Raising The Blues is a "righteous cause"

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Raising The Blues, Ltd.  Reaches the Northwest 

Seattle, WA April 2014 Artist TJ Wheeler travels to his childhood home to bring music to deserving children. Performing at Seattle Children's Hospital, First Place School and Academy for Precision Learning, TJ brought interactive music, Blues education and instrument making to over 100 children. Special Educators and staff commented "we were amazed how engaged the children were with this program. it was wonderful"  "adding instrument-mkaing was a fun and engaging addition to the program" "we were so thankful for this amazing program".

Raising The Blues, Ltd. Brings Music to Shriners Hospital for Children

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Robert Cobert of Raising The Blues, Ltd. presenting a guitar to Wilson at Shriners Hospital in Boston.

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September 24, 2013 (BOSTON) In August, Rob Cobert, from Raising the Blues, visited the Shriners Hospitals for Children Boston to deliver instruments specially selected for three patients with burn injuries. The hospitals music therapy program, now in its 11th year, is an integral part of treatment and recovery for patients. Therapists use music to aid in pain management and to reduce anxiety. They also encourage patients to learn to play instruments or further develop their musical abilities, despite their injuries. The positive physical and emotional effects on recovery can be tremendous. Patients are able to increase finger and hand function and general motor coordination, and learning a new skill builds self-esteem and develops positive coping strategies. Raising the Blues donates musical instruments to patients at Shriners Hospital in BostonRaising the Blues is a charitable organization dedicated to bringing blues music to hospitals and seeks to donate instruments to patients with a love of music and desire to learn. "Over the years, I have seen many patients benefit from the instruments donated by our community partner, Raising the Blues," said Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, music therapist. "Each has continued to play their instruments when they returned home, as well as when they return to the hospital. Some have said they use playing instruments to cope with the difficulties in their lives. Others say it helps them when they have pain. All of the kids say it makes them feel happier."


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About Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 23 facilities, located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. For more information, visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

Raising The Blues, Ltd at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in  Rockland Maine July 13-14, 2013 Dakota guitar 2013

Raising The Blues, Ltd awarded local student Dakota a new guitar and lessons as part of the Raising Aspirations Program which assists students with special and medical needs to obtain instruments and music lessons.  Congratulations Dakota!

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Thanks to Paul Benjamin & Jamie Issacson for supporting Raising The Blues, Ltd.

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The Raising The Blues, Ltd volunteers worked hard all weekend long! Thanks to our dedicated team!


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Sugar Ray & The Bluetones (perform with Raising The Blues, Ltd) stopped by our both for a photo shoot & some Sugar Ray harp!

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February 2013 - Raising The Blues, Ltd, in partnership with the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation, supported an inspirational Blues In The Schools Tour of TJ Wheeler. Reaching over 750 children affected by Hurricane Sandy, this program brought concerts, workshops, songwriting in an uplifting series for multiple schools on the New Jersey coast. Thanks to TJ for his great work with these wonderful kids! 

August 2012 - Special Summer Camp - Raising The Blues, Ltd. artist Robin O'Herin worked with the Special Education program at Mt. Everett School in Western MA to make homemade instruments and teach music in a 10 week program which culminated with a concert and celebration.   

            

July 14, 2012 - Raising The Blues, Ltd partnered with North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, ME to bring joy to a local and very deserving student.  Eddie Davis, a local teen received a new Yamaha acoustic guitar and lessons provided by Raising The Blues, Ltd.  In partnership with Paul Benjamin and Jamie Issacson, the founders of the NABF, Raising The Blues provides instruments and lessons to children in with medical-needs and special-needs.  "Eddie loves music", said his music teacher Angela Johnson, who teaches special education in Rockland public schools and who nominated Eddie for the award, "he sings with his whole heart and he is the nicest kid you could ever meet."

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June 22, 2012 - Raising The Blues, Ltd. welcomed Chase Home for Children (Portsmouth NH) to its musical programs. New Hampshire resident and Blues educator TJ Wheeler opened a music concert and education series with Chase Home. The philosophy Chase Home stems from the firm belief that all children need and deserve to live in a safe, healthy and stable family and community, which is achieved through a collaborative approach working together with families and community providers and focusing on what are the strengths of the children and families. "Raising The Blues is happy to collaborate with Chase Home for Children to bring interactive music to these deserving kids" said Ruth Atherton of Raising The Blues, Ltd.

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June 5, 2012 - Raising The Blues, Ltd. welcomes Girls, Incorporated New Hampshire to it programs.  The mission of Girls, Incorporated is to help girls achieve their personal best through one-on-one attention, leadership development, a talented staff and volunteers, a wide range of enrichment programs, and a caring family environment. "Raising The Blues, Ltd. is proud to support the work of Girls Incorporated by supporting their music needs" said Ruth Atherton, Executive Director of Raising The Blues, Ltd. With a blues music education concert kicked off by Raising The Blues musician TJ Wheeler, the girl enjoyed interactive music, blues history and music education. "We cannot begin to tell you how grateful all the girls were, as well as all of the Girls Inc. staff" said Kelly Hurtado, Greater Manchester Regional Director of Girls Incorporated.

April 30, 2012 - See Raising The Blues, Ltd. student lesson with Raising The Blues, Ltd. musician, Robin O'Herin.

Feb 14, 2012 - Raising The Blues, Ltd. musician Robin O'Herin continues her work with Hillcrest Educational Center in Pittsfield, MA. The mission of Hillcrest Educational Centers is to facilitate the social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of students through the development of new skills that will enable them to succeed in their home community.  Working with Hillcrest students in a year long program in both group and individual guitar lesson, O'Herin's work has been overwhelming to student, staff and families alike.

     

Jan 21, 2012 - Robin O'Herin and the Wang Dang Doodle Gospel and Blues Band hosted a benefit concert for Raising The Blues, Ltd.  Artists included Vikki True, Richard Downs, Pete Schneider and Robin O'Herin.  O'Herin, a blues musician based in Lee, MA has working with Raising The Blues, Ltd. for several years. Working with children with special needs, O'Herin has led several Raising The Blues, Ltd. programs in western MA.

