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Pianist helps provide £500K for services supporting people with dementia through music

Music for Dementia

Thirty projects providing musical services for people with dementia across the UK are to receive a share of £500,000.

The Paul & Nick Harvey Fund has provided the money for the Music for Dementia charity after pianist and former music teacher Paul Harvey performed his Four Notes composition on BBC Breakfast last year.

In just six weeks, over 170 organisations applied to the fund, which was launched by the Music for Dementia campaign, backed by The Utley Foundation, in January this year. 

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Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 have been awarded to a diverse range of projects from dementia choirs to music therapy services. 

The Paul & Nick Harvey Fund was made possible by a donation from The Hunter Foundation to Music for Dementia, after philanthropists Sir Tom and Lady Marion Hunter saw Paul Harvey and son Nick’s TV appearance. 

Nick Harvey said: “Dad and I are just so thrilled that Four Notes – Paul’s Tune has led to this. It’s truly extraordinary and we want to thank everyone involved in the fund from Sir Tom and Lady Marion Hunter to Music for Dementia and The Utley Foundation, plus the musicians who will be making and sharing music with people with dementia as a result.”

Grace Meadows, campaign director, Music for Dementia, commented: “Musical services have been severely impacted in the last year, meaning many people living with dementia and their carers have lost those important connections and special moments that music, uniquely, provides.  

“As Paul and Nick’s story so poignantly shows, music has the power to make beautiful moments of togetherness.

“It couldn’t be more timely to be distributing this fund just as we are beginning to see the green shoots of in-person services start to emerge. We can’t wait to see and hear the amazing stories of shared experiences that this fund creates.”

Vicky McClure, actress and campaigner for music to be an essential part of care for people with dementia, said:  “Music has the power to transform, connect and enrich the lives of people living with dementia. It’s great news that 27 organisations across the UK have been given grants to extend their vital music services. The impact this will have on individuals, their carers and families cannot be underestimated.”

Click here to view an interview with Grace Meadows.

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