Blake Shelton / Lauren Alaina

Musicians on Call and Blake Shelton Team Up for a Kick Off​ Concert to Celebrate 20 Years

Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, is hosting its 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration in Nashville on Friday, May 31 at the CMA Theater. The event will celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary of delivering the healing power of music nationwide and will feature a headlining performance by Warner Music Nashville superstar Blake Shelton and an opening set from label mate Cale Dodds. 

Shane Tarleton, longtime MOC supporter and SVP of Artist Development for Warner Music Nashville will be recognized as the organization’s first Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the event for his decade-long support of MOC as an Advisory Board Member. Shane is being recognized for his commitment to health and music causes throughout Nashville including his volunteer service with Musicians On Call at Alive Hospice and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. 

Also during the program, Charlie Cook, VP/Country Formats, Cumulus Media, Operations Manager/Cumulus Media-Nashville, and Program Director/WSM-FM, will receive the Leadership in Music Golden Ukulele in gratitude for the support Cumulus and Nash FM has given to MOC. Universal Music Group Nashville recording artist Lauren Alaina will receive the Music Heals Award thanks to her commitment to volunteering at Musicians On Call’s Bedside Performance Program. 

The celebration will begin with an exclusive VIP reception at the CMA Theater, followed by performances by Dodds and a full-band set from Shelton. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public starting on sale Friday, April 26 at 10:00 AM (CT). Pre-sale will begin Wednesday, April 24 for existing Musicians On Callvolunteers and supporters. Tickets can be found at www.musiciansoncall.org/MOC20.

“Over the past 20 years we’ve brought the healing power of music to over 700,000 people in hospitals nationwide. A single song has the ability to lift a patient’s spirit unlike anything else and science has proven that music does actually help patients heal,” said Musicians On Call President & CEO Pete Griffin. “It’s been an honor to bring this experience to facilities nationwide and we could not have done it without the support of our community, volunteers and artists who generously give their time and talents to brighten someone’s day, especially champions like Shane Tarleton, Charlie Cook and Lauren Alaina. What better way to celebrate this milestone than with music icon, Blake Shelton!”  

Musicians On Call 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration is sponsored by City National Bank, Outback Presents, Warner Music Nashville, OnSite, HCA, RIAA, UMG Nashville, YouTube, Cumulus Media and John and Stephanie Roberts. 

Musicians On Call will also host special celebratory events coast to coast, starting with an kick-off concert in Nashville. This fall MOC will honor its founders and many supporters throughout its 20 years at a gala celebration in New York City. Leading up to the gala celebration, MOC will host celebrity hospital visits, a 20th anniversary auction, social challenge and its first-ever 20-day fundraising challenge. Throughout the year, MOC will be posting its favorite MOC Moments using #MOC20 and encourages supporters to post their favorites as well.  

MOC began with its first Bedside Performance Program in New York in 1999, co-founded by music industry entrepreneurs Michael Solomon and Vivek Tiwary, and has since expanded across the country with programs in 20 major markets. The program first came to Nashville in 2007 and has since performed for more than 155,000 individuals in local hospitals. The organization’s Volunteer musicians have performed for more than 700,000 individuals nationwide. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Reba McEntire, Gavin DeGraw, Darius Rucker, Pharrell, Amos Lee, Nick Jonas, Rachel Platten and many more have all supported Musicians On Call. 

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for this one-of-a-kind night and a silent auction will be open to event attendees and the general public. Bid now or purchase sponsorships at www.musiciansoncall.org/MOC20

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