Special guest appearances at the benefit included O'Herin performing with students from her local Raising The Blues programs and reading of letters of thanks to Raising The Blues founder, Ruth Atherton. "It is wonderful to see the outcome of the students' hard work.  It was very emotional for me to hear these letters read and see how incredibly well the student have done learning guitar with Robin.  She is a gifted teacher.  Events like this always remind me how important these programs are in our community" said Atherton

Raising The Blues, Ltd. provides free music education programs to children with unique life challenges, including special needs, medical needs, emotional and educational challenges.                

Visit www.RaisingTheBlues.org for more info.

Jan 4, 2012 - Raising The Blues, Ltd. partners with Roman Music Therapy of Melrose, MA to bring music therapy to a Massachusetts child in palliative home care. 

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North Atlantic Blues Festival 2012

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(Above) Bethany Schulberg was presented with a brand new mandolin during the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland on July 17. Ruth Atherton, left, is the founder of the charitable organization Raising the Blues, which donated the instrument and music lessons to Bethany. At right are her mother, Cinda, and Penney Read, vice president of Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation.

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Music has been known to help soothe many pains.  The mission of Raising the Blues, Ltd. is to raise, primarily through blues music, the spirits, abilities and aspirations of children who can benefit from musical enrichment and interactive musical opportunities.

Blues music speaks to many people in many ways.  It speaks of healing, hope and emotional connection. By communicating empathy with the adversities of others, the blues is exceptionally positioned to promote the health and well-being of children facing personal challenges and for celebrating their successes. Raising the Blues has coordinated with the North Atlantic Blues Festival and comes to Rockland each year.

Bethany Schulberg, 16, said she was researching mandolins when she learned the good news: Raising the Blues, Ltd. a nonprofit charitable organization, was going to give her a new musical instrument and music lessons.

At the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland on July 17, Bethany was presented with a brand new Kentucky brand F-style mandolin, along with a gift of ten mandolin lessons.

 "I was excited when I learned about the gift from Raising the Blues, because I already wanted to learn the instrument," Bethany said. "I will probably play blues, but also other things " I like a mishmash of music. I just want to say thanks!" Bethany has cystic fibrosis, a hereditary chronic disease affecting the lungs and digestion. There is no known cure for the disease.

Bethany's first musical instrument was the flute, which she started playing in sixth grade. Within three months she was able to keep up with the school band at Thomaston Grammar School. "It's a tribute to music programs in the public schools," said Cinda Schulberg, Bethany's mother. "Not only has she gone on to play in the high school band, she has also studied singing and has been performing in school musicals, most recently 'Hello, Dolly!' last spring, all while getting almost straight As."  An experience with a music therapist led Ruth Atherton, a native of Maine, to create Raising the Blues, Ltd. "Natan, my son, was very ill with a rare genetic disorder and spending a lot of time in hospitals," she said. "He was terrified of medical providers. One day in a Boston hospital, in walked someone wearing scrubs and carrying a guitar. Natan sat right up and said, 'Where's the pick?' This woman, a music therapist, did a 45-minute session with Natan, and for the first time in months, we all had a wonderful, happy time in the hospital. But most hospitals don't offer music therapy. So we got the idea to combine our love of blues music and love of kids to find a wonderful way to get children through medical challenges and help them with the healing process."  "When we found out that Bethany wanted to learn a stringed instrument that she could take with her during her hospital stays, we were thrilled to help her continue her musical aspirations. She is a remarkable girl and we are confident she is going to be a great mandolin player. But more importantly, she is already a great inspiration to everyone around her."

 

THE NAMM FOUNDATION AWARDS RAISING THE BLUES, LTD. A GRANT TO SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC-MAKING PROGRAM 

NAMM Foundation Grants Aim to Create More Music Makers

Lexington, MA June 10, 2011 The NAMM Foundation recently announced that Roising The Blues, Ltd. was one of 35 recipients nationwide of the organization's 2011-2012 grants program.  The NAMM Foundation allocated $600,000 in funding to support innovative community-based music learning programs that allow more people the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of active music making.

The new grants, while only a small portion of NAMM's overall annual multimillion-dollar-reinvestment into the music products industry, help worthy organizations operate programs designed to increase interest and participation in making music among seniors, college students and school-aged children. Since 1994, the NAMM Foundation has supported worthy music-making programs and has since then allocated more than $13.2 million to ensure their continuity.  NAMM awarded Raising The Blues, Ltd. $10,000.  Raising The Blues, Ltd., provides music lessons, instruments and concerts to children in hospitals, special-needs schools and medical-needs camps at no cost using an all-volunteer staff.  We do a tremendous amount on a very small budget.  Funding from the NAMM Foundation has been very helpful in getting the organization established.  With more applications than ever, every bit helps bring music to these deserving kids� said Ruth Atherton, Founder of Raising The Blues, Ltd.

For more information about the NAMM Foundation's grants and scholarships, please e-mail grants@namm.org.  About The NAMM Foundation.  The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org

Raising Aspirations of a Young Patient

Boston, MA (April 12, 2011) When Annette Whitehead Pleaux, Music Therapist at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston needed a guitar for her aspiring young burn patient, Jesus, she knew exactly who to call.  She called Raising The Blues, Ltd., a non-profit charitable organization in MA that specializes in bringing music and instruments to children with unique life challenges.  "We are always happy to support the critical work of Shriners.  We have loved bringing music and instruments to Shriner's pediatric patients for the last 3 years, so when Annette told us she wanted to nominate a patient for our Raising Aspirations program, we were thrilled to get Jesus his own guitar that he could both learn on while in the hospital and take home with him to Ecuador continue his musical aspirations" said Ruth Atherton, Founder & Exec. Dir. of Raising The Blues, Ltd. The Raising Aspirations Program obtains instruments for children with unique life challenges. Working with the medical provider or Child Life department, Raising The Blues� helps to find the instrument best suited for the particular patient. "In this case, the patient wanted to learn acoustic guitar, so to accommodate certain physical challenges we decided on a � size Mini Martin guitar. This guitar has beautiful tone and will be an instrument he can play his whole life" said Atherton. "He started up a lesson right away and he is so happy" said Whitehead-Pleaux. "This really made his year!"

