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.
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.
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.
Group singing is more effective than creative play at tackling depressive symptoms, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
When prisoners are actually requesting more arts activities, why are we not giving them what they want, asks Jess Thorpe.
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.
A two-year project across 20% of Welsh care homes found statistically significant improvements to wellbeing and staff perceptions of residents.
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.
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.
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.
The need for a cross-government approach to arts in health – including education reforms – has been highlighted by MPs at a Westminster Hall debate.
The two organisations have signed a three-year agreement to work together to raise awareness about the health benefits of arts participation.
The project marks a change in strategy for funder Sport England, which had signalled its willingness to consider how dance could tackle inactivity.
Help Musicians UK’s service will go live later this year and offer listening, advice, medical and welfare support to anyone working in music.
A cross-party parliamentary report says it is “time to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to health and wellbeing”.
Musicians responding to a major new study reported severe levels of stress and depression, and extremely severe levels of anxiety.
Jorge Lopes Ramos and Persis Jade Maravala take us on a whirlwind tour of a week in their hectic, colourful lives at ZU-UK.
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.
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.
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.