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Live Music Now shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2019


Live Music Now (LMN) is delighted to announce it made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

LMN has been shortlisted in the Arts, Culture and Heritage category for ‘Live Music in Care‘ – an independently evaluated project that demonstrated how carefully delivered music can provide significant benefits for older people, care staff and care settings, contributing to person-centred care”.

“At Live Music Now, we are thrilled to be shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Charity Awards. It is a reflection of the great efforts of our musicians, volunteers, partners and staff around the UK – as well as the many inspirational people who collaborate with us, living and working in adult social care.” – Sir Vernon Ellis, Chairman, Live Music Now


LIVE MUSIC IN CARE is the result of a research enquiry supported by 35 national organisations in the social care and arts sectors, working together since 2015 under the banner ‘A Choir in Every Care Home’, funded by the Baring Foundation.

Over the past three years, the group surveyed the many creative ways that older people engage with music, and explored why the majority of care homes do not regularly offer this opportunity. They uncovered a wealth of evidence supporting the use of music for older people, particularly for those living with dementia. However, they also found there was limited evidence available about how music programmes can impact on a whole care home. So, from June 2017 to August 2018, Live Music Now and the University of Winchester worked in partnership with MHA (Methodist Homes) and The Orders of St John Care Trust to investigate the impact of music on residents, staff and the whole care home environment.

The independently evaluated results showed significant impacts for everyone involved, concluding that “carefully delivered music can provide significant benefits for older people, care staff and care settings, contributing to person-centred care”.

The full Live Music in Care report can be downloaded from 

Live Music in Care: A Choir in Every Care Home from Live Music Now on Vimeo.


The Charity Awards is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.

The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black-tie dinner on 5 June, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.

The evening will be hosted by the Rev Richard Coles, who will be joined on the night by a host of celebrities, representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities.

Matthew Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated Live Music Now on making the highly-coveted shortlist. He said:

“Once again we received a record number of entries to the Charity Awards, and the breadth and quality of the work being done by charities across the sector continues to astonish. Live Music Now should be very proud to have made the shortlist.”

Andy Pitt, head of charities – London at Rathbones, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said:

“The Charity Awards celebrate leadership, good governance, innovation and excellence. As investment managers we do everything we can to support the work that the sector does and promoting best practice is an important part of our relationship with charities.”

Sir John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) comments:

“Strong leadership, innovation, service excellence and a commitment to transparency; all of the shortlisted charities live these values, and it’s only right they receive recognition for their amazing work. Long may this continue and best of luck to these remarkable charities, who all make this country a better place.”

The Shortlist 2019

Arts, culture and heritage Birmingham Museums Trust
Live Music Now
The Albany
Campaigning and advocacy Greater Manchester Law Centre
Surviving Economic Abuse
Children and youth I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Internet Watch Foundation
Over The Wall
Disability Core Sport
The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety
Education and training JAN Trust
MCR Pathways
Environment and conservation Green Alliance
International Animal Rescue
The Woodland Trust
Grantmaking and funding All We Can
Berkshire Community Foundation
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
Healthcare and medical research Bone Cancer Research Trust
Refugee and Migrant Centre, Wolverhampton, Black Country and Birmingham
International aid and development Twin & Twin Trading
Womankind Worldwide
World Child Cancer UK
Social care, advice and support Cambridge House & Talbot
Hubbub Foundation UK
The Nelson Trust


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