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Drum Roll Please

Worcester, MA (March 25, 2011) Raising The Blues, Ltd. partnered with Hohner, Inc. to bring new a professional drum kit to deserving student.  Montez, age 12 of Worcester, MA is a talented drummer. In school, his talent was recognized by his former music teacher Jon Short, a Blues education specialist and teacher in the Worcester public schools.  "He has amazing rhythm" commented Short "and great potential."  Short should know, he is an Orff Level III certified instructor, an intensive program developed by Hohner, Inc. that is a way to teach and learn music in a non-competitive environment, which combines singing, clapping and dancing with percussion instrument learning.   Monty, who is exceptionally shy, "had been going through a particularly rough patch" said his mom Holli, "we hadn't seen him smile like that in a month."  He even played while his mother and grandmother were in the room, observed Short who delivered the beautiful new Sonor drum kit to the family.  The drums were generously donated by Hohner, Inc., a corporate supporter of Raising The Blues, Ltd.  As part of its Raising Aspirations program, Raising The Blues, Ltd. is providing lessons to the aspiring drummer.  "We are thrilled to support such a talented and deserving child, and we knew Hohner would be too" commented Ruth Atherton, Executive Director of Raising The Blues, Ltd. "Thanks to corporate supporters like Hohner, the NAMM Foundation and Genzyme Corporation, our Raising Aspirations Program continues to grow to bring instruments and lessons to children with unique life challenges."  

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Raising The Blues, Ltd. welcomes Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center

Memphis, TN (February 11, 2011)  In the heart of Blues country, Raising The Blues, Ltd. was proud to welcome LeBonheur Children's Medical Center to its program.  Opening the program was TJ Wheeler, a Blues Educator for over 35 years.  "We are always so thankful for special events that promote distraction from pain, normalization of hospitalization" said the Child Life Staff of LeBonheur  "we know music ca be very therapeutic for our patients and families."

Raising The Blues, Ltd featured in the Boston Business Journal Giving Guide 2011

Boston, MA (January 2010) Genzyme Corporation, a corporate supporter of Raising The Blues, Ltd. selected Raising The Blues, Ltd. as one of two charities to be featured on the Genzyme page of the Boston Business Journal's Philanthropic Giving Guide.  "We were very proud of this honor by Genzyme" said Ruth Atherton, Executive Director of the charity, "Genzyme makes many contributions to the local and world communities, so we were truly honored to be selected by them to be a featured charity.  Our work bringing music and instruments into hospitals and to children with medical and special need is very much aligned with Genzyme's priorities of putting patients well being as a top priority. We greatly appreciate their tremendous support."  The profile (below) outlines the charity's mission statement, goals and highlights other corporate and public support, such as by The NAMM Foundation, Hohner, Inc. Daddy's Junky Music and the North Atlantic Blues Festival. 

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Sweet Notes Reunite Friends

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Portland, ME (December 20, 2010)  Bringing holiday cheer to the children at Maine Medical Center, Raising The Blues, Ltd. was joined today by Jamie Isaacson and Blues educator TJ Wheeler.  Connected by their love of Blues music and charitable hearts, Mr. Isaacson and TJ Wheeler were reunited after nearly 30 years. TJ Wheeler performed a Bluesy holiday concert, while children, families & staff sang and played along.  Mr. Isaacson, a supporter of Raising The Blues, Ltd., a 501(c)(3) charity that brings music and instruments to children with unique life challenges, personally donated three guitars to the Raising The Blues program.   Following the concert, Mr. Isaacson and TJ Wheeler to helped to present the guitars to Maine Medical Center and a patient family.

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Giving the gift of the blues - Nonprofit provides instruments to children with challenges 

By Daniel Dunkle Jul 10, 2010(Photo by: Daniel Dunkle) James Kennedy, 5, of Rockland tries out his new guitar on stage July 10 at the North Atlantic Blues Festival. Kennedy has been struggling with medical problems and received the guitar through the non-profit Raising The Blues.

Rockland Maine - A nonprofit organization that provides instruments to children struggling with medical problems or special needs donated a guitar to a 5-year-old boy from Rockland July 10 at the North Atlantic Blues Festival.  James Kennedy of Rockland received the gift of an acoustic Martin guitar on the stage right after the first act at the festival.  Kennedy was diagnosed with leukemia in March, and though he is in remission, he has since been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as well, according to his mother, Crystal Kennedy of Rockland.  The guitar was donated by Raising The Blues Ltd., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that uses the blues and music to brighten the lives of children facing devastating illnesses and disabilities.  In addition to providing instruments and music lessons for children, the organization arranges for musicians to perform in children's hospitals, group homes, special education schools and summer camps for children with medical problems. Raising The Blues also works with Camp Sunshine in Casco.  The guitar was presented by Raising The Blues founder and Executive Director Ruth Atherton.  She said she met Kennedy during a visit to Maine Medical Center and learned he is from Rockland. During that visit, he tried all of the different instruments and had great rhythm. After trying them all, he decided he would love to get a guitar. "I don't take life for granted," his mother said at the festival grounds July 10.  "The doctor said your life as you know it just changed," the boy's grandmother, Julie Bemis of Warren added.  Atherton said she was inspired to start the charity after her son Natan, now 4 years old, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Fortunately, his illness could be successfully treated, but he had to spend some time in the hospital, she said.  She noticed during that ordeal that music reduced her child's fear. In the course of her organization's efforts to bring music to more children, she has seen that it also helps their families as well.  Raising The Blues had a booth at the festival where it gave out harmonicas in return for donations and showed off homemade cigar-box guitars.  "The kids in this program are so remarkable," she said. "They don't want people to feel sorry for them. They just want to be kids."  For more information, visit RaisingTheBlues.org.  click here for link to orig story

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Raising the blues in Rockland

