With the recent launch of the ‘National Academy for Social Prescribing’ and the ‘Thriving Communities Fund’, new strategic partnerships are bringing together NHS England, Sport England, Natural England, the Office for Civil Society, the Money & Pensions Service and NHS Charities. Many arts and music organisations are also finding a place in this new collaborative ecosystem.
Although the idea that music can enhance the life experience supporting a general sense of wellbeing is not new, evidence of the beneficial effect of music on, for example, clinical care and mental health is now widely accepted. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has 3039 evidence papers covering everything from ‘Music for Insomnia’ to ‘Using Prescribed Music to Enhance the Quality of Life for People with Dementia and Their Carer’.
‘The Impact of Music on Health and Wellbeing’ seminar looks at current best practice in ‘Arts and Health’ and explores how music can best support the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation.