Sia, Lauren Alaina, Darius Rucker and more stars joined Musicians On Call (MOC) and Hyundai Hope On Wheels‘ new series Healing Through Music that surprises hospital patients and caregivers with once-in-a-lifetime performances that launched Wednesday (May 20).
MOC works to uplift bedridden patients with music, while Hyundai Hope On Wheels remains committed to finding a cure to cancer in children. The two non-profit organizations join forces for the next four weeks to bring patients (virtually) closer to their favorite artists and hundreds of hospital staffers in one room for a special tribute show. Healing Through Music uses the technology behind MOC’s Virtual Bedside Performance Program to connect musicians to those in the hospital through the facilities’ closed-circuit TVs and in-home services for easy access.
“Hospital patients are currently facing higher levels of isolation and caregivers are pulling double duty with both their traditional roles and COVID-19 response. In such a stressful environment, music can have a profound positive impact,” said MOC President & CEO Pete Griffin in a press release. “With the support of Hyundai Hope On Wheels, and the help of many of Musicians On Call’s compassionate artist supporters, it is our honor to share the healing qualities of music with the people who need it most and bring joy during strenuous days. We hope these performances will give these incredibly deserving patients and healthcare professionals some unforgettable moments to hold onto.”
Audiences at home can still delight in the performances, which will air on MOC and Hyundai Hope On Wheels’ social media accounts every weekday at 7 p.m. ET to align with hospital shift changes and people’s daily expression of gratitude for their healthcare heroes. Scott Fink, Hyundai Hope on Wheels Chair, expressed his gratitude for the partnership with MOC because music really does heal, according to the organization’s decades-long research.
“For the last 22 years, Hyundai has partnered with children’s hospitals nationwide to help kids fight cancer,” Fink said in the release. “Children battling cancer and other diseases can be in the hospital for extended periods of time and research shows that music has positive benefits during treatment. We are pleased to work with Musicians On Call to bring the healing power of music to children in hospitals across the country, especially during this period of increased stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Check out the Healing Through Music series trailer and this week’s lineup below.
Also supporting children in the hospital through music is guitarist Marcus King, who has joined with Gibson and My MusicRx, the Children’s Cancer Association’s (CCA) flagship program, to provide guitar lessons for CCA-served children. Starting June 3, King and more than a dozen other Gibson Generation Group artists will give hospitalized children the chance to learn how to play an instrument via a virtual music mentorship.