Policy

Power of Music 

Power of Music is a collaborative project between UK Music and Music For Dementia, which aims to demonstrate how music can play more of a role in improving health and wellbeing.  

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Power of Music is a collaborative project between UK Music and Music For Dementia, which aims to demonstrate how music can play more of a role in improving health and wellbeing.

In recent years there has been increasing evidence to show the power that music can have in supporting those with a variety of conditions including dementia, depression, autism and those in need of end-of-life support.

The project began with a music, social health industry-wide roundtable discussion. Among those who attended the online event were DCMS Minister Caroline Dinenage MP, then Health Minister Nadine Dorries MP, UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Music for Dementia Campaign Director Grace Meadows, and representatives from Arts Council England, National Health Service, National Care Forum and the Alzheimer’s Society, among others.

A nationwide survey was then conducted, which saw over 200 respondents, share their views, with the aim to a set of clear recommendations.

The results of the survey and recommendations were then published in the Power of Music report, which can be read here.

The report has been created to amplify – to government, business and the general public – how music can be used to improve the lives of those dealing with illnesses such as dementia, depression, and other debilitating conditions.

At a time when health and social care services remain under intense pressure, it demonstrates how the use of music can support staff, create financial savings and help to achieve improved health and care outcomes.

Crucially, the report outlines a series of ambitious but achievable recommendations which can be quickly implemented to deliver positive change.

The Power of Music report sets out four key recommendations:

  • The appointment of the UK’s first Power of Music Commissioner to champion and coordinate all the work in this area – setting up a new Government taskforce and a Life With Music Consortium to spearhead positive change.
  • A major public awareness campaign to show how the power of music can change lives, improve health and bring communities together – supported by a new online information platform, development of which is being led by Universal Music UK.
  • Support frontline workers by providing better training on the role of music in health and care – in particular by establishing an accessible training module to help practitioners understand how best to use music as part of the care they provide in their work setting.
  • Extra funding to help make music accessible to all delivered by new investment partnerships between Government, industry and philanthropists.

If you would like to read more about our asks to Government read our Manifesto for Music.

At the end of 2023 we published an update to the report on how the work was progressing, which can be read here.