the social prescribing landscape and reflected on the progress made over the past six months since the Power of Music fund’s announcement, emphasising the milestones achieved during its delivery phase.  

Giles Willmore presented an overview of the Manchester Camerata Centre of Excellence, detailing how the centre operates through its three main strands.  

Tom then highlighted the importance of public awareness and introduced Sarah Metcalfe from The Utley Foundation, who shared the Give It A Go campaign video. Sarah provided an overview of the campaign’s objectives and explained how individuals could support the initiative.  

A group discussion was held to explore: 

  • What are some of the biggest challenges facing our organisations? 
  • How can we work to embed music into health and wellbeing policies and strategies? 
  • What examples of positive practice or inspiring stories have we seen in the past year? 
  • How can we collaborate on broader awareness-raising initiatives about the benefits of music to health and wellbeing? 
  • Who are the people struggling most to engage with, and what are the biggest blockers to change? How can we work together to overcome these obstacles? 

This segment allowed participants to share valuable insights and strategies to tackle common challenges. 

 The Power of Music Consortium continues to meet regularly to drive forward the integration of music into health and wellbeing policies.

Find out more about the Power of Music report here

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