Raising The Blues, Ltd. programs and initiatives are made possible in part by the generous support of:

Genzyme Corporation

NAMM Foundation



Initiatives & Goals

  • Bringing interactive musical performances to children undergoing medical treatment and recovery.

In connection with this initiative, our volunteer and professional musicians bring musical performances and interactive musical opportunities to children undergoing medical treatment or recovery, and children with physical, emotional or educational challenges.

We can provide performances in hospital, rehabilitation facilities, schools, special education settings or other appropriate venues.

We can provide music performance and education to children at special needs camps. We can bring musicians/educators to camps to provide music education and interactive music performance to the children in attendance at medical-needs or special-needs camps.

  • Providing musical training and instruments to children undergoing medical treatment or recovery and children with physical, emotional or educational challenges.

In connection with this initiative, we seek to identify children who could benefit emotionally, physically or educationally from musical training. Children will be offered a choice of instrument (such as guitar, bass, harmonica) and will be provided an appropriate instrument and lessons.

  • Providing music therapy by certified Music Therapists.

Music Therapy is an increasingly recognized intervention for children with medical, physical, emotional or educational challenges. In connection with this initiative, we seek to raise funds to utilize certified Music Therapists to provide therapeutic services.

  • Providing scholarships for musical training.

It is our hope that exposure to Blues music will inspire children to pursue further training in music. In connection with this initiative we hope to encourage musical education through scholarship programs.


Raising The BluesTM

Music, Memory & Healing Program

Raising The BluesTM Music, Memory & Healing Program sets out the following specific aims:


(i) Expansion of The Raising The Blues pediatric Hospital-Based Services, including interactive musical performances in hospital playrooms and room-to-room performances for children unable to leave their hospital rooms.

(ii) Provision of harmonicas to pediatric patients and children receiving Raising The BluesTM services to allow them to obtain a traditional Blues-based instrument.

(iii) Opening of the Raising The BluesTM - Summer Camp Partnership, to provide musical programming and education to children in medical-needs camps or special-needs camps.


(iv) Development of a Raising The BluesTM Compilation CDs to enhance musical memory and reinforcement of the Raising The BluesTM musical experience.

(v) Provision of performance/recital CDs to the children in the Raising The BluesTM Summer Camp Partnership program.


Supporting the work of Music Therapists and Child Life Specialists by bringing interactive musical opportunities, music access, music education and instruments to children undergoing medical treatment and recovery, including in-patient pediatric hospitals and medical-needs or special-needs summer camps.

The population that Raising The Blues, Ltd. is founded to serve are children undergoing medical treatment and recovery and children with physical, emotional or educational challenges.

Specifically, the current Raising The BluesTM programs are directed to children in hospitals or medical recovery programs & children with unique life challenges.

An Unmet Need: Children admitted to hospitals are faced with a dramatic change in their daily life and environment. In addition to coping with their immediate medical challenges, they are faced with export from their home and import to an in-patient medical facility, which concomitantly alters their customary physical surrounding, foods, toys, education and sounds.

The quality of life issues affecting pediatric patients are sought to be addressed by Child Life Specialists and/or Music Therapists. However, even the largest pediatric hospitals employ only a small team of Child Life Specialists and/or Music Therapists, who rarely are able offer services to all of the potential needs of their hospital's many patients. Many hospitals do not have the financial support to employ an on-site Music Therapist at all. Raising The Blues, Ltd. seeks to support the important work of Child Life Specialists and Music Therapists by providing interactive musical performances, music education, music access and instruments to children in pediatric hospitals and children undergoing medical treatment or recovery.

How Can Music Effectuate Healing?

The American Music Therapy Association describes Music Therapy as an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication [and] promote physical rehabilitation." See http://www.musictherapy.org/

The American Cancer Society reports that music therapy is often used in caner treatment to help reduce pain, anxiety, and nausea caused by chemotherapy [and] enhance the health care of pediatric oncology patients by promoting social interaction and cooperation.


"[S]ome aspects of music therapy include making music, listening to music, writing songs, and talking about lyrics. It may also involve imagery and learning through music. Music therapy can be done in different places such as hospitals, cancer centers, hospices, at home, or anywhere people can benefit from its calming or stimulating effects. The patient does not need to have any musical ability to benefit from music therapy." Id.

The Berklee School of Music describes Music therapy as "the applied use of music to measurably improve people's lives by assisting them in making positive life changes."http://www.berklee.edu/departments/music_therapy.html

Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MAMT, MT-BC, Music Therapist at Shriners Hospital and Delegate of the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association stated that "Interactive musical opportunities play an important role in recovery by reducing patient stress, encouraging movement, and permitting therapeutic play." See Press Release Aug. 19, 2008 http://raisingtheblues.org/News.html