In addition to heeling savage beasts into tractable submission, music also maintains the ability to help heal pain, reduce stress, and lower blood pressure. Musicians on Call harnesses these mending powers and broadcasts them into hospital rooms across the country, in the form of live music performances. In addition to soothing patients, these intimate shows bring peace to patients' families and friends, as well as caregivers.
Since 1999, more than 250,000 patients and their families have received a unique, personalized dose of the organization's aural medicine. Hospital beds are never desirable destinations and stays for children and teens can be particularly stressful, so Musicians on Call serves several New York children's hospitals with the mission to ease pediatric and parental anxieties. Although the person-power that fuels the organization is largely volunteer-based, the costs of volunteer training, transportation, and coordination limit shows to a lesser number than Musicians on Call would like to provide.
Join G-Team to support shows in the rooms of Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx. If $500 is raised, 50 children and teens will get front-row seats to personal concerts. Giving levels of $5, $10, or $30 are available. Donors who give $30 get a Musicians on Call T-Shirt.
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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.
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