Issue date: 13 February 2001

Professor Leslie Bunt, Senior Research Fellow in Music therapy at the University of the West of England, has received a lottery grant of £167,000 on behalf of MusicSpace, a nationally registered charity of which he is the Director.

The MusicSpace Trust was established in Bristol in 1991 and is setting up a national network of community-based centres to provide individual and group music therapy for children and adults of all ages. The National Office of MusicSpace is based within the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the St. Matthias Campus of UWE.

The grant, by the National Lottery Charities Board, will enable MusicSpace to increase provision of music therapy nationwide. MusicSpace currently has centres in Bristol, Gloucester, Hampshire, Nottingham, London, Liverpool and the West Midlands employing over 30 music therapists. Over 450 people receive music therapy each week through these centres or through MusicSpace's growing outreach service.

Kieran Daly, Development Director for MusicSpace, says the grant will help to consolidate therapy in existing branches as well as supporting much needed expansion: "We want to increase our current provision and open new music therapy premises for our work in Portsmouth, Southampton, Nottingham and the West Midlands. By the end of 2004 we aim to be providing music therapy for another 600 people each week."

Professor Bunt says, "Music therapy is increasingly becoming recognised as a therapy for children and adults with wide-ranging health care needs. These include children with autism, adults and children with learning disabilities and mental health problems, cancer patients and the elderly. The profession has recently been boosted by the award of State Registration within the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine."

Professor Bunt, the Director and Founder of the Trust, is the first Professor of Music Therapy in the UK. As well as his work for MusicSpace he is also involved in post-graduate music therapy training and developing courses in music therapy and supervising research projects in the Faculty of Health and Social Care. He also carries out his own research and publishes regularly.


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