Our Policy Round-table Event

Round-table Attendees

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Tue, 28/3/2017

Sharing Who We Are With a Wider Audience

We work with music therapy every day. We know what it is, how it works, and the wonderful things it can achieve. To us, it can be obvious - music therapy is the specialist use of music that aims to facilitate physical and emotional wellbeing, and to promote the development and retention of key communication skills. But what does that really mean, and how do others see what we do?

These are the hugely important questions we wanted to get to the bottom of with our first round-table event. So we brought together some of the best minds from around the worlds of politics, music and education to see how we can take the message of music therapy wider than ever before. What are the questions we need to answer? Who could we be working more with? And what can we be doing to change the lives of more people than ever before?

It was a fantastic day, and very eye-opening. Everyone in attendance goes away knowing a bit more about what music therapy can do,  and we come away with a clearer idea of how we can help music therapy to be recognised for the benefits it provides across education, health, care and community services.

We'd like to send a huge thank you to BPI for giving us the space for the meeting, and for their Chief Executive Geoff Taylor for his kind words on the day. And we really appreciated our music industry partners O2, Ticketmaster and Deeza along with UK Music supporting the event. Chris Edmonds, Chair of Ticketmaster reminded us:

“Our business is all about selling “those magical two hours” to fans, We’d like to applaud Nordoff Robbins in their approach to helping quantify and examine the social impact of music”

We live in a world where all sectors are facing cuts, and budgets are spread thinner than ever before. Every investment need to accurately demonstrate a return. And we know the benefits and savings that make music therapy such a great deal for those who can receive it. 

We will be pulling together the findings from the roundtable event and will share this in the coming months.

We work with music therapy every day. And, thanks to this event, hopefully many, many more people will be able to say the same.