Dear MOC Family, Like most of you, the Musicians On Call (MOC) team has been keeping a close watch on the news surrounding COVID-19. As of today, March 10, 2020, this is our best current view of the situation as it pertains to Musicians On Call. As the virus continues to spread across the country, many of our hospital partners have suspended volunteer programs in their facilities. This affects Musicians On Call volunteers and our Bedside Performance Program. Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with our team and healthcare partners, I’ve decided to pause our Bedside Performance Program for the next three weeks to ensure we are doing our part to keep our volunteers and the people […]
EXPANDING PROGRAMS TO DELIVER THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC
Musicians On Call has a vision of a world filled with the healing power of music. This vision is more critical now than ever.
We have streamlined our programming to meet the demand of hospital partners and offer program solutions that continue to give patients and caregivers access to music that supports the healing process by improving mood, pain tolerance and mental outlook, and providing a human connection. And now, social distancing is causing more of us to feel the same stress and anxiety that patients often feel when in the hospital, so we want to provide programming for anyone who can benefit. Musicians On Call (MOC) is focusing our efforts on bringing welcome relief to both hospital patients and anyone feeling isolated by expanding our Virtual Bedside Performance Program, Music Pharmacy and releasing the #MOCHeals Playlist. MOC has an opportunity to be truly “on call” and will transform how the healing power of music is used to improve the patient and human experience.
Virtual Bedside Performance Program
Musicians On Call’s Virtual Bedside Performance Program brings Volunteers Guides and Volunteer Musicians directly to patients, caregivers, and homebound seniors through 1×1 intimate performances and hospital-wide concerts. By utilizing video conferencing technology, Volunteer Guides host a live performances from a Volunteer Musician. Because of this unique set up, volunteers and those dialing in can be located all over the country and multiple hospitals can join at once.
Musicians On Call currently has 30 programs a month, with 20 participating hospital partners.
Musicians On Call’s Music Pharmacy gives patients innovative technology to access the healing power of music at their bedside, including tablets equipped with streaming music and noise cancelling headphones, with the help of Amazon Music and Bose. Each Music Pharmacy hospital recipient will receive three tablets with streaming services set-up and noise cancelling headphones. In addition, each Music Pharmacy has custom curated playlists featuring music that promotes positivity and healing for the hospital environment. Each Music Pharmacy is provided to hospitals completely set up, and ready for patient use.
MOC is growing the program at 3 times its current rate of distribution.
Musicians On Call released the #MOCHeals Playlist, a compilation of music videos recorded by MOC volunteers with patients in mind. This playlist is shared with hospital partners and is available to patients or anyone who may feel isolated, lonely or just in the need of a pick-me-up as a result of COVID-19.
Check out some of our volunteers below or view the playlist in its entirety on YouTube.