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PLYMOUTH MUSIC ZONE WINS ARTS AND HEALTH SOUTH WEST PRIZE 2015

9th June 2015

Plymouth Music Zone has been chosen from over 50 arts and health organisations across the South West to win first prize in the prestigious Arts and Health South West Prize 2015.   8 shortlisted organisations were selected for their "outstanding contribution to arts, health and wellbeing in the South West region last year".  A top prize of £5000 was presented to the charity at a prize giving event held at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

PMZ’s ‘Music for a Change’ project delivers musical respite to some of the most vulnerable young people and their families facing difficult or traumatic transitions. It includes the charity's work in a domestic refuge, in the only adolescent Tier 4 Psychiatric Unit in the South West, with foster families and looked after children, with children facing or experiencing the loss of a loved one, with socially isolated refugees and asylum seeker families and with those children in Special Schools facing especially difficult transitions.

The 2 year project was funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music with further support from Arts Council England and the Big Lottery Fund.  An Independent Evaluation of the project by Plymouth University showed the transformative impact of the work in developing both hope and resilience among the participants giving them greater strength to face and move through especially difficult or traumatic times in their lives.

PMZ's Executive Director, Debbie Geraghty, says: "This project has involved some of the most challenging and inspirational work we've ever done at Plymouth Music Zone. We're very humbled by the sheer impact of the work thanks to the power of the partnerships with health and social care organisations in place that help us to reach those people most in need. But we're also thrilled that other people get to see that it is actually possible to take the power of music and the arts into some really challenging environments like refuges and psychiatric units in order to reach those young people and their families going through some really dark times.  I hope it encourages others to put the arts at the centre of healthcare and to see and invest in the humanising and extraordinary impact music and the arts can have." 

South West Area Director of Arts Council England, Phil Gibby, said: 'This is great news for Plymouth Music Zone who are such a strong example of how engagement with arts and culture can have a powerful and beneficial impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and society.

'We have recently awarded them and Plymouth University just over £150,000  from our Research Grants programme to support a two year study exploring how to make music for and with individuals whose communication is non-verbal and we really look forward to seeing this work develop.'

For  Arts Council website new story click here

Below is the link to the news on the Arts and Health South West website showing the runner up and highly commended projects as well as the winner of the Individual Prize.  It also provides a link to the Arts and Health South West Prize 2015 booklet.

For Arts and Health South West website news page click here.
 

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PLYMOUTH MUSIC ZONE WINS ARTS AND HEALTH SOUTH WEST PRIZE 2015
 
PLYMOUTH MUSIC ZONE WINS ARTS AND HEALTH SOUTH WEST PRIZE 2015