Thursday, 17 February 2011
From here on out, each Tuesday (or possibly Wednesday because I procrastinate frequently) I'll be writing an article about a worthy cause. For this week, I'll be featuring the non-profit organization Musicians on Call.
Musicians on Call was founded in 1999 by Michael Solomon and Vivek J. Tiwary. Their mission is to bring "live & recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities." Since it was founded, MOC has provided music to over 250,000 patients and family members. The staff, volunteers, and musicians with MOC understand how truly powerful and healing music can be, and their aim is to make their hospital experience better.
I think it's awesome that this foundation supports improving the mood and morale of individuals stuck in a hospital. With the exception of where you view newborn babies, hospitals are a pretty depressing place. No one wants to be sick AND disheartened. Bedside performances isn't the only program that MOC offers, though. They also have a program called CD Pharmacy. In this program, MOC gives hospitals a complete collection (library) of music and a collection of personal CD players to be used by the patients for FREE. The final program--and the coolest, in my opinion--is called Project Playback. Basically, Project Playback gives the patient a chance to record and produce their own music. How cool is that?
If your interests have been piqued, then you should follow this link to find out more about this organization.
Are there any other worthy causes you'd like to tell us about? Share in the comments section.