M.U.S.I.C. Project iPod Drive and Fundraising Concert

M.U.S.I.C. Project, a nonprofit that uses music to educate and heal people, from toddlers to those with advanced dementia, is holding an iPod Drive and fundraising concert at Sam’s Music Hall at 330 East Grayson Street in San Antonio on May 22 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for the event that features Nakia and Laura Marie, or you can get in free by donating a working iPod.

Emcee for the evening is David Rios, host of the KONO 101.1 morning show. A silent auction will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to buy tickets, go to Sam’s Burger Joint.

M.U.S.I.C. Project  is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 2013 by Tim Slusher. M.U.S.I.C. is an acronym for Musicians Uniting and Supporting In Communities.

The organization partners with local musicians to provide performances and other music-related activities to those in need of music’s ability to educate, heal and unite. M.U.S.I.C. Project musicians have volunteered for Pre-K 4 SA, Humor for Heroes, The Children’s Shelter, The Children’s Museum and multiple nursing facilities.

In February, M.U.S.I.C. Project hosted a local songwriting contest with the prompt “Music’s Effect on Memory.” The winner, ocal singer songwriter, Laura Marie was awarded a $250 cash prize and a professional recording of the song. Click here to watch her winning song.

M.U.S.I.C. Project has invited Laura Marie and the runners-up San Antonio artists: Katrina Curtiss, John Moses and Jack Pledge to participate in the May 22 event. Also performing will be local band, The Foreign Arm and M.U.S.I.C. Project supporter and contest judge Nakia.

Nakia is a board member of the Austin Music Commission, was a contestant on first season of The Voice, has played the ACL Festival and has shared the stage with Willie Nelson and B.B. King.

M.U.S.I.C. Project has been working with the Music & Memory organization since 2013. Recently they partnered with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to assist with the organization’s Music & Memory statewide program. The pilot program, which was started in May 2015, is designed to enrich the lives of persons living with dementia.

Research has shown memories connected to music are hard-wired in an area of the brain which remains unaffected by dementia. By drawing on these memories, patients are able to converse and socialize in a higher-functioning capacity than they could prior to participation. The process involves providing residents with iPods containing music from their past in order to reach and unlock these memories. In addition to a higher quality of life, other benefits include lower blood pressure, reduced stress, and help with pain management.

“We are honored to be helping our local seniors with dementia to once again find a sense of self. We hope more and more nursing facilities will join in our mission,” said Slusher, Executive Director M.U.S.I.C. Project

With 32 Texas facilities currently participating in the Music & Memory program and 100 more in the works, efforts are focused on raising funds to certify additional facilities and train staff and volunteers, as well as procuring iPods, headphones and a musical library.