Until the Week of Giving
Intuitively, most people believe music is therapeutic and use it in some form for their own well-being – through music listening, playing, drum circles, with meditation, etc. Music therapy looks even deeper into this innate connection to music to discover the ways that music and rhythm are the mechanisms for healing, rehabilitation and overall quality of life and health.
The first program that was funded by the MTIF was Music Therapy for Hospice and Palliative care. In collaboration with Enloe Hospice, Feather River Hospice, and Butte Home Health and Hospice, the MTIF has served over 75 patients over the last 2.5 years. Music therapy continues to be a highly requested and impactful program in hospice care.
When the Camp Fire happened, the MTIF connected with the Boys and Girls Club of Chico to begin Group Empowerment Drumming for children and youth affected by the fire. We are now working with approximately 100 children at 4 different sites each week and are a part of the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group to find ways to reach more people who could benefit from music therapy.
In August of 2020 the MTIF began collaborated with the North Valley Community Foundation to help implement an online choir for people with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers.
With additional funding, the MTIF is looking forward to starting programs to work with Veterans, foster families, juvenile detention programs, and to continue its community collaborations in the field of trauma and resilience.
The Mission of the Music Therapy Impact Fund is to establish music therapy as a standard in health care, beginning with our local community.