We know from our own experience that music can bring joy, comfort, fun, energy, movement, form and trigger memories. Music can build social connections and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, enable self-expression and spiritual connection. It also can provide a safe space to experience strong human emotions within a cultural form that supports such public expression across a diverse and rich range of cultures and musical genres.

Scientific research is adding to our knowledge of how music impacts in these ways and how it can be used as a tool to:

  • reduce anxiety and contribute to maintaining good mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • benefit the immune system
  • increase positive post-surgery outcomes
  • support physical exercise
  • improve the quality of life for those living with dementia
  • help with pain management

Across Kirklees, we are determined to work collaboratively to use this knowledge to benefit as many people as possible by developing solutions that build connections between general practice, charitable/voluntary sector, hospitals, care homes, support groups and the education sector.

Learning and leading on from initiatives such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, over the coming months we will be examining how best to put in place the structures, processes, plans and projects to maximise the use of music in health and wellbeing, including:

  • music as a tool in (mental) healthcare / well being
  • music as a tool for social inclusion
  • music and social prescribing
  • music and interfaith relations
  • music in the workplace
  • using music as a tool in education

We will be updating this page with progress and news, so do check back regularly or sign up to our MUSiK newsletter.

HOOT Creative Arts

HOOT is a leading arts and health not-for-profit organisation offering high quality participative arts programmes with proven health and wellbeing benefits.

Based in Huddersfield and working across North and South Kirklees, HOOT’s specialisms and expertise include adult mental health, dementia, specialist prison work, end of life, group singing, community building and supporting emerging artists and facilitators.

The aim at Hoot Creative Arts is to support participants to build creative and imaginative capacity that is of central importance to building personal resilience in support of our mental and physical health, wellbeing and happiness. Opportunities are created for participants to work with professional artists (musicians, animators, writers, digital artists singers) to support the development of their creativity, confidence, self-esteem, personal growth and creative expression.

Throughout the year projects include:

  • Out of the Blue – creative arts, mental health and wellbeing programme running 5 days a week
  • Breathing Space – weekly programme for people with dementia and their carers
  • Singwell – weekly community based singing for wellbeing
  • Celebrating Age – participative arts outreach programme in community settings
  • Creative Pathways – participatory arts activities for people who are accessing inpatient services or supported housing.

Our building at Bates Mill includes a Music Studio which hosts one-to-one studio sessions to write, record and produce music with personal assistance from our studio team, whilst Tech-Know and Art of Noise sessions teach a variety of music production and music technology techniques.

Coming Soon

We will shortly be updating this page with information about other organisations and projects related to music in health and wellbeing, so do check back regularly or sign up to our MUSiK newsletter.


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