Local 802 AFM Musicians Partner with NYC Health + Hospitals & The Mayor's Office of Media And Entertainment To Launch "Music for the Soul" For Our Medical Heroes & Their Patients
(NEW YORK CITY) - This week, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians (AFM) launched "Music for the Soul of NYC's Health + Hospitals Heroes" in partnership with The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Health + Hospitals.
This new series will support the 43,000 Staff at New York City’s 11 public hospitals and their patients, funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and employing Local 802 Musicians under Union Contracts.
Music for the Soul is designed to inspire our heroic medical community, connect isolated patients to the outside world, and provide paid Union work for Musicians, who may be struggling financially, Officials said.
The series will feature a variety of professional New York City Musicians performing songs requested by Health Workers and patients at New York City Public Hospitals, as well as some of the Musicians’ personal favorites.
The Musicians – who’ll be playing from home – will also be performing songs that local hospitals have used to celebrate patients successfully coming off ventilators.
“Music ‘is truly a healing force,’” AFM Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer said. “Our Musicians ‘are honored to share the gift of music with hospital patients, as well as with the courageous Medical Workers who are putting their lives on the line for all of us.’”
The series kicked off this week with performances by special guest Tony Bennett, followed by Local 802 Musician Rachel Z Hakim, Rosanne Cash and her husband John Leventhal, and Local 802 Musician Richard Frank.
A variety of talented New York City Musicians will be performing over the next several weeks, including Questlove, who will present a special DJ set, and Indie Pop Band AJR.
Through July 3rd, Music for the Soul will be livestreamed on NYC Health + Hospital’s Facebook page every day from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. (ET).