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OUR MISSION Groove Therapy exists to bring the therapeutic effects of live and recorded music to patients in various healthcare facilities as well as their home environments around the United States. Groove Therapy uses music to help people relieve physical, mental and emotional challenges through its inclusion as part of a course of treatment. Groove Therapy collaborates with healthcare professionals to train musicians to provide live music at the bedside to create a healing environment. We collaborate with healthcare facilities and community organizations to educate about, and promote research in, the effectiveness of music in the healing process.
WHY GROOVE THERAPY? Those earphones the dentist offers when you plop in the chair aren't just for entertainment or blocking out the sound of the drill -- they're an adjunct to delivering pain relief in the form of music. Scientists have been documenting the connection among music and pain relief, stress reduction and eased anxiety for decades, but new appreciation for brain structure and chemistry have helped boost understanding. One study done last year found that when we listen to music we like, the brain releases the signaling molecule dopamine to bring on pleasurable sensations. It's the same reward pathway activated by food, sex and drugs.
www.abcactionnews.com 1/11/12 Lee Bowman, Scripps Howard News Service
"Music might provide an alternative entry point" to the brain, because it can unlock so many different doors into an injured or ill brain, said Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, a Harvard University neurologist. Pitch, harmony, melody, rhythm and emotion — all components of music — engage different regions of the brain. And many of those same regions are also important in speech, movement and social interaction. If a disease or trauma has disabled a brain region needed for such functions, music can sometimes get in through a back door and coax them out by another route, Schlaug says.
L.A. Times, March 1, 2010 “The Hope of Music’s Healing Powers
A study published in the June 2006 issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that listening to music daily reduced chronic pain, made people feel more in control of their pain, reduced depression, and made people feel less disabled by their condition.
THE PLAN Describe a visit by a volunteer musician with someone in need. Musician volunteers will go room to room, knocking on doors and asking the patient if he or she would like to hear a song. With the assistance of hospital/facility/home health volunteers, the musician will determine if a quick stay or “mini concert” is appropriate. Often times the music provides as much healing and help to the families and staff as it will to the person in need. The musicians may also discuss music, share some of their favorite songs, listen to music together or watch music videos. Much of what occurs depends on the health of the patient and advice from the hospital/facility/home health volunteers. How will those in need find out about Groove Therapy? The Groove Therapy team will reach out through research and recommendations to various healthcare facilities to educate about our services and determine interest. The Groove Therapy team will network, reach out, advertise and otherwise market its services to organizations and other home health related companies to educate about our services and determine interest. What types of facilities will Groove Therapy operate in? GT will develop relationships with a select few healthcare facilities and/or home health care related organizations in order to run pilot programs to determine changes, additions, improvements, etc. to our program prior to an expanded roll out to larger facilities/organizations.
