A Brief History 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 is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2007 with the mission to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness and hardship. We integrate musicians year-round into the lives of kids both in and out of children's hospitals and special needs camps through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and our Songs For Kids Records songwriting & recording program.

In May 2007, Songs For Kids made its first hospital visit to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, the popularity of our unique programs has led to rapid expansion and a surging demand (18 visits in 2007, over 1000 in 2013). Songs For Kids is now in four states and currently services all of the children's hospitals in Georgia in addition to two hospitals in Los Angeles, CA, one in Orange County, CA, one in Spokane, WA and two in Charlotte, NC.

In January, 2013 we launched our first Songs For Kids Tour. In what may have been the biggest children’s hospital outreach program in history, the tour reached over 5,000 hospitalized children and families in 239 children’s hospitals in 180+ cities. The journey lasted over 250 days and covered 32,000 miles, as kids had the opportunity to sing, dance, laugh and smile in hospitals across every region in the United States.

  • "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