It’s no secret that music can help you feel better.
That’s why Musicians On Call brings music to the people who need it most – hospital patients.
Musicians On Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. By delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, we add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility. Since 1999, Musicians On Call volunteer musicians have performed for nearly 600,000 patients and their families.
There are 35 million hospital beds in the United States. Each occupied by a loved one or friend. We seek to change the cold, sterile environment in hospital rooms. Musicians On Call believes that all patients, families and caregivers should have access to and benefit from the healing power of live music. It has been demonstrated that music has a direct effect on people and can:
Improve Blood Pressure
Alleviate Pain and Improve Pain Tolerance
Access and Express Feelings
Enhance Memory and Access Positive Memories
Improve Mindset/Emotional Outlook
Promote Physical Rehabilitation
Reduce Length of Hospital Stay
Bedside Performance Program
We bring volunteers to hospitals to perform at the bedsides of patients. This simple process can bring about miraculous changes for patients. We’ve seen Veterans move their injured limbs to the music—and children smile for the first time since they’ve been in the hospital to receive treatment for cancer. These one-on-one interactions between musician and patient have the powerful effect of restoring the happiness that often fades away in healthcare facilities.
Our Programs In Action
Across the country, we deliver live music to the bedsides of patients. To date, we have performed for half a million patients, families and caregivers in 20 cities nationwide.
Our Work With Veterans
Musicians On Call is proud to serve our nation’s heroes. To date, MOC has played for over 23,000 Veterans and their families through our Bedside Performance Programs at these healthcare facilities
Virtual Bedside Performances
The Virtual Bedside Performance Program broadcasts to patients at various healthcare facilities or to homebound patients through Google Hangouts or a similar interactive video calling service..
Project Playback gives patients the chance to write and record their own original music with a Musicians On Call volunteer. The songs are recorded in the hospital and then we host a CD release party for the patients, family and caregivers to celebrate their work.
Musicians On Call provides hospitals with complete, customized music libraries and players for patient use. To date, we’ve sent over 170,000 CDs to more than 800 healthcare facilities.