The Music Project was formed in 2005 by Nicole and Will Latham. Nicole and Will’s inspiration for setting up the charity was the result of a moment a few of years before, when they took their eldest daughter visit Nicole’s grandmother.
At the time, Nicole’s grandmother was living in care, and hadn’t spoken a word for nearly three years. But when she saw her granddaughter for the first time, she started singing, didn’t stop for thirty minutes, and said her first words in years.
For Nicole and Will, this was a spark that would drive years of hard work. In that moment, they’d realised the importance of music, particularly for the memory and well-being of the older generation. This realisation snowballed into a number of years of research, and in turn, the desire to bring attention to the part music can play in helping those with dementia and learning difficulties.
In 2005, Nicole and Will set up The Music Project, taking over at the same time the work of a small local charity called Creative Kids, which provided singing sessions for parents and young children.
Combining the focus of Creative Kids with their earlier inspiration, The Music Project was formed with a wider remit – to bring younger and older generations together through intergenerational music programmes to support those living with dementia and learning difficulties.
The Music Project’s first programme was delivered in 2008. And in the years since, the charity has worked in local communities with a variety of charitable organisations, schools, nurseries and care homes across numerous programmes and projects.
These organisations have included The Wakefield & Tetley Trust, The Pumphouse Educational Museum, The Brent Museum, The London Workshop Company, The Big Lottery Fund and The London Development Company, amongst many others.
Nearly fifteen years later, The Music Project is going strong, and - driven by a passionate believe in the transformative power of music - is looking to expand geographically to grow its reach and impact.