Music Performance Trust Fund MusicianFest Launches and Expands to Canada

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Music Performance Trust Fund MusicianFest Launches and Expands to Canada


The Film Fund and Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) are teaming up with organizations in the US and Canada to bring live music to older adults at senior centers this year. Named MusicianFest, the program will stage up to 500 free performances at senior centers in an effort to bring the positive impact of music into the lives of older adults. The concert series also will boost the employment of local musicians-many of whom will be contemporaries of their audiences. In the US, MPTF is collaborating with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and in Canada, they've teamed up with the Health Arts Society of Canada.

Inaugural US Event

The inaugural US MusicianFest event was held at the University Settlement Neighborhood Center. Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash of Local 802 (New York City) introduced the first MusicianFest performer and spoke about the MPTF and the many benefits of music in her life.

"For me, music is the greatest healing force in my life. When I want to sort out my memories, when I want to cry, I find a good, sad piece of music to do that. When I want to remember old times, when I want to connect with people I love, and the feeling I had when I fell in love or when I lost someone, or when I went on a journey. Music is the currency and the language for all of that, and it always has been for me. I've made sense of my life through music," says Cash.

Noted New York guitarist and singer Richard Frank of Local 802 (New York City) was the first MusicianFest performer. Nearly 100 older adults joined the celebration, singing and dancing to the music. (View video highlights of the event here https:// youtu.be/ZVK1cfLHZSA.)

"With the support of the AFM and NCOA's guidance, we look forward to merging the capabilities of senior advocates with professional musicians to create dynamic programs," says MPTF Trustee Dan Beck. "We are grateful for the support from the Film Fund to create this new initiative. …

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