It also heals.
Formed in 1999, Musicians on Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Musicians On Call uses music to promote and complement the healing process for patients, families and caregivers.
Musicians On Call was originally founded by Michael Solomon and Vivek Tiwary in the course of their volunteer work with The Kristen Ann Carr Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
To date, the organization has brought music to over 160,000 patients, their families and caregivers. They have programs in New York, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Miami. In addition to their bedside performance program, they’ve also created 320 CD Pharmacies in facilities across the country (and internationally). And their Project Playback program gives patients the opportunity to have their original music recorded and produced.
On October 16th, 2009, Musicians on Call proudly announced that their program has expanded to V.A. medical centers nationwide, with bedside performance programs in Philadelphia and Nashville and CD Libraries in over 40 medical center in 30 states.
You can listen to music performed by select Musicians on Call volunteers via the MOC Jukebox. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen – you’ll discover an incredible array of musical styles performed by extraordinarily talented and compassionate individuals.
So please take a moment and think: what does music mean to you? What is your favorite song? When has music played a big part in your life? What would it mean to you, if you were in the hospital, to have access to a CD Library, or to have a musician visit you to play music at your bedside? Can you close your eyes and imagine what a difference it would make?
Consider: just $10 brings one song to the bedside of a patient in a healthcare facility, so every donation helps, no matter how small. Please donate now to support Musicians on Call in their mission to being the healing power of music to those in need. You can also visit the 12for12k Musician’s on Call post to learn more or to view our progress.
If you can’t afford to donate financially, perhaps you have new or gently used classical or children’s cds to donate to the CD Library program.
I’d love to hear from you if you have a moment: what does music mean to you? What music do you associate with different memories or feelings? Do you have a personal story about the healing power of music that you’d like to share? Did you find a favorite song on the MOC Jukebox? (I did!)
Thanks for reading!