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This week is Music Heals week and we’re drawing your attention to the importance of music in people’s lives, how music helps you through good times and bad. Music can have powerful healing impact/influence and nowhere is that more evident through WXPN’s Musicians On Call program.

Musicians On Call is a program that brings live music and performing musicians to the bedsides of patients in seven area hospital throughout our region. Over 80,000 patients have been recipients of WXPN’s Musicians On Call program.

Your support of Musicians On Call with a contribution will make a big difference in people’s lives. You can contribute with a one time donation, or join us on October 2nd for WXPN’s 3rd annual 5K run at Penn Park in West Philadelphia. Early bird registration is happening now.

You Can Help Deliver the Healing Power of Music!

Make a tax deductible donation, or sign up for WXPN’s 5k run to support Musicians On Call here.

Music Heals Series

The healing power of music that is at the heart of WXPN Musicians On Call is the focus of a series of audio features available for on demand listening. XPN Morning Show News Director Bob Bumbera explore talk with musicians, therapists, and others about the impact music has made in people’s lives.

XPN Marketing Director Kim Winnick shares her story about how Musicians On Call impacted her and her brother Keith's spiritual being during his illness with lymphoma.

To learn more about Music Heals Listen here.

Bedside Performance Program

Bedside Performances are provided each week by volunteer local musicians who go room-to-room at participating healthcare facilities and perform for patients and their families. Musicians are escorted during their visits by volunteer guides who are selected and trained to meet the requirements of both the WXPN Musician On Call program and the participating healthcare facility.

Since 2004, WXPN Musicians On Call has made a difference in the lives of more than 80,000 patients and their families by bringing live music to the bedsides of patients through weekly programs at:

WXPN Musicians On Call is the non-profit partnership between WXPN and the successful New York-based Musicians On Call program. Working with the New York office on training and bookings, WXPN calls on its community of local musicians and passionate listeners to deliver the WXPN Musicians On Call services. A groundswell of volunteer support makes these programs possible.

XPN 5k Run

Bring the family to this scenic USATF certified 5K run to support WXPN Musicians On Call. Enjoy the course through beautiful Penn Park at the University of Pennsylvania. The course begins and ends at the park entrance across from the lower level of WXPN/World Cafe Live at 31st Street below the Walnut Street Bridge. Net proceeds from the XPN 5K RUN benefit WXPN Musicians On Call.


Project Playback

Through this unique program, WXPN Musicians On Call pairs up a professional musician with long-term residents at a healthcare facility for six to eight weekly sessions in order to create original music. Once created, the songs are pressed on a CD and a CD Release Party is held for the patients and their families. Most recently, musician Scot Sax led a Project Playback series with the residents at the Veterans Administration Community Living Center in West Philadelphia. Learn more and sample two of the songs produced here: TheKey.XPN.org.

Songs to Lift Your Spirits

Tune into some music to soothe your soul with this Spotify playlist featuring most of the music from the 88 Songs To Lift Your Spirit Countdown that aired on WXPN in April 2013. Find it here.

You Can Help Deliver the Healing Power of Music!

Make a Tax Deductible Donation Here

Become a Volunteer Musician or Guide

  • Musicians perform for hospital patients and their families in private rooms, waiting areas, and recreation rooms. Generally we look for soloists and duos to play. We ask that you commit to 12 hospital visits per year (amounting to roughly two hours per month) and to attend an orientation program.
  • Guides meet musicians at the hospital, communicate with hospital staff, introduce musicians to patients, walk with musicians as they go from room to room, and generally facilitate the Musicians On Call experience.

    After an interview and training session, new guides accompany experienced guides twice before becoming a "full-fledged" guide. We ask that guides give a time commitment of 24 visits per year. Since the average minimum monthly time requirement is only four hours per month, you can participate in the program, spread the healing power of music, and still have time to listen to XPN!

    To apply: Complete the online application today. Please allow at least two weeks for the NYC Musicians On Call office to review your application and get back to you.

Videos - Mending the Spirit

Amos Lee and others share their experience as a volunteer musician.

Watch the WXPN community deliver the healing power of music.

Moved to Tears

WXPN Musicians On Call Serving Patients in Healthcare Facilities Throughout the Delaware Valley

"The visit from the harpist was so appreciated by the patient and his wife (on their 25th wedding anniversary). His wife was moved to tears and the patient was so tickled, he was taking his own pictures on his cell phone. Although he can't speak, you could see the twinkle in his eyes. The staff agreed that although a short visit, it went a long way in lifting the spirit."
~Carole A. Paskie, Coordinator
Patient & Guest Relations, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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