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.
performed by AIM's musicians in residence
Highlighting research examining the power for live preferential music in the ED conducted by the UF Center for Arts in Medicine.