MOC Celebrates Veterans Day with Special Music Programs Across the Country
Musicians On Call is celebrating Veterans Day by delivering the healing power of music to Veterans, their families and caregivers in 14 VA facilities nationwide.
Musicians on Call and Pandora are partnering to bring the healing power of music, with artist Matt Nathanson and Pandora Employee volunteers to the Veterans at San Francisco VA Medical Center. The partnership is as a part of the Pandora Gives program, which works to unleash the infinite power of music by supporting organizations that bring music enrichment to the communities in which they operate.
Pandora will also be giving out 200 Amazon Fire tablets, headphones and Pandora Plus subscriptions so patients can enjoy the healing power of music via the Pandora app anytime in San Francisco and across the country. The donation supports MOC’s Music Pharmacy Program, which provides hospitals with customized music libraries and players and marks the first digital streaming version of the program.
In Atlanta, MOC hosted Capitol Records Nashville’s Jon Pardi, one of country music’s fastest-rising newcomers. Jon Pardi took a stop from his national Me and My Kind Tour with Kip Moore to brighten the day of Veterans by performing his #1 hit, “Head Over Boots.”
“It was an honor to spend time today with the Veterans who have given so much of their lives and time serving this country,” said Jon Pardi.
In Los Angeles, MOC welcomed Epic Records recording artist Wrabel who performed his hit “11 blocks” for patients. Special performances were also celebrated with performances from local musicians in Nashville, Boston, New York, and Phoenix who honored Veterans playing patriotic tunes. To date, MOC has performed for over 36,000 Veterans through its Bedside Performance Program.
“At Musicians On Call, we like to think every day is Veterans Day which is why we are so proud of our year round music programs serving Veterans across the country, ” said Pete Griffin, Musicians On Call President. “Veterans Day is a special opportunity to shine a light on the service of these wonderful men and women, and highlight our amazing volunteers and partners, like Pandora, who are committed to use music as a tool to help Veterans heal. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve our Veterans, and MOC is committed to serving many more as our programs grow in new cities.”
The Veterans Day special performances are a part of MOC’s Half A Million Moments campaign, celebrating MOC’s milestone of playing for half a million patients, families and caregivers.
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Featured image: Musicians On Call President Pete Griffin and Pandora CEO Tim Westergren help a Veteran create their own Pandora One station as a part of MOC’s Music Pharmacy Program.