Feel the Music Blog

Give Back on #GivingTuesday!

Join Feel the Music! on December 3, 2013 On December 3rd, charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more are coming together for #GivingTuesday – a national movement to celebrate giving! Share your support!   Donate today! Tell others about your donations on Facebook & Twitter Change your profile picture on Facebook & Instagram to our Feel the Music! logo (download here) & tell your friends why Feel the Music matters to you Take a photo, tag it w/…

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FtM founder Valerie Ghent featured in FEMA Think Tank

We are delighted to announce our founder and Executive Director, singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent, was a panelist in a recent FEMA Think Tank conference call, held on September 25, 2013. Valerie spoke about Feel the Music!, her own experience as a volunteer at the WTC site, and the role of music and the arts during the 9/11 recovery to a national audience. After her presentation, the call was opened up to questions and comments from disaster relief workers and from the…

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In Remembrance, with Love.

On this 12th anniversary of 9/11, all of us at Feel the Music! remember and honor those who tragically lost their lives twelve years ago. To all our families, to our extended 9/11 community, we send love and strength. As we remember, we love, we weep, and we find one another. Our journey together over these twelve years has made profound changes in many of our lives. Today, we join you in remembrance. In times of deep sadness and reflection…

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Feel the Music! at FEMA Think Tank – Innovating in Disasters

Feel the Music! Executive Director Valerie Ghent attended an all-day FEMA Think Tank on ‘Innovating in Disasters’ at the White House Eisenhower Executive Building in Washington DC on August 27, 2013. Over 80 innovators from the tech, art, public, non-profit, and private sector communities gathered to think about ways to improve the disaster survivor experience. A second event will be held later this fall to follow up on ideas generated in the think tank. We are honored to share what…

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Feel the Music! Fall 2013

WOW! Do we have a busy fall! Percussion workshops at VISIONS, singing & songwriting for seniors at St. Peter’s Church – all now posted on our upcoming Events page. The above music workshop series are launching in October, with culminating public concerts planned for November and December. We’re excited! And that’s not all, special events are in the works for music workshops at Columbia Presbyterian, Bailey’s Cafe and our annual fall retreat for 9/11 families. Stay tuned! & wherever you…

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New Video! Feel the Music at VISIONS

Feel the Music at VISIONS with teaching artist and master percussionist Bashiri Johnson. This culminating concert includes Francis Mbappe and Feel the Music! founder, Valerie Ghent, alongside Visions senior participants. Also features an interview with Ann De Shazo, LMSW, Director of the Visions Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

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Feel the Music! at Bailey’s Cafe

Feel the Music! and Bailey’s Cafe join hands to bring seniors and young people together in the arts. Beginning February, 2013, Feel the Music! brings arts programming to Bailey’s Cafe in Brooklyn, where young people and seniors exchange experiences and ideas through music and art projects. Youth (ages 8-17) and seniors learn to sing together, write songs, make art with one another, and facilitate meaningful bonds between generations. FREE for participants. Feel the Music! at Bailey’s Cafe: Two generations making…

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Feel the Music! Sandy Relief

Feel the Music! launches arts program for communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy: What a devastating fall we have been through together. The ongoing aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is heart-wrenching, as is the knowledge that it will continue to be felt by so many in the weeks and months ahead. Here at Feel the Music! we are quickly developing a program to bring music, art and creative self-expression directly into the communities most impacted by the storm. With FtM Sandy Relief…

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Feel the Music! Songwriting for Seniors – Fall 2012

Announcing our Feel the Music! “Songwriting for Seniors” workshops this fall! We are delighted to kick off October bringing Singing and Songwriting to members of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, at St. Peter’s Church. Starting October 5, 2012, Feel the Music! will bring weekly songwriting workshops to seniors at Lenox Hill with renowned songwriting instructors Ina May Wool and Thomas Boyd. This free songwriting workshop series runs for 10 Fridays, culminating in a public concert. Save the date now – December…

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Exposed on the Cliffs of the Heart…

All of us at Feel the Music! would like to take a moment to remember and honor the lives tragically lost 11 years ago; to send our love to the many they left behind; and to express our gratitude to those who courageously worked in the rescue and recovery efforts. On this anniversary we are also reminded that the past 11 years have turned children into adults, strangers into friends, and individuals into strong communities. We would like to share…

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