NOTICE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Musicians On Call has paused the Bedside Performance Program and is not processing new volunteers. Click here to learn more about how we are currently bringing music to patients or click here to be notified when we have volunteer opportunities available.

How To Become A Musicians On Call Volunteer

Musicians On Call has two decades of experience working with the country’s top hospitals to deliver the healing power of music to patients. Our staff makes sure volunteers are familiar with the sensitive nature of the hospital and are trained on HIPAA, infection control, and patient interaction to ensure the safety of patients and volunteers alike. Check out the video below to learn more about our 5-step process to becoming a Musicians On Call Volunteer!


You don’t have to play an instrument to be a rockstar. Musicians On Call is accepting applications for both Volunteer Guides and Volunteer Musicians in areas across the United States.

Musicians On Call has programs across the country, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh NC, San Francisco, San Jose, Springfield MO, Washington D.C.

Click here to view a list of our locations.  

Don’t see your area listed? Musicians On Call is working to develop technology that will help us expand. Click here to become a champion for Musicians On Call and tell us about your interest in volunteering in your area.

Become a Volunteer Guide

What Do Volunteer Guides Do?
Musicians On Call Volunteer Guides escort Volunteer Musicians room-to-room during the Musicians On Call Bedside Performance Programs within healthcare facilities. Volunteer Guides ask patients if they feel like hearing a song and introduce the musicians prior to their performances at patients’ bedsides. You do not need to be musically inclined or a performer to be a Volunteer Guide, you just need to have a passion for music as part of the healing process.

The Volunteer Guide is the “eyes and ears” of Musicians On Call during the Bedside Performance Program as well as the liaison between the hospital and the Volunteer Musician. Most importantly, each Volunteer Guide is assigned to a specific healthcare facility and learns the protocols, policies and expectations of the facility in which they volunteer and are responsible for making sure these guidelines are upheld during the program. Musicians On Call provides on-site training to help the Volunteer Guides gain a level of comfort as they interact with the musicians, caregivers, patients, and their family and friends.

Become a Volunteer Musician

What Do Volunteer Musicians Do?
Musicians On Call Volunteer Musicians deliver the healing power of music by going room-to-room to perform acoustically for patients, their families and staff during Musicians On Call’s Bedside Performance Program. Musicians On Call serves patients from a wide demographic including infants to the elderly affected by conditions that keep them hospitalized for in-patient care, or alternatively, hospice or long-term care. Volunteer Musicians are always accompanied by a trained Musicians On Call Volunteer Guide who is familiar with each hospital’s protocols and procedures. While nearly all performances are in patients’ rooms, occasionally a musician may play for small groups (in the lobby, dining room, etc.).

Have more questions about volunteering? Check out our FAQ!




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