About Songs For Kids Foundation

  • May 2, 2007 - Our first ever hospital visit at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with special guest Brett Dennen
  • July 31, 2008 - Our first hospital visit at Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Songs For Kids Foundation exists to give kids battling serious illness opportunities to be creative and express themselves through music. We’ve brought music into hospitals all over the US and run regular programs in children's hospitals in 5 states. Songs for Kids musicians perform in-hospital mini concerts for whole floors of patients and make individual bedside visits for kids who don’t have the chance to leave their rooms. Our musicians are dedicated artists, trained in hospital procedures, and they don't let illness get in the way of kids having a good time. We've played guitars wearing latex gloves and scrubs, sung classic rock anthems from behind surgical masks, and provided the soundtrack for physical therapy exercises in the rehab gym.

We're not there to just play a couple of songs, provide a distraction, and leave; our goal is to form the kinds of meaningful relationships that it takes to help kids deal with their illnesses through creativity; in addition to hospital performances, we provide opportunities for songwriting and recording to give kids a chance to put their experiences into words and feel a sense of accomplishment -- how many people can say they've written and professionally recorded a song in the midst of medical procedures, chemo, checkups, and tests?

Our artists have been bringing music into the lives of these amazing kids for 10 years, and we've performed in nearly every children's hospital in the United States. This year, we're putting all that experience to work with a one-on-one music mentorship program that will be available to kids both in and out of the hospital. Kids who join the program will work with their own Songs For Kids musician on a dedicated music project. Whether that means songwriting, singing lessons, or learning an instrument, we can't wait to see and showcase the awesome work they do together.

Songs For Kids: we're honored to rock with the kids who need us most.

  • "I have seen personally the positive effects of Songs for Kids for the patients at our hospital. Songs for Kids bring music and laughter to a place where kids might be frightened otherwise."

    Jami Wolfe
    Certified Child Life Specialist, MCGHealth’s Children’s Medical Center

  • "For the past several years, Songs for Kids Foundation has consistently brought an uplifting sense of joy to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For many of [our patients], this is a rare opportunity to truly come out of their shells and shine. It is a healing experience both for the children and their families who are able to see them enjoy this creative expression."

    Meryl Franco
    Volunteer Services, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

  • "Songs For Kids Foundation is one of the most exciting initiatives I have ever seen."

    Erik M. Robbins Executive Director, Camp Twin Lakes

Songs For Kids Foundation Founding Board of Directors

Josh Rifkind
Founder/President

Sanjay Kothari
Treasurer

Justin Kerenyi
Secretary

Kendra Gurkin
In Loving Memory

Songs For Kids Foundation Advisory Board

Pablo Henderson Brand Manager, North America, Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts
PJ Morton musician, Maroon 5
Margaret R. Marshall Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Tim Sweetwood C3 Presents
Carla Jann United Distributors
Tony Martin Medlytix, LLC
Brad McGrew Waypoint Wealth Counsel
Bo Wilkins SoundRiver Advisors
Rodney Taylor Associate, Morgan Stanley
Ryan Engelberger musician, Reptar