By Dagney C. Ernest | Jun 30, 2010 Blues Trail marker commemorating the Mississippi to Maine connection. The unveiling will take place at 2 Park Drive, along the edge of the Trade Winds Motor Inn parking lot -- appropriate as that parking lot was host to a years-ago afternoon of blues music that evolved into the two-day North Atlantic Blues Festival. Local bluesman Vince "Blind Albert" Gabriel will play around the public event, and that evening, the Time Out Pub and the Trade Winds Lower Deck Sports Bar will offer live blues which means the blues festival, which has been pushing the weekend festival envelope for some time, is spreading to four days this year. Friday night, some 11 downtown clubs will host many of the same bands that will play the Saturday night festival club crawl. Included is Gabriel, whose Blind Albert Band will host its annual blues jam at Rock City Books & Coffee. And earlier in the evening, the Farnsworth Art Museum will jump on the blues bandwagon by hosting Lydia Warren in the library and a Pat Pepin lawn party from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Raising The Blues partnershipThe 17th annual North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland Harbor Park officially gets under way at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10. This year marks a new partnership between the NABF and Raising The Blues, Ltd., which has been designated the fest's official charitable partner. The 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, founded by Maine native Ruth Atherton, is dedicated to bringing interactive blues music, instruments and lessons to children undergoing medical treatment and those with physical, emotional or educational challenges.  The partnership was announced June 28 by NABF co-founders and co-producers Paul E. Benjamin and Jamie Isaacson. Benjamin has served as a volunteer advisory board member for the organization since its inception. "I went with Ruth to the Shriners hospital in Boston," said Benjamin. "An act goes in and plays. For the kids who are burned too badly to leave their beds, the artists will go right in the room and visit." He said the children, many of whom are quite young, really respond to the blues and it helps them get through what they have to get through -- which for burn victims can mean daily, extremely painful changing of bandages and dressings.  "If the kids know the bands are coming, they'll say they want to get it done early so they can go to the concert," Benjamin said.  "The blues has always been music of hope and healing. It reflects our power to overcome adversity and empathize with others," said Atherton, who will attend the festival and make a presentation Saturday from the stage. During the weekend, NABF's partnership with Raising The Blues will be evident via a donation and information table. Benjamin said the partnership will be a permanent part of the festival going forward. "It's absolutely a no brainer," he said.    Click here for full story 

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Raising The Blues, Ltd. Receives NAMM Foundation Grant

LEXINGTON, MA June 14, 2010 The NAMM Foundation recently announced that Raising The Blues, Ltd. was one of 25 recipients nationwide of the organization's 2010-2011 grants program

The NAMM Foundation allocated $585,000 in funding to support innovative community-based music learning programs that allow more people the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of active music making.  Raising The Blues, Ltd. will receive $15,000 in support of its Music, Memory & Healing Program.

The new grants, while only a small portion of NAMM's overall annual multimillion-dollar-reinvestment into the music products industry, help worthy organizations operate programs designed to increase interest and participation in making music among seniors, college students and school-aged children. Since 1994, the NAMM Foundation has supported worthy music-making programs and has since then allocated more than $12.5 million to ensure their continuity.

Raising The Blues, Ltd., is MA-based 501(c)(3) educational organization that brings music to children with medical and special needs. Primarily through the use of Blues music, Raising The Blues, Ltd. brings interactive music and instruments to children in hospitals, special-needs schools, group homes and medical-needs summer camps.

"We are truly honored by the support of the NAMM Foundation for this important community program that brings music access and education to children who exhibit extraordinary courage every day of their lives" said Ruth Atherton, Founder & Executive Director of Raising The Blues, Ltd.  Atherton, who spent her weekend prototyping an electric guitar that her group plans to build with teens at an oncology camp this summer noted "in such difficult economic times, the generosity of the NAMM Foundation makes creative music making possible.  The reaction of the kids makes it all worth while."

About The NAMM Foundation The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org

ABOUT RAISING THE BLUES, LTD. Raising The Blues, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational corporation based in Melrose, MA. Primarily through the use of Blues music, the mission of Raising The Blues, Ltd. is to raise the spirits, abilities and aspirations of children undergoing medical treatment and recovery and children with physical, emotional or educational challenges. To learn more about the Raising The BluesTM services or to make a donation, visit www.RaisingTheBlues.org

A Collaboration for Kids

04/19/2010 Manchester, NH - The NH State Arts Council announced today that it will help support a joint project between Webster House (a safe-home for teens in New Hampshire), Raising The Blues, Ltd. (a MA-based non-profit that brings music to kids with unique life challenges) and Master Blues Educator, TJ Wheeler.  The Collaboration will bring 10 weeks of interactive music study and education to the teens.  The program entitled Hope, Heroes & the Blues is a multi disciplined arts education program that uses the Blues, & related music, as an entry point into the participants own methods of self expression. Students will learn lessons in Black History, Philosophy, Economics, English, Social Studies as well as Musical technique, theory and history.  "We are very proud to be part of this project" said Raising The Blues, Ltd Founder Ruth Atherton. "Having worked with the teens at Webster House we were excited to expand our work there under the direction of TJ Wheeler."  Wheeler, who has been working in Blues education for over 3 decades brings experience, compassion and a great sense of historical perspective to the project. "He is really able to connect with the kids and open them to new forms of musical expression.  Raising The Blues recently donated an electric guitar and amplifier to Webster House for use by several of their budding young guitarists.  We are happy they will have further opportunity to work one on one with TJ to develop their skills."

  

Musical medicine lifts the spirits

03/29/2010 07:08 PM  By: Web Staff SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Patients at the Golisano Children's Hospital had their spirits lifted Monday with the help of a little musical medicine. Massachusetts-based music therapy group "Raising the Blues" performed for patients.  Music Therapist Ann Minton says music can help with pain management and promotes recovery. "There are certain kids who have a bent toward music and that's what helps them cope with their illness and with being in the hospital and it's really a great thing" said Anne Minton, music therapist. The group also donated two guitars that patients can take home with them when they leave the hospital. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO

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Fender guitar contributions highlight start of Home with an Instrument program at Golisano

SYRACUSE, N.Y.  Raising The Blues, a Massachusetts-based music therapy group, performed for patients, parents and staff at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital and made the first donation two Fender guitars to the hospitals new Home with an Instrument Program. "Music is gaining broader acceptance in the healthcare field as a therapy for patients, especially children. It is often used to help with pain management, lift spirits and to promote movement. During long hospitalizations, music can become a hobby and a terrific distraction from the medical issues of the day," according to Anne Minton, music therapist at the Golisano Children's Hospital. "For many children who have not yet been introduced to music, their participation in this therapy can open a whole new world of interest for them," she said. The intent of the Home with an Instrument Program is to provide musically inclined children with an instrument of their own when they leave the hospital. "This will enable students to continue with their new hobby as well as continue the healing they received while participating in our music therapy program," she said. Raising The Blues launched the program with a donation of two Fender guitars. Minton hopes to encourage other music groups to follow suit.  "Who knows, perhaps we'll have an Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital band before too long," Minton said.


