About Music for Dementia

What we are doing

Raising awareness

and understanding on a national level around the importance, role of, and need for music to be an
integral part of dementia care

We can do this

because of the robust and
developing evidence base for
music and dementia

Creating catalytic change

through influencing change makers, policy and decision makers and leaders by working across sectors

Bringing people together

With organisations and creating a collaborative movement through our Musical Care Taskforce to work towards our common goal

Providing information through our website

signposting people to the vast range of services and events available as listed on our Musical Map , as well as being a central point for the latest research, and providing general advice on how to use and make music a part of dementia care

Who are we

The Music for Dementia team is small and dynamic, with great connections to the health and care sector, the music industry, music service providers and government. Our size allows us to be flexible and agile, responding to changing needs and priorities. Great communication is key to our working style.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do. They keep us focused on our purpose:

  • Outcomes-focused
  • Catalytic
  • Collaborative
  • Opportunistic
  • Innovative

Get to know us

The Utley Foundation

The Foundation was formed in 2014 to advance social causes close to the heart of its trustees, Nicky and Neil Utley, Raja Balasuriya and Melvyn Sims. A private family charitable trust, it also acts as a catalyst for greater funding and wider action for the causes it supports.

The Foundation is particularly focused on how music can support people living with dementia. It has formed strategic partnerships with several organisations in this sphere covering a wide range of musical activities, from live music to personalised playlists. This deep interest demonstrates the Foundation’s commitment as a pioneering philanthropic financier in the sector.

We recognise that there are many excellent activities that need funding. While we welcome organisations to apply for funding, if they feel that their project fits with our grant guidelines, please note that we are not currently accepting unsolicited applications. For our application guidelines, please refer to The Utley Foundation.

How you can support us

The Music for Dementia campaign is an initiative of The Utley Foundation, which is a grant-making charitable foundation. As well as backing Music for Dementia, The Utley Foundation also makes grants to charities in the field of music and dementia from singing groups to orchestras.

If you wish, you can make a donation to one of the many charities providing direct services in the sector, such as:

Live Music Now
Playlists for Life
Music in Hospitals & Care
Manchester Camerata
Intergenerational Music Making
Orchestras Live
Nordoff Robbins
Together Project
Chiltern Music Therapy
Tibbs Dementia Foundation
Alzheimer’s Support

Please see our supporters page for other organisations we work with.

Support us today

Alternatively, if you would prefer to donate direct to the Music for Dementia campaign, please use our CAF Donate platform below.

Your donation will be used to support the delivery of music to people living with dementia, either through our grant funding work or by supporting the operation of our campaign.

If you would like to add your voice to the campaign, please visit our Join us page to find out how to become a supporter or Champion.

Thank you, from all of us at Music for Dementia and The Utley Foundation.

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