Laika Characters Join Weird Al and Lisa Loeb for Bedstock

Bedstock, the weeklong festival and fundraising event launched on Tuesday, November 27, and runs through December 4, with all manner of pop and rock stars—Jeff Tweedy, Walk the Moon, Lisa Loeb, and Mike Phillips among them—airing acoustic tunes from their beds. This year, local animation studio Laika was also inspired to put together an edit of bedroom scenes and musical sequences from its catalog of films to help raise money for Bedstock. Watch Kubo, Coraline, and friends take to their bed to raise funds for MyMusicRx programs.

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Death Cab for Cutie, Weird Al & More Perform From Bed for Online Bedstock Festival

Death Cab for Cutie, Hozier, “Weird Al” Yankovic and more musicians are coming together for Bedstock, the most comfortable music festival in existence. The online music event has artists perform music from their beds, lying in solidarity with kids fighting serious illnesses who are forced to spend their holidays in the hospital.

This year’s Bedstock begins on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 27) and runs until Dec. 4. The online festival is the first of its kind, and includes performances from CCA children in addition to the videos recorded by various musicians like Bishop Briggs and Tune-Yards. “[I’m] grateful to be joining so many excellent artists playing from bed to do a little part to heal and uplift seriously ill kids,” Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards tells Billboard. 

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MyMusicRX New Digital Extension

MyMusicRX is a program aimed at helping kids and teens facing cancer or other serious illnesses through music. Sarah Marshall and Bob Lum, both MyMusicRX Austin board members, talk about the program and something new it’s launching.

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Vance Joy Brings ‘Ukuleles for Kids’ to Children’s Hospitals for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Vance Joy has launched a new charitable initiative called Ukuleles for Kids. The musician teamed up with ukulele brand Kala and MyMusicRx — the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association — to kick off his new program, bringing the instruments to children in hospitals. Joy himself will film video lessons hosted by MyMusicRx, teaching the notes to songs including his own “Riptide” and latest single “Saturday Sun.” Kala will donate plastic, hospital-sanitary ukuleles, encouraging patients to learn how to play.

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CCA Launches Digital Music Medicine

The digital service, which is available daily on any device at MyMusicRx.org and at more than 25 pediatric hospitals nationwide, empowers hospitalized kids to shift, plan, and grow through music by utilizing a proprietary mood-shift tool to help them feel better, faster. MyMusicRx.org’s extensive “Listen, Learn, Play” content library features music lessons, games, and exclusive videos from national recording artists like Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, Norah Jones, Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, The Decemberists, and Tegan and Sara.

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Local musicians bring joy to young patients

St. David’s Children’s Hospital is helping patients heal with the power of music. The north Austin hospital partnered with MyMusicRx, to bring local Austin musicians to the hospital and play for children.  The volunteers are all specially trained to learn music medicine techniques, depending on a child’s mood and needs. “Our specialists play music, the often will even teach lessons,” said Abby Guyer, vice president of brand for Children’s Cancer Association, “and the notion is that kids get to be in charge of the interaction. so we like to say its kid-prescribed rather than doctor-prescribed.”

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SXSW puts on music show for kids at Dell Children’s Hospital

Music from SXSW made a stop at Dell Children’s Hospital on Thursday! It’s the sixth year for MyMusicRX to partner with Dell Children’s for the music event where musicians play in the courtyard at the hospital for any patient who wants to listen.

“MyMusicRX brings joy to children that are in the hospital and not able to experience the things that other kids are able to enjoy,” said Sarah Marshall with the MyMusicRX Austin Champions Board, “It’s just a break from the medications, a break from the treatments, just a time to laugh and have fun.”

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