Dr. Concetta Tomaino, Executive Director/Co-Founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function; honorees Thomas E. Nobile and Thomas F. Roberts IV of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, The Bank of New York Mellon; legendary performer and IMNF board member Michael Feinstein; and Chairman of the IMNF Board of Directors Edwin H. Stern III.
Michael Feinstein Helps Raise $170,000 to Fund Innovative Music Therapy Programs for the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function
The 2007 Music Has Power Awards/Benefit at New York’s Regency Hotel supports patient care, scientific research, education and training in music therapy.
New York music icon Michael Feinstein recently helped raise more than $170,000 to continue funding music therapy programs and support research initiatives of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF). Making his first New York appearance following his triumphal sold-out summer concert tour of Japan, Feinstein took the stage on September 10 at his Park Avenue nightclub, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency – The Nightclub of New York, to host and headline the 2007 Music Has PowerTM Awards. Held at Loews Regency Hotel for the first time, this annual benefit event and awards ceremony celebrates the visionary spirit and pioneering mission of the IMNF to combine science and music to promote healing and wellness.
According to a Proclamation issued by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declaring September 10, 2007 as Music Has Power Day, “Great music invites us to smile, dance, and sing along – but thanks to the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, it can also do much more…Their important work, and the generosity of those who have made it possible, should be music to all New Yorkers’ ears.”
The IMNF’s groundbreaking and internationally recognized programs use music therapy to assist in the “awakening and healing” of individuals with a wide-range of conditions including strokes, trauma, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases.
Plans are also underway to expand IMNF work in music therapy to childhood developmental conditions including autism.
More than a star performer, Michael Feinstein is also a dedicated member of the Board of Directors of the IMNF and has donated his time and talents to making the Music Has Power event a resounding success.
“I’ve learned from personal experience the extraordinary transformation that can occur with music,” says Feinstein, “I am amazed at what has been accomplished in regards to music therapy already, and even more so by the possibilities on the horizon.”
Honored for their ongoing involvement, guidance and support of the IMNF are Thomas F. Roberts IV and Thomas E. Nobile, both from The Bank of New York Mellon. Thomas F. Roberts IV is a managing director and head of the New York City Private Banking Offices of BNY Mellon Wealth Management and Thomas E. Nobile, CFA, is vice president and a senior portfolio manager of BNY Mellon Wealth Management. “There are so many people who've experienced a loss of function, and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function is giving them a chance to live full lives again,” said Nobile, “When music therapy can help give people back their lives, you have to do what you can to support it.”
The 2007 Music Has Power Awards were underwritten by The Bank of New York Mellon with additional support from Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, Steinway and Sons, Francis Ford Coppola Presents, and Tumbador Chocolate.
The Music Has Power Awards was established seven years ago to celebrate and recognize the significant accomplishments of the men and women who have supported or have brought new understanding to the use of the power of music to awaken and heal. Previous recipients of the Music Has Power Awards include Dr. Oliver Sacks, Mickey Hart, Remo Belli, moby, and Henry Z.Steinway.