Social prescribing – music

The Power of Music Fund, a scheme to promote social prescribing for people with dementia and their families, opened on 22nd November for new grant applications. Musical initiatives for carers and people with dementia, such as dementia choirs, can apply for multi-year grants of either £1,000 or £2,000 annually, depending on the size and scope of the activity.  Managed by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, the fund will also award one larger grant of £500,000 for a centre of excellence.  Among the academy’s plans is to research and evaluate a model of provision bringing the health system and community groups together so that music can play a key role in dementia care across the country.