SoundUp Arts is a Community Interest Company which brings participatory music and creative activities to people living with dementia. Their organisation’s mission is to ensure that people living with dementia can access participatory music and arts regularly. They run choirs, participatory music workshops, long-term arts projects, interactive concerts and singing sessions with people living with dementia., and develop online resources and tools, to enable carers and care-homes to facilitate high-quality interactive music with confidence.
Currently only 5% of people in care homes have access to music, due to the high cost of music interventions and lack of training and tools for staff to run interactive sessions themselves. Their work aims to combat this issue & strives to innovate the current landscape of music in care, by developing programmes and resources that allow for carers and facilitators to easily, flexibly and cost-effectively run regular interactive music sessions.
In response to COVID-19 they have developed online resources, to enable carers and care-homes to facilitate high-quality interactive music with confidence in care homes. They were seeking grants to bring their interactive, digital music sessions to people living with dementia in lockdown – who currently are isolated, disconnected and unengaged in interactive arts and musical activity.
Their weekly CreativeCast programme features a 30-minute interactive music/movement video, and a CreativePack of 8 printable creative activities. The package can be utilised to run various different sessions across each week and has accounted for the range of abilities that people with dementia may experience. With thes funding we awarded to SoundUp Arts, they can now bring 4 CreativeCast Sessions to 5 care homes in Blackley, West Didsbury, Gorton & Wythenshawe for free. Providing hundreds of interactive musical sessions to 140 people living with dementia!
Listen to their Director, Lucy, tell us how our grant will help their work!