Raising The Blues, Ltd. 2010 Benefit Concert -  A Resounding Success Arlington, MA, March 6, 2010 - Grammy Winner Ed Gerhard & World Renowned Guitarist Pete Huttlinger harmonize efforts with pre-war Blues master Jon Short & Berklee based band The Beastonians to support local charity helping kids

Grammy Winner Ed Gerhard & World Renowned Fingerstyle Guitarist Pete Huttlinger harmonized their support for children and music by performing a benefit concert at the  Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on Saturday March 6, 2010.  Gerhard and Huttlinger was be joined by pre-war Blues master Jon Short and Berkee-based band The Beastonians to support the MA-based charity Raising The Blues, Ltd.  Raising The Blues, Ltd. brings interactive music, lessons & instruments into in-patient pediatric hospitals, medical-needs summer camps and special-needs schools around New England. 

Following the nearly sold-out show in 2009, Gerhard & Huttlinger returned to bring another spectacular evening to the Boston-area audience.  Known for mesmerizing his audience, Grammy winner Ed Gerhard wowed the audience on his 6-string and Hawaiian Lap Steel guitars, with musical intensity and a sly sense of humor. Berklee-trained Pete Huttlinger again thrilled audience with his remarkable arrangements that left the audience saying "WOW, how did he do that?" 

In a unique highlight that melded the diverse styles of the many artists, the concert ended with a spectacular version of Key to the Highway in which even the audience couldn't help by sing along. See video below.

Audience members traveled from NH, NY, NJ and even CA to see this unique event, which was quoted as "an incredible performance" and "a beautiful evening."  

By Travis Andersen, Town Correspondent (Boston.com  December 2, 2009)

In just its first year, the local nonprofit Raising the Blues has won two prestigious awards and helped over 500 children cope with medical hardships through a one-of-a-kind music therapy program. "We focus on the blues," said Ruth Atherton, the group's founder and executive director. "It's actually a wonderful format for kids. It comes from who we are as Americans, and it represents our strength and ability to heal." Atherton and her team of volunteers and professional musicians visit children's hospitals and other venues, leading workshops and playing concerts to help children get through what can often be a traumatic period of hospitalization and treatment."[Music therapy] can lower children's blood pressure," Atherton said. She speaks from personal experience. Her 3-year-old son Natan worked with a music therapist at Children's Hospital Boston about a year and a half ago, when he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. "After four days [in the hospital] the music therapist walked in with her guitar, and it was the first time that my son didn't cry [upon seeing hospital personnel]," Atherton said. "He sat right up and looked at her and said, 'Where's the pick?'"

In addition to the hospital visits, Raising the Blues also led a workshop last summer at Camp Sunshine, a facility in Maine that serves children with serious illnesses and their families. The group helped campers make 24 cigar box guitars, among other activities. "[The kids] were incredible," she said.

National foundations have taken notice. The American Music Therapy Association presented its Advocate of Music Therapy Award to Raising the Blues last month at a ceremony in San Diego. And the National Association of Music Makers (NAMM) Foundation awarded the group a $10,000 grant in May.

NAMM spokeswoman Kymberly Drake said in an e-mail that Raising the Blues is bringing joy to local youth. "The NAMM Foundation believes that everyone benefits from expressing themselves through music and the young people touched by this program benefit from the very expressive genre of the Blues," Drake said.

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2009 Advocate of Music Therapy Award to 

Raising The Blues, Ltd.

                 

San Diego, CA (November 13, 2009) The American Music Therapy Association Awarded its 2009 Advocate of Music Therapy Award to Raising The Blues, Ltd. for its work to bring interactive musical opportunities to children in hospitals across New England.  In an award ceremony in San Diego, CA, President of AMTA Barbara Wheeler, presented the Award to Raising The Blues, Ltd. Founder & Executive Director, Ruth Atherton.  "We were extremely proud of the nomination made by Shriner's Hospital Boston Music Therapist Annette Whitehead-Pleaux" said Atherton.  "We were truly honored by this Award.  It is a testament to the tremendous work of the musicians, Blues educators and volunteers working in the Raising The Blues, Ltd. programs. We greatly appreciate the national recognition of this remarkable organization, whose members have devoted their careers to the clinical benefits of music." 

Ruth E. Atherton with Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (The Soloist)

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Raising Abilities of Teens

 

Canton, MA (October 5, 2009) Two students at the Massachusetts Hospital School, Nathan & Martial, received brand new Hohner guitars, amplifiers and all the gear to get them strumming up a storm. As part of the Raising Abilities Program, which provides guitars and instruments to children with unique life challenges, Raising The Blues, Ltd. brought some big smiles to the two teens who will be learning guitar on these beautiful instruments. Partnering with the school, Raising The Blues, Ltd. will also support their music education by providing introductory lessons. "We work closely with schools and hospitals to identify children with musical interest and potential" said Raising The Blues, Ltd. Founder, Ruth Atherton, PhD. "We were amazed at how quickly Nathan and Martial took their new guitars.  It would not surprise me to see up on stage before long."  

