Music in Mind


It gives me a huge amount of pleasure to announce that Manchester Camerata, which runs the Music in Mind programme, has been awarded the distinction of being Centre of Excellence from The Power of Music Fund, established by The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP). This is huge recognition of our achievements to date, and a clear indication of the far-reaching potential that our programme has to improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia.

Although founded by NASP, The Power of Music Fund has received generous support from the Utley Foundation, the Arts Council England and Music for All. Their aim for the Centre of Excellence is to establish a true partnership between health and care providers, voluntary organisations, music providers and dementia support organisations. It will test new approaches to embedding music as part of dementia care, gather evidence of cost savings for the NHS and design new models of care which could be scaled up and spread across England. All of this builds on key recommendations from the 2022 Power of Music report.

Vital to the eventual success of embedding music for dementia care models within the NHS, our proposal is a partnership between Manchester Camerata with NHS Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and the Alzheimer’s Society, as well as other voluntary sector partners who will help us deliver our programme initially across Greater Manchester. These partners include Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind, Together Dementia Support, the Bolton Dementia Support Group and Bluesci in Trafford.

With the new resources available to us as part of this, our plans for the next three years (the duration of this programme) fall into three distinct areas.

Read more about the delivery plan for Greater Manchester here