Music for a Change
Using music to reach out and transform the lives of the most marginalised people of all ages in Plymouth and beyond.
Name of organisation:
Plymouth Music Zone
Title of project/programme:
Music for a Change
Dates of project/programme:
1st October 2012 31 March 2014
Plymouth Music Zone (PMZ) uses music to reach out and transform the lives of the most marginalised people of all ages in Plymouth and beyond. It works with over 100 partner organisations annually in a diverse range of health, social care and education settings delivering up to 70 sessions to almost 800 people every week.
“Music for a Change” is an innovative programme of 'musical respite' developed to improve the health and emotional wellbeing of the most vulnerable children, young people and families going through the most challenging and traumatic changes. It specialises in engaging groups other arts organisations often find too challenging - including work in mental health and dementia care units, the only Tier 4 adolescent psychiatric unit in the South West, children with complex, profound physical and emotional needs, bereaved families and socially isolated asylum seekers/refugees. It also involved working with women and children fleeing domestic abuse in safe houses reserved for those at “risk of death or serious harm”. Independent Evaluation showed music sessions developed emotional resilience and wellbeing, rebuilding trust and a sense of control and hope to navigate change. The refuge work enabled mothers to improve relationships with their children and to be a family again while facing the upheaval of losing everything.
The project also provided celebratory performance opportunities and specialist training to partner organisations’ staff and Music Leaders, building delivery capacity. Audio and video recordings leave an invaluable legacy for participants and demonstrate the project’s significant impact within the Arts and Health sector.
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