Valerie Ghent plays live for NYC Hospitals, doctors, nurses and patients on June 8, 2020 with new concert series, “MUSIC FOR THE SOUL OF NYC: Health and Hospital Heroes”
“Music heals! Our hospital workers are on the front lines saving lives. I’m honored to be part of this wonderful concert initiative bringing music and love where its needed most, and hope that my voice and songs will serve to inspire and uplift our doctors, nurses and their patients. Love will keep us strong, music will keep us together!”
Valerie Ghent sings
MUSIC FOR THE SOUL OF NYC:
Health and Hospital Heroes
June 8, 2020
This is a true live concert and will only be available during the livestream.
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NYC Health + Hospitals and AFM Local 802 have launched Music for the Soul of NYC’s Health + Hospitals Heroes, a new series in support of the 43,000 staff at NYC’s 11 public hospitals and their patients. The series is funded by the Laurie M Tisch Illumination Fund.
Music for the Soul is designed to inspire our heroic medical community, connect isolated patients to the outside world, and provide paid work for musicians, who may be struggling financially. The series will feature a variety of professional NYC musicians performing songs requested by health workers and patients at NYC public hospitals, as well as some of the musicians’ personal favorites. The musicians – who’ll be playing from home – will also be performing songs that local hospitals have used to celebrate patients successfully coming off ventilators.
Starting this week and running through July 3, Music for the Soul will be livestreamed on NYC Health + Hospital’s Facebook page every day from 12-1pm ET.
Special guest Tony Bennett will kick off the Music for the Soul hour today by paying tribute to hospital workers with a special message and performance of the classic “Fly Me to The Moon” followed by Local 802 musician Rachel Z Hakim; while Rosanne Cash and her husband John Leventhal will appear at the top of the hour tomorrow to perform a couple of songs followed by Local 802 musician Richard Frank. A variety of talented NYC musicians will be performing over the next several weeks, with guest appearances from musicians such as Questlove, who will present a special DJ set, and indie pop band AJR.
“This program celebrates the best of New York City: our local musicians sharing their talents to heal our dedicated healers on the frontlines,” said Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner, Anne del Castillo. “As the daughter of a nurse, I could not be more proud to be part of this special effort.”
The program offers NYC musicians, many of whom have been financially affected by the current COVID-19 crisis, fair wages and benefits in accordance with guidelines from AFM Local 802.
More information HERE