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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CCA + Legacy: Collaborative study looks to decrease pain and anxiety in children with live music post-surgery

“Most of the published work on the effects of music in patients involves adults,” said R. Serene Perkins, MD, Director of Surgical and Clinical Research, Legacy Research Institute. “Assessing and managing pain and anxiety in children is more difficult, which is what led us to explore the impact of music medicine in a pilot group of hospitalized children. We believe there is a critical gap in pediatric oncology research: understanding the role of integrative therapies to combat the adverse effects of stress on pediatric patients.”

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Children’s Cancer Association Clinical Trial Explores Efficacy of Music Medicine on Kids in Hospital

In a first of its kind collaboration, the Portland, OR-based Children’s Cancer Association (CCA)Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel (RCH)and Legacy Research Institute (LRI) co-led a study to assess the impact of using live music medicine on post-surgery pediatric patients to reduce pain and anxiety. The study was led by R. Serene Perkins, M.D. and Shaban Demirel, PhD in partnership with CCA professional staff and focused on CCA’s flagship program, MyMusicRx. As part of the study, thirty-two pediatric patients aged between 5 and 18 years were considered to receive one live, customized music session by a MyMusicRx music specialist within 12 hours after surgery.

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Watch Portugal. The Man Sing in Bed

That’s right, it’s the return of Bedstock, the annual festival for kids and teens with cancer organized by MyMusicRX, where artists perform from bed to show solidarity for children who have to spend the festive season in theirs.  Since its inception in 2014, Bedstock has featured more than 240 bands and artists, 54 kids, 45 authors (they read stories from bed), and raised more than $170,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association. The #BedstockChallenge, which encourages fans and social media users to post their own Bedstock videos, has seen entries from all over the globe, including from India, Argentina, Germany, and Japan. Check out Portugal. The Man’s under-the-covers cover of “Don’t Look Back in Anger” in the video.

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Watch Ed Sheeran Play ‘Shape of You’ Acoustic for Bedstock

Since 2014, Bedstock has featured performances from more than 100 artists, 40 kids served by MyMusicRx programs, and 40 writers reading their favorite children’s books from bed. New for 2017 is a festival-plus approach that encourages the global online community to participate in Bedstock through #BedstockChallenge. Artists will play from their beds on Giving Tuesday and invite their fans, other musicians, comedians, chefs, athletes, and influencers to film their own Bedstock videos, post to their own social networks, and challenge their friends to participate. If you so desire, here’s how it works:

Step One: Get in bed and film your own performance
Step Two: Upload to social media and tag it #BedstockChallenge
Step Three: Tag your friends and challenge them to create their own videos

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See Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, others perform in bed to benefit sick kids

The pair have joined a growing list of pop stars from around the globe who film themselves performing their hits while tucked in bed as part of Bedstock, an online music festival created in solidarity with seriously ill children who are forced to spend their holidays in hospital beds.

“I’m excited to be performing from bed for Bedstock this year and hope that my fans and social followers will join me in supporting such an amazing cause,” Nick Jonas said in a statement. “To play in bed for hospitalized kids who can’t get out of theirs, is an incredible honor that I am proud to be a part of.”

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Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas & More to Perform (From Bed!) for Bedstock

Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas and dozens of other stars will join forces Tuesday (Nov. 28) for Bedstock, an online music festival where artists play from their beds to show solidarity and raise money for cancer-stricken children who spent their holidays in bed as well. Bedstock is the creation of MyMusicRx, the flagship music medicine program of the Children’s Cancer Association. Iron & Wine’s Sam Beamwill participate in this year’s Bedstock. “Taking part in the Bedstock festival with MyMusicRx was an easy decision,” Beam said. “It’s a lovely cause with an important mission and I’m honored to help draw attention to their cause with a song. We also had a lot of fun filming the video. I didn’t even have to get out of bed!”

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Jessica Meuse Sings For Bedstock

Country artist and American Idol Top 4 Finalist, Jessica Meuse, will debut her new music video entitled, “Love Her Better,” at MyMusicRx’s Bedstock Festival on Giving Tuesday (November 28th). “I’m very grateful to be involved with Children’s Cancer Association’s MyMusicRX for Bedstock Festival 2017,” said Jessica. Bedstock is a one-of-a-kind, life-changing music festival, where artists play from bed for sick kids that are stuck in theirs. This is Year 4 of Bedstock, and it’s “Bigger and Bedder” than ever.

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Kadlec goes for ‘Music as Medicine’ with New Pediatric Program

Kadlec Regional Medical Center took up a new “music as medicine” program Friday for its pediatric patients. Northwest Mutual in Kennewick donated $15,000 and Kadlec added another $5,000 to bring the program to the hospital. “We have had volunteers sharing their musical talents with our patients for years, but bringing the MyMusicRx program to our youngest patients helps ease their way during their stay in the hospital, ” said Reza Kaleel, Kadlec chief administrative officer.  The program comes from the Portland-based Children’s Cancer Center. Kadlec is the first regional-sized hospital to try it out.

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