In a groundbreaking event that brought together the worlds of music, science, health, and technology, Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG), and Arianna Huffington, CEO of Thrive Global, hosted the inaugural Music and Health summit in Los Angeles. This conference marked a significant milestone in recognizing and harnessing the therapeutic and medical potential of music. This sheds light on its profound impact on our mental and physical well-being.
The conference, emceed by Dean Willow Bay from USC, featured a stellar lineup of speakers and experts who explored the diverse facets of music’s role in health and wellness. Among the highlights was a conversation with legendary producer Rick Rubin, who discussed the connection between creativity, music, and well-being.
One of the key takeaways from the event was the convergence of scientific research and music’s healing properties. Distinguished experts such as Dr. Lisa Miller, Dr. Daniel Levitin, Dr. Assal Habibi, Jaron Lanier, and neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Rezai dove into the latest findings in the field, emphasizing how music can augment medical treatment and preventive health measures.
Sir Lucian Grainge underscored the significance of music in people’s lives, stating, “I have experienced countless examples of how music can change people’s mood, comfort them in times of emotional crisis, or even help them physically.” He revealed UMG’s commitment to making music an integral part of their strategy, with cutting-edge technologies like AI and therapeutics driving innovative developments at the intersection of music and health.
Arianna Huffington highlighted the conference’s aim to move beyond anecdotes and explore the scientific underpinnings of music’s impact on mental and physical health. She announced Thrive Global’s partnership with UMG, integrating Universal’s music catalog into Thrive Reset, a stress reduction product that employs music and breathing techniques to shift users from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system in just one minute.
In recent years, UMG has taken a leading role in exploring how music can play a pivotal role in health and well-being. Their music is now being used in various therapeutic applications, including stroke and traumatic brain injury recovery, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and the management of conditions like anxiety and sleep disorders.
The conference also showcased groundbreaking innovations, such as MedRhythms’ InTandem device, listed with the FDA as the world’s first prescription digital therapeutic product that uses music to aid patients in relearning to walk after strokes. UMG’s music, tailored to each patient’s progress, is an integral part of this pioneering approach.
UMG’s partnership with soundBrilliance was also announced during the event. This collaboration involves using UMG’s music catalog in closed clinical trials aimed at advancing music and health research. These trials will develop tools and exercises to help individuals better manage emotional balance, fitness, quality sleep, and pain control. Additionally, UMG unveiled Sollos, an upcoming music-centric wellness app that leverages cognitive science and proprietary audio technology to Support focus, relaxation, and sleep.
The conference was not all lectures and presentations; it also celebrated the artistic and creative aspects of music. Artists like Chelsea Cutler and Chad Lawson showcased the therapeutic power of music through performances and interactive sessions. The event closed with a special conversation about music and mental health between Grainge, Huffington, and singer, businesswoman, and actress Selena Gomez.
The Music + Health conference was a significant milestone in recognizing and harnessing the healing power of music. It brought together experts from diverse fields to explore the intersection of music, science, health, and technology. With partnerships and innovations unveiled at the event, it is clear that the marriage of music and health is a promising frontier that holds the potential for improving our well-being in ways we are only beginning to understand. As the conference demonstrated, music is not merely an art form but a force for good that can transform lives and enhance our overall health and happiness.
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