UK Music and Music for Dementia - Invitation to consult on the power of music

The consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond.

Over the past year, our awareness, understanding and ability to use music to enhance and enrich health and wellbeing has been drawn into sharp focus. Its role in supporting people living with dementia, keeping people connected through lockdowns, helping to maintain and support mental wellbeing – are just a few examples of the difference it makes to people’s lives, every day.

Following a ministerial meeting in April, facilitated by UK Music and Music for Dementia, we would like to invite you to take part in a short consultation to help us understand, from your perspective, what more you think can be done to encourage and scale the use of music to enhance and enrich quality of life and improve health and wellbeing.


How to respond

The consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond. 


Please submit your responses by completing this online survey.

If you require this document in an alternative format, or need assistance with the online form, please contact info@musicfordementia.org.uk. Please note that this email address should not be used for submitting your consultation response.

How your response will be used


You will not be asked to share any personal details in order to complete this consultation. 

We would like to share the outcomes of this consultation, in whole or in part, with the DCMS and DHSC, as part of the wider consultation around the power of music. Therefore we would like to know which organisation you are responding from / on the behalf of. If you are not responding from / on behalf of an organisation, please state you are responding as an individual. 

Thank you


Thank you for taking the time to respond to this consultation - your insights are greatly valued. 

Please share and encourage colleagues from across sectors to contribute to this consultation.


We look forward to receiving your response. 

UK Music & Music for Dementia 

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* 1. If you are happy to do so, please tell us which organisation you are responding from / on behalf of or if you are responding as an individual.

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* 2. What role do you see for music in improving care for those living with conditions that come into the following five areas of focus?
(This list is not exhaustive and represents one way of categorising a range of health conditions)
  • Psychological conditions, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, eating disorders, personality disorders, substance-related disorders
  • Physical conditions (neurocognitive), such as breathing conditions e.g. long covid, degenerative disorders e.g. dementia, cardiovascular disorders e.g. stroke, heart disease, and brain trauma
  • Physical impairments, such as visual impairment, physical impairment, chronic pain
  • Neurodevelopmental conditions, such as autism, ADHD, communication disorder, global developmental delay, intellectual disability
  • Social experiences / challenges which impact on health and wellbeing, such as loneliness, isolation, stigma



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* 3. What examples do you have of projects or programmes using music to improve quality of life across the five areas of focus and those who care for them? Do these projects have the potential to be scaled up?

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* 4. How do you evaluate and monitor the impact of using music to enhance and enrich quality of life and improve health and wellbeing?

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* 5. What is the most important thing

(1) the music industry
(2) health and social care sectors
(3) philanthropy
(4) government

can do to increase the use of music to support health and wellbeing?

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* 6. What are the barriers preventing more partnership working between government, philanthropy, music industry, the health and social care sectors and the third sector?

What one thing would make a significant difference to overcoming this?

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* 7. Other than an investment in a particular project or programme what would be the most important financial investment that would make a difference to the provision of music in improving care?

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* 8. What more, beyond financial investment, could government and the music industry be doing to encourage the therapeutic use of music to help improve health and wellbeing?

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* 9. Please rank in order of priority, what you think government and the music industry could action now to help position music as integral to health and wellbeing?

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* 10. Please set out further why you have ranked the actions from government and music industry in this way?

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* 11. Please rank in order of priority, what you think government, training institutions and the music sector could action now to help support develop education and training in using music in health and social care contexts:

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* 12. Please add further detail to your ranking of education and training priorities.

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* 13. What more can be done to support the resilience of music in growing back better for those experiencing the physical and / or mental health impacts of Covid-19?

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* 14. If you would like to be kept informed on the progress of the survey and the wider piece of work around the Power of Music, please provide your email address:

Thank you for completing this consultation. 

We look forward to sharing the findings with you in due course. 

UK Music and Music for Dementia
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