Music Policy

Music as an intimate and important part of our everyday lives, defining our moods, our social networks, and our identities. Yet, in the realm of public policy, music has a very small role. This week’s show examines the way that music can improve public health, drive economic growth, and help predict major social changes.


Dr. Lee Bartel, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Music Education at the University of Toronto, and Acting Director the Music and Health Research Collaboratory.

Randy McLean, Acting Film Commissioner and Acting Director, Strategic Growth and Sector Development, City of Toronto

Show Credits:

Show Producer: Jason Apostolopoulos

Hosts: Jim Elson and Jason Apostolopoulos

Chase Producer: Alana Rodrigo

Technical Producer: Daphne Cheung

Senior Producer: Matthew Seddon

One thought on “Music Policy

  1. Very interesting. Thank you. It brings to mind a wonderful book by Oliver Sachs called Musicophilia. As a music maker and music lover, I certainly believe in the power of music and am happy to hear it is being applied as “medicine.” I know it will take a while to “catch on” but programs like yours will help make it happen. As a social force, there is no doubt about its effectiveness. You wove together many values of music very well. Good job.

    However, permit me to add that the program seemed aimed at listeners in Toronto and other parts of Ontario. I am on the Canadian West Coast and have the same interests. Can you try to “include” your audience in the rest of the country? Thanks. 🙂

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