Music Therapy Week – Nordoff Robbins
It’s music therapy week, with the Silver Clef Awards taking place on Friday. Music therapy can be a great thing and so this is something you should support. It’s a shame that the winners are so uninspiring but that’s the dilemma for charities between leftfield and less money and mainstream and more money.
Nordoff Robbins’ biggest annual event, the 02 Silver Clef Awards is taking place on the 3rd July, having raised £8.5 million for the charity to date. Ten winners have already been announced; Gladys Knight who will pick up the Raymond Weil International Award, Duran Duran, who will win the Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award, Kasabian, Royal Albert Hall Best Group, James Bay, Jack Daniel’s Best Newcomer, Jake Bugg, AEG Live Best Male, Rita Ora, Vevo Best Female, Mark Ronson, American Express Innovation Award, Primal Scream, Investec Icon Award, Iron Maiden, O2 Silver Clef Award and Il Divo who will be awarded the PPL Classical Award. The final winner who will pick up the Live Nation and Ticket Master Best Live Act Award will be announced on the day of the awards.
At least Iron Maiden are going to be a winner. In their early 80s heyday (to me) they were a fantastic live act. If you look very hard, you can see me at this live recording.
Nordoff Robbins is a music therapy charity, dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults. They work with people with a range of challenges such as autism, dementia, depression and physical and learning disabilities.
Music therapy is a specialist use of music to help people in many different ways – for some it has physical benefits, for others emotional or social ones and helps many to communicate where they’ve struggled to do so previously.
They carry out their work in their own music therapy centre and units, in schools, day centres, hospitals and care homes. They also train music therapists to Masters level.
Nordoff Robbins receives no government funding. They derive a significant amount of their income from individual sponsors and events such as the Silver Clef Awards and the Music Industry Trust Awards, which enable them to continue to build awareness of their services and transform lives.
The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards honours artists from across the music industry, whilst raising much-needed funds for Nordoff Robbins. The event, which has raised £8.5 million for Nordoff Robbins since its inception in 1976, is a chance for the charity to give something back to the music industry, from which they receive significant support throughout the year. The event is attended by artists, celebrities and the great and the good of the music industry.