This past Friday Night (May 31), Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, rasied $330,000 at the Musicians On Call 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration held at at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashvile. The Celebration featured a live performance by headliner Blake Shelton and Cale Dodds.
The top honoree of the night was Shane Tarleton, SVP of Artist Development for Warner Music Nashville, who was recognized as the organization’s first Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and was awarded the first Platinum Guitar.
Universal Music Group Nashville recording artist Lauren Alaina received the Music Heals award.
Charlie Cook, VP/Country Formats, Cumulus Media, Operations Manager/Cumulus Media-Nashville, and Program Director/WSM-FM, received the Leadership in Music Golden Ukulele.
Musicians On Call started in 1999 in New York where it began the Bedside Performance Program, bringing Volunteer Guides and Volunteer Musicians into healthcare facilities to go room to room and perform for patients at their bedsides. In the past 20 years, this program has expanded to 20 major markets nationwide, including New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, New Orleans, San Francisco and more. More than 730,000 patients, family members and caregivers have experienced the healing power of music through this program.