The Arts & Health Award is one of the categories of the Health & Wellbeing Awards.

This Award recognises organisations whose work has furthered the contribution of the creative arts to health and wellbeing.

2017 shortlist

Creative Futures (UK) Limited – Music for Change

Creative Futures (UK) Limited – Music for Change
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Creative Futures

Music for Change is a multi-stranded arts-based programme tackling low levels of school readiness, poor speech, language and communication development, and low levels of family engagement among children aged 0-4 years and their families in one of the most deprived parts of central London.


Live Music Now – A Choir in Every Care Home

Live Music Now – A Choir in Every Care Home
Photo: Jonny Campbell

A Choir in Every Care Home is a UK-wide initiative which supports innovative, sustainable and effective music interventions for older people.

Supported by 35 national organisations including the CQC, it has created the largest ever review of published evidence about music for older people and several practical toolkits.


University College London and Canterbury Christ Church University – Museums on Prescription

University College London and Canterbury Christ Church University – Museums on Prescription
Photo: University College

Museums on Prescription addressed issues of loneliness and social isolation in vulnerable older adults.

Participants referred by health, social care and third sector organisations, took part in 10-week programmes of museum-based sessions located in central London and Kent consisting of tours, talks and creative activities inspired by the collections.


Category winners will have the opportunity to be selected for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award, while all finalists will be considered for two special commendations to be given by Public Health England (PHE).

The winners will be announced at the RSPH Awards 2017 ceremony which will take place on Thursday 19 October at the East Wintergarden in London.

Award criteria

Entered projects and programmes should demonstrate:

  • High quality creative arts and music provision that addresses significant health and wellbeing issues affecting individuals, families and the wider community

  • Supporting patients, families and healthcare staff involved in the planning and delivery of creative arts and music provision for health and wellbeing

  • Strong partnership working between creative artists, musicians, the NHS, public health professionals and other stakeholders

  • Attention given to sensitivity towards issues of cultural diversity and social inclusion

2016 winner

Photo: Chris Christodoulou
Centre for Performance Science. A partnership of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London

Project: Making music for health and wellbeing

The Royal College of Music’s Centre for Performance Science is recognised internationally for its contributions to the field of music, wellbeing and health. This project rigorously explored how active engagement with the arts can support and enhance mental and physical health in community and NHS more.

Find out more about previous winners.