People with dementia need ‘universal access to music’, report says

31 Jan 2018

New research finds listening to music helps tackle anxiety, depression and agitation among people living with dementia, and calls for a dedicated music and dementia task force.

I may be lying down but I'm not lazy

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25 Jan 2018

Raquel Meseguer triggered a security alert when she lay on the floor at the Southbank Centre. She shares the work she has been doing ever since to help arts venues become more welcoming to those with chronic pain.

Parliament to investigate social impact of participating in culture

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18 Jan 2018

The DCMS is seeking to draw the Government’s attention to culture’s impact on education, health and diversity, and create a new ‘joined up’ strategy.

Singing helps mothers recover from postnatal depression

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12 Jan 2018

Group singing is more effective than creative play at tackling depressive symptoms, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Why there should be more art in prisons

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14 Dec 2017

When prisoners are actually requesting more arts activities, why are we not giving them what they want, asks Jess Thorpe.

A challenging but manageable journey

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14 Dec 2017

Male prisoners at risk of suicide or self-harm may be apprehensive about signing up for a theatre project, but some finish Geese Theatre Company’s five-day course giddy with pride. Louise Heywood shares the story.

Participatory arts projects empower care home residents

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06 Dec 2017

A two-year project across 20% of Welsh care homes found statistically significant improvements to wellbeing and staff perceptions of residents.

How can we best measure social value?

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05 Dec 2017

As the arts work their magic in so many mysterious ways, how can their impact be fully understood and measured? Matthew Brown wrestles with the concept of social value.

Pulse report: Local authority arts funding – what should be done?

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18 Oct 2017

As budgets tighten, many local authorities feel they have little choice but to cut spending on arts and culture. But how is the sector reacting and what should be done to help mitigate the damage? Frances Richens shares the findings of ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey.

Music students should study mental health issues, charity claims

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16 Oct 2017

New research examines the pressures on musicians’ mental health and wellbeing caused by unpredictable careers, a culture of self-criticism and the lack of time to relax.

Call for health ministers to push forward arts in health agenda

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12 Oct 2017

The need for a cross-government approach to arts in health – including education reforms – has been highlighted by MPs at a Westminster Hall debate.

Arts Council and NHS join forces to support creativity in Wales

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06 Oct 2017

The two organisations have signed a three-year agreement to work together to raise awareness about the health benefits of arts participation.

New £500k dance project to tackle inactivity in older people

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06 Oct 2017

The project marks a change in strategy for funder Sport England, which had signalled its willingness to consider how dance could tackle inactivity.

24/7 mental health service for musicians a world-first

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25 Jul 2017

Help Musicians UK’s service will go live later this year and offer listening, advice, medical and welfare support to anyone working in music.

Trainee doctors should study impact of arts on health, inquiry says

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21 Jul 2017

A cross-party parliamentary report says it is “time to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to health and wellbeing”.

1 in 3 professional musicians have suffered from an eating disorder

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18 Jul 2017

Musicians responding to a major new study reported severe levels of stress and depression, and extremely severe levels of anxiety.

Escape from hospital stress

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15 Jun 2017

Bedside theatre performances in hospitals are helping children escape from stress and anxiety. Persephone Sextou explains the work of a scheme currently operating in the Midlands.

Healthcare provider to prescribe reading, dancing and singing

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16 May 2017

Halton CCG’s manifesto for wellbeing commits the organisation to commissioning cultural activity, which it says can support wellbeing in ways that other methods cannot.

£2.3m to expand dance-based health initiative

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11 May 2017

1,000 older people will benefit from the extension of a ‘Dance to Health’ programme involving arts partners including Yorkshire Dance and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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