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Music for Dementia funding winners announced

Music for Dementia is announcing the grant payments from The Paul & Nick Harvey Fund launched in January.

The fund was made possible by a donation of £500,000 by The Hunter Foundation and supports organisations providing musical services for people with dementia.

Money is being made available to 30 projects, with grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 being handed out across the UK to initiatives such as dementia choirs and music therapy services.

Music for Dementia, backed by the Utley Foundation, funds innovative approaches to delivering music during COVID-19 and helps those working with diverse and rural communities.

The beneficiaries include:

The fund was created after  80-year-old concert pianist, composer and music teacher Paul Harvey, who lives with dementia, played his spontaneous Four Notes composition on BBC Breakfast in 2020.  

His story was noticed by philanthropists Sir Tom and Lady Marion Hunter. The Hunter Foundation donated £1m to help people living with dementia. Some £500,000 of this was used to create The Paul & Nick Harvey Fund.

“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 provides,” said Grace Meadows, campaign director for Music for Dementia.

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

A full list of grant winners is available on the Music for Dementia website from Thursday (13 May).

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