January 21, 2013

4 Ways to Give Back and Volunteer Through Music

On this day, we celebrate the work of Martin Luther King Jr. by honoring his memory with a day of community service. It is important to take time, not just to work towards your goals and accomplishments, but to give back as well. Here are five ways you can volunteer or give back through music.

Musicians on Call

This wonderful organization brings music to hospital patients in an effort to help them feel better. They bring both live musical performances and recorded music through "CD Pharmacies" to help patients who are too sick to get out of bed. These performances help lift their spirits, help them relax, and help them heal. The organization was founded in New York but now it has locations in Nashville, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. You can help by volunteering or even donating CDs.

Find Out More Here.


Lifebeat was founded 20 years ago and works to raise HIV/AIDS awareness among America's youth through music. It also works with the music industry to provide support and musical performances to those living with HIV/AIDS.

Find out how to volunteer.
Donate $5 by texting LIFEBEAT to 85944.

GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares

MusicCares and The GRAMMY Foundation are two organizations I have written about before because I am incredibly passionate about the amazing work they do. These two non-profits are sister organizations of The Record Academy, the organization behind The GRAMMY Awards. MusiCares provides "a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need." The provide a remarkable array of important services including free medical and dental clinics, financial assistance, addiction recovery, education, and other resources. They have helped musicians get back on their feet after the devastating effects of the Hurricane Katrina, the Nashville floods, and, most recently, Hurricane Sandy. The GRAMMY Foundation works to advance music education by offering grants for schools and some pretty amazing opportunities for students to work with leading music industry figures through programs like GRAMMY Camp and GRAMMY Career Day.

Donate to MusiCares to help musicians in need.
Donate to help fund GRAMMY in the Schools.
Find out how to get involved with The GRAMMY Foundation.

Serve.gov is an online resource for finding and organizing volunteer opportunities throughout the country. It allows you to search based on your interests and location. It is full of great ways to participate in work helping all sorts of causes including opportunities to volunteer with non-profit music organizations, to teach music students in areas of need, and to give back by performing in retirement homes and other communities.

Find a volunteer opportunity near you.
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