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MEC Seminar: The Impact of Music on Health and Wellbeing

  • 11th February 2021
  • 10.00am - 12.00pm
  • Online

With the recent launch of the ‘National Academy for Social Prescribing’ and the ‘Thriving Communities Fund’, new strategic partnerships are bringing together NHS England, Sport England, Natural England, the Office for Civil Society, the Money & Pensions Service and NHS Charities. Many arts and music organisations are also finding a place in this new collaborative ecosystem.

Although the idea that music can enhance the life experience supporting a general sense of wellbeing is not new, evidence of the beneficial effect of music on, for example, clinical care and mental health is now widely accepted. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has 3039 evidence papers covering everything from ‘Music for Insomnia’ to ‘Using Prescribed Music to Enhance the Quality of Life for People with Dementia and Their Carer’.

‘The Impact of Music on Health and Wellbeing’ seminar looks at current best practice in ‘Arts and Health’ and explores how music can best support the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • John McMahon, Arts Council England, Lead for Arts and Health
  • Daisy Swift, Head of Learning Wigmore Hall
  • Natalie Ellis, Head of Art of Cambridge University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust
  • Barbara Eifler, Chief Executive, Making Music
  • Fiona Harvey, Education and Youth Ensembles Consultant, Association of British Orchestras
  • Sarah Derbyshire, Chief Executive, Orchestras Live
  • Matthew Swann, Chief Executive, City of London Sinfonia


Is there a registration fee?
No, registration for this seminar is completely free.

Must I be a MEC Member to attend?
No, we invite and encourage anyone interested in this topic to attend.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
For any questions regarding the event, please email We will try to respond to you within 2-3 business days.

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