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Musicians on Call
Every Person in New York

Since 1999, Musicians On Call has brought musical performances to New Yorkers most in need of music's healing powers: patients in healthcare facilities such as Memorial Sloane-Kettering, the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, NYU Langone and the oncology unit at Mount Sinai.

MOC is the non-profit group started by Michael Solomon and Vivek Tiwary. Almost two decades ago, Solomon brought Wynton Marsalis to perform in a common area at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in appreciation of the care the hospital had given to a friend who had battled cancer there. Afterwards, a staff member said some patients had been too ill to attend the concert and encouraged them to perform in the patients' rooms; Solomon saw the heartening effect this had on those patients. Musicians on Call grew out of that one day and, since then, they've arranged 300,000 bedside performances for critically ill New Yorkers.

You can support Musicians on Call by making a donation in any amount. For $500, you can sponsor a hospital room, which means that every week for a year, a musician will perform in a room at a facility of your choice. And musicians can volunteer their time.

Musicians on Call is one of the surest ways to spread some joy.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.

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