WXPN 5k Run for Musicians On Call

Sunday, October 17 (Virtual Run/Walk 10/10-10/17)
WXPN Musicians On Call

It’s no secret that music can help you feel better. 
That’s why WXPN Musicians On Call brings music to the people who need it most – hospital patients.

WXPN Musicians On Call brings live music to the bedsides of patients in nine area hospital throughout our region. Drawing on WXPN's strong relationship with the local music community, volunteer musicians led by volunteer guides have been providing in-room, bedside performances for patients and their caregivers in Delaware Valley hospitals since 2004.

With COVID-19 restrictions preventing or limiting in-hospital patient visits, bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients and their caregivers is more important than ever. While in-person visits are currently suspended, here is what we're doing to bring joy to hospital-bound patients:

  • Hosting Virtual Bedside Performance Program brings volunteers guides and volunteer musicians directly to patients and caregivers through 1×1 intimate performances and hospital-wide concerts.  By utilizing video conferencing technology, volunteer guides host a 30- to 60-minute live session with performances from a volunteer musician. Guides and musicians interact, tell stories, and can even answer patient questions passed to them from hospital staff.
  • Deploying Music Pharmacies consisting of tablets equipped with streaming services and top-of-the-line headphones to provide patients access to music right at their bedside. Each Music Pharmacy is provided to hospitals completely set up, and ready for patient use - complete with helpful materials for program management including instructions as well as logs for tracking tablet usage. All equipment has been carefully selected to be easily sanitized between use.
  • Sharing #MOCheals Playlists created by volunteer musicians from across the country who have come together to dedicate a song to aid the healing process. This playlist is intended to bring joy to patients, hospital staff, or anyone who may feel isolated, lonely or just in the need of a pick-me-up as a result of the pandemic.


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