About Songs For Kids Foundation


Songs For Kids impacts thousands of hospitalized and special needs children and their families, as we continue to grow our vision and commitment for national service.

Songs For Kids gives kids with illnesses, injuries, and special needs 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?

In January 2019, we opened the Songs For Kids Center for kids with illnesses, injuries, and special needs to come take lessons, write and record music, enjoy a performance, or put on their own! The Songs For Kids Center is a safe space that respects and honors life challenges while fostering a sense of normalcy. Kids are able to be kids, and we nurture and develop their love of music throughout the year.

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

Songs For Kids Foundation: About Us
  • "Songs For Kids instantly became the gold standard for the type of place we want our son to spend his precious time. The music center is a place of dreams for parents in our similar circumstance.

    With a beautiful, light-filled space full of professional instruments, recording studio and a lighted marquee that reads “Songs For Kids Presents Nolan”, it took all we had to not break down in tears of joy. We feel so fortunate to have learned of this place and be surrounded by the most musically talented and loving people we’ve ever known."

    Jeff, Nolan’s Dad

  • "I know she loves the attention, and Songs For Kids treats her on-age there which means a lot. She has dwarfism so even though she's almost 12, she looks younger and a lot of people make assumptions.

    The Songs For Kids Center is a space to be herself and express herself. She lights up when she knows we're going. I don't have a 'morning child' but she sets her alarm for 8:30 so she can be ready in time for her visit.

    We didn't realize how important music was to her until all of a sudden there was a piano in front of her and she was so happy."

    Jennifer, Julianna's Mom

  • "At Songs For Kids you're not being defined by your disability. For Lydia that's important because she doesn't want to hear about it anymore; she's done with all that. For Lydia, [music]'s not just a pastime – it gives her life and a reason to keep going every day. I do value that music mentor relationship – it's really key for her. She really looks forward to working with Weston twice a week. She has memory problems so it always feels good when she asks Are we going to see Weston tomorrow? I think Songs For Kids is so important to her and she's looking forward to it so much that she's able to keep it in her brain."

    Rachel, Lydia's Mom

Songs For Kids Foundation Board of Directors

Josh Rifkind
Founder/President
Sanjay Kothari
Treasurer
Justin Kerenyi
Secretary
Ryan Radding
Board Member
Kendra Gurkin
In Loving Memory
Songs For Kids Foundation Advisory Board:
Rodney Taylor, Associate, Morgan Stanley
Tim Sweetwood, C3 Presents
Carla Jann Carroll, Director of Marketing, United Distributors
Tony Martin, Vice President Strategic Clients, Medlytix, LLC
Bo Wilkins, Wilkins Insurance Group