Magazine article International Musician

MPTF Pledges $200,000 to Present More Than 1,000 Free, Live and Age-Friendly Musical Performances for Older Adults

Magazine article International Musician

MPTF Pledges $200,000 to Present More Than 1,000 Free, Live and Age-Friendly Musical Performances for Older Adults

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The recording industry's Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) announced Sept. 3 the fund has doubled the number of live MusicianFest performances they will support in senior centers throughout the US and Canada this year. The fund will invest more than $200,000 in over 1,000 events, which will be coordinated and implemented by local AFM offices.

Aligned with September's National Senior

Center Month, MusicianFest events and film, MusicianFest: Never Too Old, will promote awareness of and access to free musical performances serving vulnerable populations such as those who are homeless or have disabilities. As the older adult population grows, communities recognize they must offer creative, age-friendly activities in safe environments to help them remain active and maintain connections in their communities.

"Live music stimulates our emotions and gets people up and moving, reconnecting with joyful memories and interacting with each other," says Dan Beck, the MPTF trustee. "The enthusiasm we experience when bringing together professional musicians with older populations has only fueled our desire to preserve and grow MusicianFest. …

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