Spirit of 2012. Large angular colourful S on the left, text to the right 'Spirit of 2012 Investing in Happiness'

Plymouth Music Zone is one of 17 music making projects creating extraordinary impact featured in a powerful report by the national funder set up to continue the legacy of the 2012 Olympic games. ‘Spirit of 2012’ was created to ‘invest in happiness’ through funding a small number of flagship community projects that were considered highly effective in supporting people to improve their wellbeing and feel more connected. 

PMZ’s so-called ‘Rhythm and Respect’ project was funded by Spirit of 2012 back in 2016. It was one of the charity’s first large scale intergenerational project that brought together people of all ages to learn from one another and promote kindness through music.

PMZ Chief Executive Debbie Geraghty says:

“I clearly remember how the Rhythm and Respect project became so pivotal in shaping how PMZ went on to really widen what it delivers with different communities so we’re really grateful to Spirit of 2012 for choosing to fund us back then. That work continues to have a positive impact and learning to this day. It’s inspiring to read this Music and Wellbeing report to see how much it echoes what we have found in our research with academics over the years. The evidence for the power and social impact of music is compelling. I hope this report encourages even further investment in the area of creative health. “

Spirit of 2012’s Music & Wellbeing report is a review of the evaluations of the 17 chosen projects. It combines and provides insights into effective music interventions and offers principles for practitioners and funders. The report also explores how these projects can be adapted to different audiences with specific needs.

You can find out more about the Spirit of 2012 report here: https://spiritof2012.org.uk/insights/music-and-wellbeing/

In the coming year, Spirit of 2012 say they will also be making use of the findings from other research that PMZ completed with our academic partner, Plymouth University, particularly in relation to inclusion and perceptions of disability.

Thanks are also due to funders Arts Council England and Youth Music who enabled us to evaluate our work in parallel with Spirit of 2012 and other funders.  You can find out more about PMZ’s previous evaluations and research on our website impact page by clicking the photo below: