For the patients and hardworking hospital staff who have to be away from loved ones for the holidays, the sounds of classic holiday songs and heartfelt greetings bring the warmth of the season into the hospital. With the help of award-winning recording artists, Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit that delivers live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients, families and caregivers in healthcare environments, is delivering the joy of the holidays to hospitals with Hope for the Holidays Presented by Citi. This annual virtual concert is a festive celebration that features uplifting performances of seasonal favorites and warm holiday wishes from more than 25 different artists including Meghan Trainor, Little Big Town, Jimmie Allen, Rita Wilson, Wynonna Judd, Elle King, Straight No Chaser, Rosanne Cash with Elvis Costello, Chicago, NEEDTOBREATHE, Lauren Daigle, Gavin DeGraw, Lauren Alaina, Zara Larsson, Forest Blakk, Joss Stone, Maggie Rose, Kat + Alex, Jesse McCartney, Jamie O’Neal, Parker McCollum, JAX and more. It is hosted by chart-topping violinist, dancer and artist Lindsey Stirling.
Also as part of this year’s celebration, Monument Records’ Alex Hall visited patients live at the Nashville VA Medical Center for a special visit filled with singing and sharing stories about country music and favorite holiday traditions. Music fans everywhere can get in the holiday spirit by streaming the Amazon Holiday Originals playlist by Amazon Music, the Official Playlist Sponsor, which can be enjoyed on the Amazon Music app.
For the third consecutive year, this exclusive concert experience is shared with MOC’s extensive network of hospitals around the country. The organization has also teamed up with the American Hospital Association (AHA), MOC’s Healthcare Community Partner, to provide access to more than 5,000 AHA member hospitals and health systems nationwide. The concert will be available on-demand for patients and caregivers to view throughout the month of December via Musicians On Call’s virtual program.
“Nothing stirs up feelings of joy quite like music, especially holiday music. It’s important that everyone who has to spend time in the hospital during the holiday season, whether they are being cared for or are responsible for the care of others, be able to experience cheerful moments that can put their minds and bodies at ease,” said Musicians On Call President & CEO Pete Griffin. “Each year we have more hospitals requesting the healing power of music, and with this year’s all-star lineup and the continued support of great sponsors like Citi, we can provide that comfort when it’s needed the most.”
“At Citi, we understand how hard it is to be in the hospital, especially around the holidays,” said Tina Davis, Interim Chief Marketing Officer, Citi. “Hope for the Holidays provides a bright spot in this difficult time – spreading cheer to patients and staff alike. Citi is honored to work with Musicians On Call to create these holiday memories at thousands of hospitals across the country.”
Citi continues its long-standing relationship with Musicians On Call as the presenting sponsor of the concert. Additional sponsors include Amazon Music, the American Hospital Association and Catherine Cate Sullivan.
For more than 20 years Musicians On Call has used music to promote and complement the healing process through in-person, virtual and digital streaming programs. As the nation’s leading provider of live music in hospitals, MOC volunteers have performed for more than one million individuals in healthcare facilities nationwide.
More information about Hope for the Holidays Presented by Citi is available at www.musiciansoncall.org/hope4holidays.