Music and Medicine
Our beneficiary, The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine (LACMM), provides therapeutic support for patients in need, offering individual and group music therapy sessions, in addition to conducting clinical research and educating within the practice of music therapy. Programming at the LACMM includes areas of focus such as infants diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), including infants with Iatrogenic (hospital acquired) exposure to opioids that need to be withdrawn; Alzheimer’s patients; stroke patients, and their partners and families; and musicians with ailments such as overuse, performance anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue, to name a few. Proceeds from our Wonderful World annual gala helps ensure that the Center can continue on with its important work.
There is substantial scientific evidence that clinical music therapy can improve the lives of people across all generations, especially where developmental and/or emotional impairments might restrict or impede wellness and/or involvement in a community.
Music Therapy can enhance resilience and integrate physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual domains of everyday living. It can combat symptoms affiliated with depression, heart disease, asthma-COPD, neurologic dysfunction, diabetes, cancer, chronic pain, and more.