Health & wellbeing

BRIT Awards donates £250,000 to Mind, BRIT School and Music Support

The BRIT Awards with Mastercard has announced that £250,000 raised by this year’s BRITs 2018 will be donated to three charities that promote music education and mental wellbeing – Mind, the BRIT School and Music Support.

Risk of cultural void as funding cuts threaten the future of British orchestras

According to new research by the UK Musicians’ Union, 44% of the nation’s orchestral musicians say they do not earn enough to live on. The organisation represents… Read more

Sing Up releases new video

Sing Up has released a new video celebrating the positive connection between singing and wellbeing.

Surrey arts project to break cultural barriers through music

Surrey Music Hub has launched a new project bringing together professionals and community groups who work with or have an interest in supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people through the arts and music.

Wigmore Hall’s Singing with Friends choir performs at Buckingham Palace

Wigmore Hall’s choir for families living with dementia, Singing with Friends, performed in a special concert at Buckingham Palace on 12 February 2018.

NYCGB announces details of 35th anniversary season

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has announced details of its 35th anniversary season, which will celebrate the themes of ‘Women in Song’ and ‘Music… Read more

Live Music Now announces project studying benefits of music in care homes

Live Music Now (LMN) has announced details of an ambitious project studying the effects of music on older people, especially those living with dementias, and staff in five care homes across the UK.

New Seven Ages Festival places Wigmore Hall Learning programme centre-stage

Wigmore Hall has announced details of a major festival showcasing its award-winning Learning programme.

Help Musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health support line and service for the music industry

The country’s leading independent music charity, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), today launched its landmark new 24/7 mental health service ‘Music Minds Matter’ for anyone working in the music industry.

British Lung Foundation receives funding for Singing for Lung Health Trainers

The British Lung Foundation (Northern Ireland) has received Big Lottery Awards for All funding to train Singing For Lung Health Trainers across Northern Ireland. The programme aims to enable the establishment… Read more

Help Musicians UK releases final ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ report

Independent music charity, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), has released the final findings of its Can Music Make You Sick? report and announced three key pledges for the music industry:… Read more

Three choirs to perform in arts and health collaboration at Victoria and Albert Museum

Three choirs will come together in a collaboration between artists, medical professionals and patients at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Saturday 14 October 2017. The London Stroke… Read more

A Choir in Every Care Home relaunches at two UK conferences

A Choir in Every Care Home relaunched on Wednesday 20 September 2017 with presentations at the Best Practice in the Care Home Sector conference in Birmingham and… Read more

UK’s Three Choirs Festival adopts Age-Friendly Standards

Following a successful festival in Worcester at the end of July 2017, the Three Choirs Festival has become one of the UK’s first national cultural organisations to adopt the Family… Read more

Help Musicians UK announces mental health support campaign

Help Musicians UK, the largest provider of health and welfare support for the British music industry, has announced Music Minds Matter, a new campaign for music-industry-wide support of… Read more

40,000 choirs, 2m singers in the UK: survey

300,000 more people sing regularly than play amateur football each week, according to a new national survey from choral charity, Voices Now. Despite this, football receives £30m in… Read more

New Sing Up Foundation holds first roundtable discussion

In celebration of its 10th birthday, Sing Up has launched the Sing Up Foundation, a new charitable organisation focussing on: singing for children with special educational needs… Read more

New mental health charity for music industry receives BRIT Trust backing

The BRIT Trust, the charitable arm of the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) which distributes funds raised through the BRIT Awards, has announced its support for Music Support,… Read more