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Raising the Blues, Ltd. Donates Electric Guitar to 

Shriners Hospitals for Children- Boston Patient

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Boston, MA (September 8, 2009) Lucas Leary, a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston, received an electric guitar courtesy of Raising the Blues, Ltd.  An eighth grader at Salem Academy Charter School, Leary was injured in a gasoline accident in August and has been receiving treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston for his injuries. "He was injured while he was landscaping" said Stephanie Leary, Lucas mom. "We have been so amazed at his recovery since the accident and it is due to the great staff at Shriners. Everyone from his wonderful surgeon, Dr. Ryan, who made miracles happen, to the recreation therapist, Katie, who looked beyond Lucas' bad mood and pushed him to work hard. Lucas is doing much better and at this point he has no limitations on what he can do." 

"During Lucas music therapy treatment, he expressed an interest in learning to play the guitar. We supported this as it would address many goals for him including increasing self-esteem, increase adaptation to being in a hospital, and increasing his repertoire of positive recreation skills," said Annette Whitehead Pleaux, music therapist at SHC- Boston. "Lucas was a quick learner and mastered each lesson with a few hours of practice. When Dr. Ryan saw him playing the guitar, she was excited at the prospect of him having a new skill and a positive recreation activity to use in his free time. This reminded me that Raising the Blues has said they will get a guitar for kids who want to learn to play. I contacted Ruth and started the ball rolling." 

"When we heard from Shriners that there was a teenager who had responded well to learning the guitar, we were pleased to be able to donate an instrument to their patient," said Ruth E. Atherton, Ph.D., President of Raising the Blues, Ltd. "We look for children with unique life challenges and offer them a way to use music to help them cope and recover."  

"Raising the Blues is a community partner that brings blues musicians to hospitals to play for the kids and families to brighten their spirits. They have donated a guitar to SHC -Boston for the music therapists to use to teach children to play guitar. We have loaned it to parents and guardians to play for their children" Whitehead-Pleaux explains. "When we have a patient who shows a real interest to play, Raising the Blues has offered to donate guitars to children. Raising the Blues is a great community partner. Part of their mission is to support music therapists and by having musicians play at the hospital and by donating these instruments, they definitely do that."

ABOUT RAISING THE BLUES, LTD. 

Raising The Blues, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational corporation based in Melrose, MA. Primarily through the use of Blues music, the mission of Raising The Blues, Ltd. is to raise the spirits, abilities and aspirations of children undergoing medical treatment and recovery and children with physical, emotional or educational challenges.

ABOUT SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN - BOSTON 

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston is a 30-bed pediatric burn hospital, research and teaching center and is one of the three hospitals specializing in burn care operated by Shriners Hospitals for Children. The hospital is verified by the American Burn Association. The hospital is staffed and equipped to treat children with acute burns, smoke inhalation and healed burns requiring plastic or reconstructive surgery. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive all care in a family-centered environment at no charge - regardless of financial need. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston, visit www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Boston.

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RAISING THE BLUES, LTD HELPS TEEN RE-UNITE WITH MUSIC

Bangor, ME (July 2009) Following the theft of a teenage patient's guitar during his travels, a Clinician at Acadia Hospital in Bangor Maine looked to Raising The Blues, Ltd. for help. Through its Raising Abilities program, which provides instruments and training to children with unique life challenges, Raising The Blues, Ltd. provided the teenager (an accomplished musician) with a new Alvarez acoustic guitar & gig bag. "We understand how important a guitar can be in bringing focus, dedication and creativity to teenagers. We were thrilled to be able to assist this talented young musician following the terrible loss of his instrument" said Raising The Blues Founder, Ruth Atherton.

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HOHNER, INC. RAISES THE BLUES

Melrose, MA (June 30, 2009) In support of Raising The BluesTMRaising Abilities Program, HOHNER, INC. today donated two electric guitars (shown below) and two Laney practice amps. The Raising Abilities Program identifies students with unique life challenges who have an interest in learning to play guitar. Raising The Blues, Ltd. works with community & corporate partners to obtain instruments and identify instructors to provide introductory lessons. "Being able to give these kids such high quality instruments not only increases their chances of success, it sends a clear message that we believe in their ability to succeed," said Ruth Atherton, Founder of Raising The Blues, Ltd. "The generosity of instrument makers, such as Hohner, Inc. enables us to offer these children an opportunity they might otherwise never have. We can not thank them enough. These two beautiful guitars already have a home awaiting them."

 

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HOHNER ST-59 and HOHNER MR800F

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AMERICAN & CANADIAN VOLUNTEERS BECOME LUTHIERS FOR A DAY TO BENEFIT CHILDREN WITH CANCER

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MAYNARD, MA (June 27, 2009) An international group of volunteers became guitar makers for a day to help Raising The Blues, Ltd. prepare for its summer camp partnership program. This program will bring interactive music and instrument building to children with cancer. The volunteers designed and prepared guitar-building kits to be used by teenagers in the upcoming summer camp. Using everything from table saws to drills, from sanders to stain, the group worked from morning until night to assure that the musical experience of these kids ends on a sweet note. Thanks to all of them for Raising The BluesTM!!

Thanks to Victory Cigar for the donation of cigar boxes!

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RAISING THE BLUES RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS 

NAMM FOUNDATION 

GRANT

(May 19, 2009) Raising The Blues, Ltd. receives prestigious NAMM Foundation Program Grant. One of 31 program grants awarded by the Board of Directors, NAMM funding supports Raising The Blues' Music, Memory & Healing program, bringing the making of blues music into in-patient pediatric hospitals, medical-needs & special-needs summer camps. The program offers interactive musical opportunities, music access, music education and instruments to children undergoing medical treatment and recovery & children with unique life challenges. See full story at NAMM.org

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(March 28, 2009) Thanks to Jon Short, Pete Huttlinger & Ed Gerhard for making the Raising The Blues, Ltd. benefit concert a tremendous success!!!

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT THE CONCERT...

"one of the best concerts that I have ever been to" - Cathy (Melrose, MA)

"a wonderful experience" - Dick (Canton, MA)

"a great concert!!"- Steve (Arlington MA)

"The show last night was great!!! Good work!!" - Dan (Peabody, MA)

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an amazing event" - Caren (New York, NY)




Click on the video above to see sampling of our Benefit Concert

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Pete Huttlinger & Jon Short perform for the Raising The BluesTM kids before concert

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Thanks to the Raising The Blues, Ltd. volunteers & the Regent Theatre for all of their dedication & hard work to host a spectacular concert.

