Music Heals Charitable Foundation

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Contact: Chris Brandt
Music Heals
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Email: chris@musicheals.ca

Music Heals Launches iPod® Pharmacy On Vancouver Island

First satellite office of program utilizing used iPods to provide therapy and ease to music therapy patients

Vancouver, BC, September 25th, 2013 – Music Heals is expanding its popular iPod® ipodPharmPharmacy program to Vancouver Island, thanks to the support of Scotiabank and Skullcandy. Donations of good-as-new iPods can now be made via the Victoria Conservatory of Music, with all donations serving music therapists on Vancouver Island.

The iPod Pharmacy combines donations of working iPods with brand new headphones from Skullcandy and iTunes gift cards paid for by local branches of Scotiabank, and delivers them to music therapists for use with their patients. The act of giving someone an iPod is not in and of itself music therapy, but it is one more tool for the music therapist to have at his or her disposal.

“We could have managed this program from Vancouver, but with this satellite office we are sending what we feel is an important message that donations and support from Vancouver Island will stay on Vancouver Island”, says Chris Brandt, Music Heals’ Executive Director.

“There are 22 music therapists working with individuals of all ages on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands”, says Vancouver Island music therapist Oona Jean. “The expansion of this program will give island music therapists and their clients more options when it comes to using technology in their practice.  This may mean for example a music therapist would be able to load songs important to a client on an iPod for use by the client between sessions.”

“Music has played an instrumental role in my life. It provides a medium to communicate, motivate, inspire and change a mood. I have always thought music is highly therapeutic and was very excited by the ability of Music Heals to capture this magic and use it to heal. We’re proud to be a sponsor to support their important work”, says Andrea Jakeman-Brown, whose donation from the downtown Victoria branch of Scotiabank facilitated the launch the program on Vancouver Island.

Good-as-new iPods can be dropped off in person at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, or by mail to iPod® Pharmacy c/o Victoria Conservatory of Music, 900 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8V 3N4

About Music Heals

The Music Heals Charitable Foundation raises awareness of the healing powers of music and fundraises for music therapy and related services across Canada. Their mission is to increase patient access to music therapy in children’s hospitals, seniors’ homes, palliative care facilities, at-risk youth programs and more. Music Heals also manages the iPod Pharmacy, Caring Concerts hospital performances, and A Night Out For Music Heals.

For more information, contact Chris Brandt chris@musicheals.ca

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