How will Groove Therapy raise money? Groove Therapy will initially fundraise through donations from family, friends, contacts of Executive Director and Board of Directors. Groove Therapy will also seek the assistance of Board Members or third party volunteers with regards to grants and grant writing in order to further expand fundraising opportunities. Groove Therapy branded merchandising to be sold at concerts and online (via www.GoodThreads.com) Groove Therapy Benefit Concert which will honor volunteer musicians and one major artist (year one goal is Bill Withers). Benefit concert will also feature live auction. - We plan on partnering with Charitybuzz for our major yearly event as well as ongoing fundraising activities. Charitybuzz helps to lead nonprofits toward a new era of fundraising that is fun, socially relevant and collaborative. As the global leader in online charity auctions, they give their community of bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference through incredible online auctions with the world’s biggest celebrities and brands. They also assist with the collection of items and experiences, writing auction copy and securing images, marketing, media promotion and social media support, shipping and reconciliation, scheduling and more. Album Sales- Groove Therapy will release a series of albums via CD and digital download which will feature recordings by the various musician volunteers. Each project will be funded with existing funds on hand or through crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com) Corporate Sponsorships Public donations using online donation tools via Convio (www.convio.com) How will Groove Therapy attract musician volunteers? Musician volunteers will be solicited via Executive Director and Board members via telephone, e-mail, personal and social networking means as well as via website at www.groovetherapyheals.com. Musician volunteers will also be solicited through communication and/or partnerships with various music related organizations including, but not limited to, BMI, ASCAP, NARAS, NARIP, SESAC. Musicians already committed: Vinx, Maritri, Syreeta Neal, Chris Wilson
Will musician volunteers follow certain procedures which are appropriate for healthcare and home health environments? Groove Therapy will work with licensed music therapists, healthcare facility personnel and other professionals to create a set of standards for all volunteers to follow in order to create a healing, appropriate and professional environment during visits. Will Groove Therapy employ the use of non-musician volunteers? Yes. We will need non-musician volunteers to accompany the musician volunteers and act as a liaison between the staff, patients and families to ensure expectations are being met and rules are being followed. We will also need non-musician volunteers to assist at events, with fundraising, social media and various business related activities as determined. Groove Therapy will use care to screen each volunteer, beginning with a volunteer form, similar to the ones found at: http://www.teenagecancertrust.org/workspace/documents/Volunteer-Application-FormJuly-2011.pdf http://www.openheartmagic.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/OHM-MagicianApplication.pdf What principles will guide the volunteers? To approach our work in a caring manner, with the concept of service to each patient at the forefront of our intention. To approach our service and our study with responsible medical and musical principles in mind. To take advantage of continuing education and keep abreast of current research in the application of therapeutic music. To distinguish “healing” from “curing”. To respect the distinction between ourselves as entertainers and those who are licensed to do other therapeutic music work. To respect the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals and to work cooperatively with them as a healing team. To represent Groove Therapy responsibly and accurately in all verbal and written interactions Demonstrate an understanding of healthcare protocol, etiquette, and confidentiality, as well as an ability to work harmoniously and unobtrusively with the healthcare team. Demonstrate the ability to be centered, receptive, and open to information.
Will volunteers have to follow certain rules? Yes. Volunteers must: - Use listening skills to be open and receptive to the patient’s physical, emotional and/or spiritual needs that may be supported with live music. - Approach the patient from the stance of being of service, not just as a performer. - Assess the patient and the patient’s environment objectively and subjectively. - Refrain from proselytizing religious or political beliefs through choice of music or speech. - Refer patient needs to other members of the healthcare team when the needs are not within the Scope of Practice. How will Groove Therapy bring recorded music to those in need? Groove Therapy will seek donations of CDs, DVDs, CD players, DVD players, MP3 players, digital downloads, online music subscriptions, iTunes gift cards, etc. from “day one.” A major goal would be to partner with Apple, Rhapsody, eMusic and other digital download companies to provide free downloads and subscriptions. A major long term goal of Groove Therapy is to provide recorded music to every patient in a healthcare facility. This could mean via individual CD/MP3 players or a closed system specific to each facility which feeds music into each room.
What is Groove Therapy’s budget? Initial costs for pilot program will be kept to minimum with programs being run on the weekends only. No salaries will be paid during this time. As fundraising progresses and the pilot programs prove successful, we will look to obtain office space and add staff, such as full-time Executive Director, Marketing Director, office staff, etc. Revenue Contributions & Grants Program service revenue Investment Income Other revenue Total Revenue Expenses Grants and similar amounts paid Benefits paid to or for members Salaries, other compensation, employee benefits Professional fundraising fees Total fundraising expenses Other expenses Total expenses Revenue less expenses How will the public learn about Groove Therapy? GT will perform various public relations, marketing, advertising activities internally until such time as funds allow for the hiring of an outside firm or combination of firms. The goal will be to have members of the Board of Directors who are also professionals in these areas to assist.
What does Groove Therapy have planned in the way of events and concerts?