Thanks to Dan Foss & Rob Cobert for photos and video.

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Raising The BluesTM Brings Interactive Blues Concert Series to 

Massachusetts Hospital School (MHS) 

Concert Debuts with Former MHS Student

CANTON, MA (February 25, 2009) Raising The Blues, Ltd., a MA-based 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization that brings music to children undergoing medical treatment and recovery and children with unique life challenges, today announced the opening of its Blues music concert series for students of the Massachusetts Hospital School.

In support of the Massachusetts Hospital School's music therapy and music education programs, Raising The Blues, Ltd. will offer a free concert series featuring national and local Blues musicians. Raising The BluesTM performances will include interactive concerts for students, families and staff in which students will have the opportunity to play percussion instruments along with the concert. 

The series will open with MA-based ShadowBox Blues Band, a six piece Up-Tempo & Jump Blues band featuring Maria Breen (vocals), Barry Cohen (harmonica), Tom Glover (lead guitar), David Lawless (rhythm guitar & vocals), Dennis McHale (bass & vocals) and John Galeros (drums). Special guest Steve Minkevitch (guitar) will join the band for the debut event.  

Minkevitch, a former student of Massachusetts Hospital School, attended the school in 1978 after his 30th surgery to ameliorate the affects of Neuroblastoma cancer and the associated chemotherapies and radiation. Minkevitch began playing guitar at the age of 14, while in rehabilitation, since it was the one thing I could really enjoy while being in the hospital so often.

"Identifying children, like Steve, who have an interest in learning guitar, bass or harmonica, is a primary initiative of Raising The Blues, Ltd.", said founder Ruth Atherton, Ph.D. "It is our hope that providing traditional Blues instruments to children with challenging life circumstances will provide them a medium to explore their potential and perhaps uncover a life interest they might not have otherwise discovered."

Why Blues Music? "The influence of Blues music as the basis of jazz, rock, country and most popular modern music forms, provides a familiar context that permits children the opportunity to react to their musical intuition. Even when the children have never heard Blues music, its patterns are familiar to them and they are able to immediately take part in the interactive elements of the Raising The Blues programs. But perhaps most importantly, Blues music has always reflected our ability to overcome adversity" said Atherton. "Support of the Blues music community and the enthusiasm of bands like ShadowBox Blues Band has been instrumental in the success of these programs."

As for Minkevitch, when asked what special challenges he faced while learning music during rehab, he stated "none, other than carrying my guitar while on crutches"


ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS HOSPITAL SCHOOL: The mission of The Massachusetts Hospital School (MHS) is to provide medical, habilitative, rehabilitative, recreational, educational and vocational services to children and young adults with multiple disabilities, assisting them to achieve their maximum level of independence in all aspects of life.

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February 24, 2009: 

Raising The Blues, Ltd. thanks Daddy's Junky Music & Yamaha for their generous donation of four guitars in support of the Raising The BluesTM initiatives to bring music and instruments to children with special life challenges. In response to the kind efforts of musician Mark Nomad, Yamaha and Daddy's Junky Music each donated two brand new acoustic Yamaha Model F325 guitars, each with hard shell cases! Thanks to Daddy's Junky Music, Yamaha & Mark Nomad for Raising The BluesTM!!!

Photo Left to Right: Daddy's Founder & CEO Fred Bramante, Daddy's Artist Relations Director Candi Bramante, Raising The Blues, Ltd. founder Ruth Atherton & Daddy's Sr. Vice President Chris Gleason.

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Press Release February 11, 2009:

Raising The BluesTM Brings Interactive Blues Music to Pediatric Patients 

At Maine Medical Center: 

Raising The Spirits of Children with The Blues


PORTLAND, ME (February 11, 2009) Raising The Blues, Ltd., a MA-based 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization, today announced the opening of its hospital-based concert series for patients of the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

In support of the Child Life Program at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Raising The Blues, Ltd. will offer a concert series featuring national and local Blues musicians. Raising The BluesTM performances include Playing With The Blues, an interactive Blues concert for pediatric patients and their families in the hospital's playroom, and Traveling Blues, which provides room-to-room musical performances for patients unable to leave their rooms.

The series will open on with Blues guitarist 'Mississippi' Jon Short, who specializes in the music and storytelling of the prewar blues masters. Short, who is also a music educator, brings a unique combination of Blues music, history and education to his performances.

"We are taking active steps to bring interactive music and music therapy to the Hospital, so the timing of our partnership with Raising The Blues, Ltd. was perfect" said Sherisse Wormell, Child Life Specialist at Maine Medical. "A primary goal of the Child Life staff is to minimize the stress and anxiety related to hospitalization through diversional and developmental play opportunities. Building community partnerships, such as with Raising The Blues, Ltd., is an important tool that benefits our patients and their families."

Why Blues Music? "Blues music has always reflected the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity," said Raising The Blues, Ltd., founder Ruth Atherton, Ph.D., J.D. "The natural progressions and cyclic nature of traditional and modern blues songs permit children the opportunity to respond to their musical intuition. Even when the children have never heard blues music, its patterns are familiar to them and they are able to immediately take part in the interactive elements of the Raising The Blues programs."  

Blues musicians across the country and Industry leaders, have endorsed Raising The BluesTM including Paul Benjamin, a Rockland, Maine resident who currently serves as the President of The Blues Foundation, the worlds largest Blues music organization. With more than 25 years experience in the Blues music industry, Mr. Benjamin, who is also founder of the North Atlantic Blues Festival, "has been a wonderful friend and advisor to Raising The Blues" said Atherton.

"We are thrilled to bring these unique services to Maine Medical Center" said Atherton, originally from Freeport, Maine. "A primary initiative of Raising The Blues, Ltd. is to support the vital work of Child Life Specialists and Music Therapists. Being able to bring this program back to my home state of Maine makes it extraordinary."


ABOUT RAISING THE BLUES, LTD. 

