An Inquiry Conducted at the House of Lords Examining the 360-Degree Value of Music in Society

A series of evidence meetings conducted at the House of Lords examining the full value of music to UK society.

The scientific evidence regarding the positive effects that music can have on human behaviour is overwhelming. Due to its mass appeal popular music in particular has clear potential to be harnessed as a tool to drive health and economic returns. At present music is under-utilised and undervalued in the UK.

Five evidence meetings will take place at the House of Lords between October 2018 and March 2019. Each session will hear evidence from expert witnesses on the role of music in the following strands:

  1. Building the future workforce (the role of music in cognitive development)

  2. Improving public health

  3. Coping with the ageing population

  4. Driving economic growth

A report presenting all of the evidence and a range of recommendations will be subsequently published in Spring/Summer 2019.

This is the first time that music has been simultaneously examined in a multi-faceted manner across all aspects of society, enabling a full evaluation of the economic and health value to the UK from childhood development to end of life care.

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Evidence Meetings


Wednesday 24th October 2018, 17:30 – 19:00

Evidence Meeting 1: Building the Future Workforce (the role of music in cognitive development)

  1. Naveed Idrees, Headmaster and Jimmy Rotheram, Music Teacher, Feversham Primary Academy, Bradford

  2. Ben Lewis, CEO, Young Voices Concerts

  3. Professor Birgitte Andersen, CEO Big Innovation Centre / Secretariat APPG Artificial Intellience

Tuesday 20th November 2018, 17:00 – 18:30

Evidence Meeting 2: Improving Public Health

  1. Matt Campion, Co-Founder of Music 4 Mental Health

  2. Professor Chris Holland, Dean, Kent & Medway Medical School (opening 2020)

  3. Professor Catherine Loveday, University of Westminster

Tuesday 11th December 2018, 17:30 – 19:00

Evidence Meeting 3: Coping with the Ageing Population

  1. Henry Quinn, Head of Strategic Intelligence, NHS Dementia Village (opening 2019) and Dr Philip Brighton, Clinical Lead for Dementia, East Kent Hospitals NHS University Foundation Trust

  2. Nina Clark, Co-Chair, Folkestone Music Town

  3. Gordon Anderson, Founder, Memory Tracks

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 17:30 – 19:00

Evidence Meeting 4: Driving Economic Growth

  1. Councillor Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff City Council

  2. Tessa Marchington, CEO, Music in Offices

  3. Tim Spires, Senior Policy Officer, Cultural Education and Music, Culture and Creative Industries, Greater London Authority

Evidence Meeting 5: The Role of Music in Nurturing Creativity

  1. Ed Newton-Rex, Chief Executive, Jukedeck

  2. Dr Julia Jones, Chief Executive, Found in Music

    and more speakers to be announced.

Wednesday 20th March 2019, 17:30 – 19:00 - POSTPONED

Evidence Meetings

House of Lords

  • Wednesday 24th October 2018 – 17.30 to 19.00

  • Tuesday 20th November 2018 – 17.00 to 18.30

  • Tuesday 11th December 2018 – 17.30 to 19.00

  • Tuesday 26th February 2019 – 17.30 to 19.00

  • Wednesday 20th March 2019 – 17.30 to 19.00 - POSTPONED

General information


Lord Tim Clement-Jones CBE


Dr Julia Jones (Found in Music) & Dr Shain Shapiro (Sound Diplomacy)

If you have been invited to present evidence as an expert witness or attend an evidence meeting as a member of the audience we will be in touch with you soon with full details.

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