Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. – Elton John
The Songs for Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded by Josh Rifkind in May of 2007. He set off with a mission statement using music “to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness and hardship.” That year, the foundation was able to visit 18 different hospitals throughout Georgia. By 2013, the foundation was able to visit over 1,000 hospitals. Through live concerts, hospital bedside performances, and the Songs for Kids Records and songwriting and recording programs, the lives of children battling adult-sized problems are enriched. Since then, the foundation has boomed and is now in four states and currently services all of the children’s hospitals in Georgia in addition to hospitals in California, Washington and North Carolina.
500 Songs for Kids is the organization’s way to raise money and bring awareness to this astounding foundation. It takes place every spring time in Atlanta, and will feature hundreds of musicians performing Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 500 songs of all time. Famous musicians have been known to play in the past, such as Meiko, Zac Brown Band, Belle & Sebastian, and Brent Hinds from Mastodon. It will take place over twelve nights and different music venues throughout Atlanta:
April 3 and 4: Smith’s Olde Bar (18+)
April 10 and 11: The Earl (21+)
April 17 and 18: Vinyl @ Center Stage (All Ages)
April 23, 24 and 25: Vinyl @ Center Stage (All Ages)
April 30, May 1 and 2: Smith’s Olde Bar (18+)
*The Cherry Bomb (Joan Jett Tribute Band fronted by yours truly) will be playing “I Love Rock n’ Roll” at the 500 Songs for Kids benefit on April 3. Help us to reach our fundraising goal!