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The Issue: Lifting the Spirits of Patients Confined to Hospital Beds

There are 942,000 hospital beds in the United States and 66% of them are occupied at any given time, according to 2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No matter how nice the healthcare facility is, being confined to a hospital bed for an extended period of time can wear on a patient's spirit. An uplifting medium like music can go a long way towards cheering someone up.

But the positive effects of such influences aren’t purely intangible. Studies show that music may help improve cardiovascular health and significantly decrease patients' anxiety levels in a preoperative setting.

The Campaign: Sponsoring Bedside Music for Hospital Patients

All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Musicians On Call to sponsor live hospital-room performances for those dealing with illness or injury. For every $500 raised, the organization can sponsor weekly volunteer performances in one hospital room for an entire year through its Bedside Performance Program.

Musicians On Call

The volunteers of Musicians On Call's Bedside Performance Program may not have gone through med school, but that doesn't mean they're not healers. In fact, in some cases the responses they're able to elicit from their small hospital-room audiences—a smile on a stress-racked face, a foot moving ever so slightly to the music—are enough to make most doctors jealous.

The concept is as simple as it is unconventional: a volunteer knocks on a hospital door and asks if the room's occupant would like to hear some music. Patients who agree are treated to a brief private concert, a respite from the anxiety and monotony that can characterize even brief hospital stays. These miniature performances are so effective that in its 14 years of existence the organization has garnered support from celebrities across the musical spectrum and has grown to include branches in six cities: New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Through these branches, it's arranged for more than 400,000 patients, family members, and caregivers to rest their minds and recharge their spirits through the power of live music.

Live music, however, isn't the only salve in Musicians On Call's arsenal. Hospitals in all 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and Ireland, have received comprehensive CD libraries, as well as CD players, as part of the organization's Music Pharmacy program.

NBC Nightly News features MOC from Ebie McFarland on Vimeo.

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In a Nutshell

Donation to help sponsor a year of bedside musical performances for hospital patients battling illness or injury

The Fine Print

100% of donations go directly to Musicians On Call. Donations are automatically applied. See Grassroots FAQs that apply to this campaign. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.