Music in Medicine Fund

ricky with patient
©2016 Charlotte Kesl Photography

Every day at UF Health, professional musicians trained to work in the healthcare setting impact the lives of our patients and staff by delivering live music at the bedside and in public spaces. In addition, these musicians participate in clinical research examining the efficacy and power of music to impact how care is delivered, and how wellness is perceived. They provide mentorship for student musicians preparing to do this work in other hospitals and communities. The Music in Medicine fund was created to help ensure a solid funding base to support the work of these talented artists.

Our team of musicians are not just part of this hospital, they are part of the Gainesville community. When AIM musician in residence Jason Hedges learned of the untimely death of Gainesville’s greatest musician, Tom Petty, he began work on a hometown music festival in honor of the late musician. Thus the Tom Petty Birthday Bash was born. This event not only shared the legacy of Tom Petty with thousands of fans each year, but also provided a portion of their proceeds to the Music in Medicine Fund.

Tom believed that music should be shared without limits, and that its power lies in its ability to transcend demographics like age, health condition, or socioeconomic status. A vision shared by Arts in Medicine and manifest through music performances at the hospital bedside – harnessing the transformative power of music.

As a thank you to Clare Garner for their charitable donation to the Music in Medicine fund, AIM musicians present a favorite song of theirs, “Ripple” by the Grateful Dead. Performed by Ricky Kendall, Michael Claytor and Sam Moss.

Special thank you to the William T. Bland Jr. Charitable Trust, whose recent donation to the Music in Medicine Fund will help support AIM musicians in residence! This donation will help ensure that they continue to thrive as they provide joy and comfort to patients, their families, and staff at UF Health in Gainesville, FL.

Tom Petty's "Wildflowers"

performed by AIM's musicians in residence

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