Ongoing plans include: Annual Groove Therapy Benefit Concert/Auction Groove Therapy Concert series: Monthly concerts at local venues featuring the artists that comprise our staff of musician volunteers. Genghis Cohen and Room5 are small listening rooms in Los Angeles we already have relationships with that are perfect for these types of shows. Groove Therapy Radio: daily podcasts featuring musician volunteers, interviews and various music chosen by staff to be motivating, healing, uplifting and lend itself towards better physical and emotional health.
Aside from music, what will the patient experience be like? Patients will receive: Bedside concert and/or recorded music. “Backstage pass” from Groove Therapy (i.e. similar to backstage passes one might receive if actually backstage at a concert) Groove Therapy t-shirt Pictures and video taken (upon patient, musician and hospital approval)
Who will run Groove Therapy? Steve Brown is a veteran of the music industry, having managed and/or contributed to the administration of royalties for Grammy Award winners Buddy Guy, Ernie Watts and Muddy Waters as well as Ted Hawkins, Billy Cobham, Martin Sexton, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Reed, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Witherspoon, Vinx and many other up-and-coming and well established musicians. He also holds a BS degree from California State University at Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Steve has also been a volunteer with Jewish Big Brothers and spent many teenage years as a day care and summer counselor with the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center. His mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at a young age and eventually lost her battle with breast cancer at 42 when he was just 15. Finding ways to help others has been a lifelong passion.
What plans does Groove Therapy have for their website and social media?
Facebook page is currently set up with 45 “likes.” There is a current placeholder website with basic information at www.SHBMusicGroup.com which will be taken down as soon as permanent website is up and running. Groove Therapy Twitter page is currently setup and running. Does Groove Therapy have a Board of Directors? Nicole LevittPossible Board Members include: Neil Buckbinder- Doctor Don Passman- Music Business lawyer David Hirshland- President, Bug Music Brian Levine Stephen Meli- Sr. VP, Financial Advisor Moshe Meppen- CEO, Meta Dolce international sales and marketing Joseph Luftman- Doctor Walter Afanassieff- Grammy Award Winning producer Arnold McCuller- Musician Dr. Daniel J Levitin (www.daniellevitin.com) Tony Marks - Attorney Michael Tedesco- A&R Jive Records John Gabrysiak- Former Director of Sponsorships and Events, Monterey International Lisa DellaSantina- Artist Manager Denny Stilwell- President, Mack Avenue Records Brandon Hance- Goodthreads.com Zach Hochkeppel- SVP Marketing Blue Note Records Gaetano & Donna Mastropasqua Freddie Ravel Tess Taylor Will Groove Therapy enter into any partnerships to help promote their mission? Absolutely. One goal is to align with the Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA (19 founded by The Who in the UK) We are also looking at partnering with various Certified Music Therapists to not only lend a level of credibility to what we do, but to also help us learn and better understand the role traditional music therapy has in the healing process. World Federation of Music Therapy Health organizations affiliated with Cancer, MS, AIDS, etc. Are there other organizations doing this already?
Yes, but there are some differences. The best known and most successful is Musicians On Call which has been helping those in need since 1999. What’s the status of Groove Therapy as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization? There are 2 approaches we are considering towards achieving status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 1. Fiscal Sponsorship 2. Directly What are other sources of research that have led Groove Therapy to believe there is a need for what we are doing? American Music Therapy Association MusicDrivesUs.org http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/01/health/la-he-0301-brain-music-therapy-20100301 http://nycitywoman.com/features/healing-power music?page=0%2C1#.T489m6yc26N.facebook What’s the timeline to get Groove Therapy up and running? I.
Set up Non Profit a. Filings b. Board members c. Research Create website/Facebook/Twitter Begin fundraising a. Grants http://www.foundationsearch.com/ Research hospitals/facilities Sign up artists to volunteer Begin volunteering a. Process b. Patient Perks Kickoff concert Album #1 Ongoing concert series at Genghis/Room5 Develop items for online store, i.e. T-shirts, hats, etc.
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