New network focusing on music and mental health to launch with virtual presentation on Jan. 26

Posted on: January 22, 2021

The National Endowment for the Arts and the University of California, San Francisco are launching Sound Health Network, which aims to bring together musicians, music therapists, scientists, and others to explore the intersection between music and health and to promote research and public awareness. The network emerged from the Sound Health initiative, a partnership between the Kennedy Center and National Institutes of Health in association with the Arts Endowment that has brought together scientists, music therapists, artists, and the public to explore music’s impact on the brain, health, and wellness. To launch this new network, the NEA and UCSF will hold a free virtual presentation on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT. The hourlong event will feature conversations with musicians with an interest in this area, including Esperanza Spalding, Renée Fleming, and Quetzal Flores. Topics at the virtual launch will include brain functioning, reducing social isolation, and promoting community solidarity. Sound Health Network will spotlight resources and services at its website. To register for the January 26 event, click here. Read Symphony magazine’s article about how orchestras and musicians are working to destigmatize mental illness.