Carers' Music Fund
Most carers in the UK are women, and women make up 72% of those in receipt of the Carers Living Allowance. The Carers’ Music Fund puts women and girls with caring responsibilities front and centre, providing opportunities for fun, creative expression and self (re)-discovery through music making.
The Carers’ Music Fund was made possible by funding that Spirit of 2012 received from the Tampon Tax Fund, awarded through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The Tampon Tax Fund was set up to allocate the money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Spirit was awarded £1.5 million from the fund in March 2019. Spirit topped up the funding with an additional £400,000 to create an access pot to fund activities that support the people being ‘cared for’ (of any gender) and provide flexible ways of breaking down barriers to engagement.
This could include paying for alternative care or funding taxis so that carers spend less time travelling to and from sessions. Spirit’s access pot hopes to increase the accessibility of the projects by providing person-centred support that is flexible to participants’ circumstances.
Spirit have partnered with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, Carers UK, Apteligent and the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to support the learning and evaluation of the projects. The key areas of learning we hope to explore are: What works best for female carers? What role does music play in the success of the projects?
There are ten projects running across the UK under the Carers’ Music Fund. The projects work with diverse groups of female carers and engage with varied forms of music-making during sessions. Find out more about each project using the links below.