WXPN 5k Run for Musicians On Call

Sunday, October 16 (Virtual Run/Walk 10/09-10/16) Directions
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 hospitals throughout our region. Drawing on WXPN's strong relationship with the local music community, volunteer musicians led by volunteer guides began providing in-room, bedside performances for patients and their caregivers in Delaware Valley hospitals in 2004.

In 2020, Musicians On Call expanded its virtual programs to reach more patients and caregivers during the pandemic and was one of few charities able to continue providing programming directly to hospitals over the last 2+ years.  Although in-person visits are temporarily paused because of COVID-19, WXPN Musicians On Call is prepared to return to in-person programming when it is safe and we’re hopeful for a return later this year.

Current programs include:

  • 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.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Virtual Bedside Performance program has reached 4,598 individuals (inclusive of patients, family, and hospital staff), another 7,500 individuals have taken advantage of the Music Pharmacy at their hospital site, and the #MOCHeals Playlist has been viewed 12,234 times on YouTube. (Photos courtesy of Musicians On Call)

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