Musicians On Call (MOC) has kicked off a yearlong campaign titled Half a Million Moments after reaching a milestone of having played for half a million patients. The nonprofit organization brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.
The campaign’s goal is to celebrate this milestone by thanking the champions that helped MOC reach the milestone, asking volunteers and supporters to share their stories of their favorite moment bringing music to hospitals using #MOCMoments, and to raise funds and support to help MOC serve the next half a million people. Throughout the year, MOC will be hosting Half A Million Moments Celebrations across the country including New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Cleveland.
“I’ve been a Musicians On Call volunteer for over 10 years now and I’ve experienced so many memorable moments performing at the bedsides of patients. I’m so happy that Musicians On Call has reached half a million patients, families and caregivers,” said Gavin DeGraw. “I’m a total believer in the healing power of music and grateful to Musicians On Call for providing me the opportunity to perform for and even with patients in need.”
In an effort to connect supporters to the patients they serve, MOC is announcing its new Backstage Pass Club. Supporters who donate or raise $500 on behalf of Musicians On Call will receive a limited-edition, numbered Backstage Pass, entering them to win cool prizes like concert tickets, autographed items and music themed prizes.
The $500 raised then sponsors a hospital room for one year that an MOC volunteer will visit weekly and deliver “Backstage” performances to the bedsides of patients. Each patient will receive an actual Backstage Pass sticker, just like the commemorative pass that the supporter will receive, connecting each donor with the patients MOC serves.
“We’re proud to say that Musicians On Call is the largest provider of volunteers bringing live music at the bedsides of patients in hospitals,” said Pete Griffin, MOC President. “We couldn’t have reached this many lives without the support of our volunteers, musicians, donors, hospital staff, partners, Advisory Board Members and Board of Directors who help us deliver the healing power of music in 18 cities across the country.”
In addition, MOC is excited to announce a nationwide partnership with Hard Rock Cafe who will host Volunteer Appreciation events to give thanks to its Volunteer Guides and Musicians. Musicians On Call has thousands of dedicated volunteers and supporters across the country who will take part in these events.
These momentous campaigns follow the success of the Rock The Room Tour, which raised over $387,000 for Musicians On Call over the course of three events in Nashville, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The Rock The Room Tour was created to raise awareness of the impact music has on healing, honor leaders in entertainment and philanthropy and raise funds for Musicians On Call in order to continue making a difference in the lives of patients through its unique “bedside tours” in hospitals.
Musicians On Call (MOC) was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities ranging from children’s hospitals to adult facilities, VA hospitals and hospices. To date, its volunteers have played for half a million people across the country. By delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, they add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility.
MOC supporters over the years include Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Reba, Gavin DeGraw, Darius Rucker, Pharrell, Amos Lee, Nick Jonas, Rachel Platten and many more.
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