The projects, launched on 8th November at the offices of Universal Music UK, are linked to recommendations of last year’s Power of Music report which among its recommendations called for investment in music programmes for the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia.
Power of Music Fund gives grassroots dementia choirs and music groups the opportunity to apply for small grants to cover basic costs, like room hire, travel and refreshments. There will also be one larger grant of £500,000, available for a new Centre of Excellence. The fund was kickstarted by a one million pound donation from The Utley Foundation, along with support from Arts Council England, Music for All and donations from members of the public.
Applications for the grants open on 22nd November, and close on 22nd December 2023. To find out more about the application process visit the National Academy for Social Prescribing.
Also introduced was The Music Can online platform, which aims to help people living with dementia, their carers and musicians to feel confident about using music as part of their care. The website, spearheaded by Universal Music UK and developed by Boston Consulting Group, includes a directory of support, playlists, music activities and advice.