Raising The Blues, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational corporation based in Melrose, MA. Primarily through the use of Blues music, the mission of Raising The Blues, Ltd. is to raise the spirits, abilities and aspirations of children undergoing medical treatment and recovery and children with physical, emotional or educational challenges. To learn more about the Raising The BluesTM services or to make a donation, visit www.RaisingTheBlues.org


ABOUT MAINE MEDICAL CENTER 

Maine Medical Center is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unprecedented depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class research center.As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine. For more information, please visit www.mmc.org


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January 25, 2009 News: 

The Lynbrook, NY High School Tri-M Music Honors Society put on a great fundraiser this week with proceeds going to both Raising the Blues, Ltd. and the Leukemia Foundation. With all aspects of the performing arts world, the audience had an entertaining show. Phenomenal performances of show tunes & jazz from the house band, tap dancing, and even a comedy act. This event was a success with both enthusiastic performers and family & friends in the crowd. Raising The Blues, Ltd. would like to thank Bryan 'Satchmo' McComb, a performer in the house band on trumpet and a junior at Lynbrook High School, for bringing our organization to the attention of their Tri-M chapter. Thank you Bryan for including us in your event and for Raising The BluesTM!!!

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January 5, 2009 News:


Raising The Blues, Ltd. thanks Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto for their generous donation in support of the Raising The BluesTM programs to bring interactive music to children with medical and physical challenges. This donation will help to expand our services in 2009. Thanks to FCH&S for Raising The BluesTM!!!


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August 21, 2008 News:

As a generous gift to Raising The Blues, Ltd. on the inaugural concert at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston, Blues Educator TJ Wheeler writes an original song for Raising The Blues, Ltd which was inspired by TJ's love for the music of Elizabeth Cotton and the efforts of Raising The Blues.


Raising The Blues - by TJ Wheeler

Some people raise the roof

Others start raising cain

But when we raise the Blues

We can all help ease our pain


Chorus:

That's why we're raising...we're Raising The Blues.

It's an amazing grace... what music will help us through.

When feeling bad seems like its the only thing that's left to lose.

Then it's time to lift our hopes ... by Raising The Blues.


Some people might try to tell you

that the Blues will make you sad.

But we sing the Blues to lose them

and then we'll feel so glad.


(Chorus)


Some may start raising sand

while others raise the stakes.

We start Raising The Blues

when our hearts begin to ache.


(Chorus)


We've raised a lot of issues.

We've had a lot of fun.

But we're not raised to leave our friends

while they're good things to get done.


(Chorus)


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Press Release: August 19, 2008


RAISING THE BLUESTM DEBUTS CONCERT SERIES FOR PATIENTS AT 

SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN - BOSTON 

USING BLUES MUSIC TO HELP CHILDREN HEAL


BOSTON (August 19, 2008) Raising The Blues, Ltd., a MA-based 501(c)(3)charitable and educational organization, today announced the opening of its hospital-based concert series for patients of Shriners Hospitals For Children - Boston, a premier pediatric burn center in Boston, Massachusetts.

In support of Shriners music therapy program, Raising The Blues, Ltd. will offer a monthly concert series featuring national and local Blues musicians. Raising The BluesTM performances include Playing With The Blues, an interactive Blues concert for pediatric patients in the hospital playroom, and Traveling Blues, which provides room-to-room musical performances for patients unable to leave their rooms. The series will open with NH-based Blues Educator TJ Wheeler, who has performed for over 300,000 children. TJ Wheeler will be playing live for the patients at Shriners Hospital for Children Boston, tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20 at 2pm. September will feature 'Mississippi' Jon Short, who specializes in the music and storytelling of the prewar blues masters.

"We are very excited about this concert series," said Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MAMT, MT-BC, Music Therapist at Shriners. "Interactive musical opportunities play an important role in recovery by reducing patient stress, encouraging movement, and permitting therapeutic play."

Why Blues Music?

"The Blues is music of hope and healing. It is steeped in the traditions of story-telling and reflects the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity," said Raising The Blues, Ltd., founder Ruth Atherton, Ph.D. "In the same way that reading aloud to a child can bring a story to life, we believe that experiencing live music can inspire creativity, enhance musical memory, and promote happiness. Since children undergoing medical treatment and recovery cannot travel to live music venues, we decided to bring this powerful music to them."

More than 80 Blues artists and Industry leaders, have endorsed Raising The BluesTM including Paul Benjamin, The Blues Foundation, Lurrie Bell, Tab Benoit, Eric Bibb, Sugar Blue, Fiona Boyes, Bob Corritore, Debbie Davies, Ronnie Earl, Tinsley Ellis, Ruthie Foster, Harper, Doug MacLeod, Bob Margolin, Sugar Ray, Rod Piazza, Duke Robillard, Bobby Rush, Eddie Shaw, Bob Stroger, Hubert Sumlin, Art Tipaldi, Walter Trout, Jimmy Vaughan, Phillip Walker, Lydia Warren, Bill Wax and many more.

"It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to wholeheartedly endorse the most worthwhile work being done by Raising The Blues," said Blues Educator Michael "Hawkeye" Herman, who has provided Blues education for more that 500,000 children worldwide. "I encourage others to support the efforts of Raising The Blues."

"Our mission is to raise the spirits, abilities and aspirations of children with unique life challenges," said Atherton, "but at the end of the day, it is these courageous kids who inspire us."


ABOUT RAISING THE BLUES, LTD.  

Raising The Blues, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational corporation based in Melrose, MA. Primarily through the use of Blues music, the mission of Raising The Blues, Ltd. is to raise the spirits, abilities and aspirations of children undergoing medical treatment and recovery and children with physical, emotional or educational challenges. To learn more about the Raising The BluesTM services or to make a donation, visit www.RaisingTheBlues.org


ABOUT SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN - BOSTON  

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston is a 30-bed pediatric burn hospital, research and teaching center and is one of the three hospitals specializing in burn care operated by Shriners Hospitals for Children. The hospital is verified by the American Burn Association. The hospital is staffed and equipped to treat children with acute burns, smoke inhalation and healed burns requiring plastic or reconstructive surgery. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive all care in a family-centered environment at no charge - regardless of financial need. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston, visit www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Boston.