Musicians on Call – the Healing Power of Music

Music.  It brings people together like nothing else.  It evokes a wide range of emotions.  It makes us love, laugh, cry, dance, smile, sing, think, feel, and reminisce.

It also heals.

Musicians On Call is 12for12k’s October charity.

Musicians on Call

Musicians on Call

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!



Filed under 12for12k, fundraising, non-profits

6 responses to “Musicians on Call – the Healing Power of Music

  1. adamtree

    I had not heard of MOC untill this month. It is one of my favorite 12for12k choices thus far, and my wife says it’s the best one yet.

    I’m excited to see how we can help out this meaningful charity.

    -James A Woods

    • Mickey

      Isn’t it great, James? I think I agree with your wife – creative approach to addressing an unmet need. And the musicians are incredible – such variety and such talent.

      Now we have to get to work on getting a charity that promotes reading, eh? 😉

      Cheers, and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Mickey!

    Thank you so much for this very informative post! I had no idea what *Music on Call* meant until I read this post!

    Ahh, music is nectar for the soul, every note very much a part of the symphony!

    I have many favorite songs but the best song is the song that comes from my lover’s heart!

    Awesome post, Mickey! And thanks for writing it!

    Love Always,

    • Mickey

      Great comments, Henie, thanks so much!

      Music is indeed nectar for the soul, and I love your statement, “I have many favorite songs but the best song is the song that comes from my lover’s heart!” So true! I wish I had your way with words. 🙂

  3. “music to over 160,000 patients”

    That’s terrific! Bravo to Musicians on Call.
    I love the concept and am glad to hear more about it.
    I think most of us have favorite songs that take us back to good times… I do for certain, and it’s deeply personal. I’d hate to lose the music that’s helped me get through the rough times and joined me in celebrating the good times. Music is a powerful force, of course, of course. YES. Thanks for the blog and again BRAVO to Musicians On Call.

    • Mickey

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment and share your insights, I really appreciate it! I feel the same way, which is why this month’s charity means so much to me. Cheers!

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