Music and Wellbeing links

This page hosts a collection of links to organisations that are involved in the use of music to enhance wellbeing. They include organisations involved in providing music therapy and/ or music care. The list is by no means exhaustive, it is largely UK biased as this is my realm of expertise, so if you know of an organisation that you feel should be listed the feel free to Contact Me with details.

UK-based organisations

  • British Association For Music Therapy – promoting the profession and practice of music therapy
  • British Lung Foundation – singing for lung health
  • Nordoff Robbins – the UK’s largest music therapy charity
  • Apollo Music Projects – brings live classical music to children who might not otherwise experience it
  • Music in Hospitals and Care – spreads joy through live music across the UK
  • Chiltern Music Therapy – provides music therapy and community music to people of all ages across the UK
  • Live Music Now –  a UK-wide initiative delivering interactive music programmes in care homes and hospitals, and a range of community and healthcare settings.
  • Arts in Care Homes – founder of the ‘Choir in Every Care Home’ initiative
  • Musical Moments – provides stimulating and interactive musical activities for care settings
  • Wishing Well – Live interactive Music for Wellbeing in healthcare settings
  • Turtle Key Arts – music and drama for children with autism spectrum conditions
  • Musical Connections – run participatory music sessions and projects for older, isolated and vulnerable people in care and community settings across York (my home town)
  • Alzheimer’s Society – Singing for the brain initiative for people living with dementia
  • Playlist for Life – Sharing the power of personal music for people living with dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Society – Singing for the brain initiative for people living with dementia
  • Playlist for Life – Sharing the power of personal music for people living with dementia
  • Music for Dementia – speaking to the music industry and government to raise awareness and understanding of the role of music in dementia care, and ultimately change policy
  • Music Unity for Mental Health – hold music events and other projects that fund free DJ/music workshops for people who struggle with mental health issues, or who simply need support to enjoy a positive problem-free mindset.
  • Opus Music – Music-making with people of all ages within health and social care settings

Outside the UK organisation

  • Lullaby project (USA) – pairs pregnant women and new mothers and fathers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding childhood development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child
  • Elemy (USA) – How Does Music Therapy Work for People With Autism? A helpful advice page offering advice and input on the subject of music and care for those living with autism spectrum conditions, prepared by trained therapists.
  • Musica y Alzheimer (Spain)- En Sanitas Mayores iniciamos la música como terapia para personas con demencia y los resultados son espectaculares
  • Room 217 (Canada) – provide an innovative approach to health and well-being called music care. Music care enhances quality of life and improves the care experience.

Useful guides

  • Music Therapy Treatment Guide – Thanks to Mary from Homeschoolaide for sending me this link. A USA-based summary of Types of Music Therapy, with special summaries on Music Therapy for Seniors, Autism and Depression. Also includes links to useful tools for finding Music Therapists in the USA.