Music for Dementia was delighted to be asked to speak at the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Music on 7 July, chaired by David Warburton MP.
Campaign Director Grace Meadows spoke to the well-attended online gathering about the Power of Music project, which is a result of the partnership between Music for Dementia and UK Music exploring what more we can be doing collectively around music to address societal issues.
At the meeting were 10 MPs or their representatives and six members of the House of Lords, plus representatives from music organisations such as UK Music, Featured Artists Coalition, Music Managers Forum, Musicians Union, and Ivors Academy.
Grace spoke about how music has helped so many during the pandemic and stressed that there is more to be done to capture its power. She explained to the group about the Power of Music Survey being part of a wider piece of work which will include a series of meeting over the summer, culminating in a report in the autumn which will contain a set of practical recommendations. This will be presented to government ministers and shared with parliamentarians and music industry professionals.
She said: “The power of music is not to be underestimated and this project feels like a very positive step forward for everyone. The partnership between Music for Dementia and UK Music is a very natural alignment and it will allow us to work cohesively across the music and health sector.”
APPG members were keen for the project to link with work being undertaken by other APPGs including those focused on classical music and music education. Watch this space for more news on those potential meetings.
UK Music Chief Executive, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, expressed his relief on the Prime Minister’s announcement of the end of COVI-19 restrictions “for the music industry and the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on the sector for work”. He also stressed the importance of putting music to the front of the post-Covid-19 economic and social recovery process.