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2010 Music Has Power™ Awards

Music Has Power Awards

2010 Music Has Power Awards Honorees Donald and Shelley Rubin; Concetta Tomaino, IMNF Executive Director; Edwin Stern III, Chairman of the IMNF Board of Directors; Michael Fassler, President and CEO, Beth Abraham Family of Health Services.

Four-Time Grammy Award Winning Musician Michael Feinstein headlines the IMNF 2010 Music Has Power Awards Benefit at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

Institute for Music and Neurologic Function Honors Shelley & Donald Rubin and Petr Janata for their Commitment to the Healing Power of Music

The healing power of music and the helping power of musicians came together on September 14th when acclaimed four-time Grammy® Award winning musician Michael Feinstein headlined the 10th Annual Music Has Power Awards benefit at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency – The Nightclub of New York. Widely recognized as one of the most beloved interpreters of American popular songs, Michael Feinstein has dedicated his career to reviving and promoting the works of legendary singers and songwriters, including Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Frank Sinatra.

The Music Has Power Awards are presented annually by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) to honor those individuals in the arts, sciences and business communities whose work contributes to the advancement of vital, often groundbreaking music therapy research, development and programs. This year, the IMNF honored Shelley and Donald Rubin as well as Petr Janata.

Shelley and Donald Rubin have a strong belief in the power of music to heal. As a result, Music and Memory, which began as a project of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, is now an independent philanthropic organization that has brought personalized music to people with Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders, enriching their lives.

A collaboration between Music and Memory and the IMNF resulted in Well-Tuned: Music Players for Health, a program that gives people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia the opportunity to access therapeutic music remotely. Through the Well-Tuned: Music Players for Health program, IMNF music therapists work with family members and caregivers to create a customized list of music, specifically tailored for the individual with dementia. The music is then loaded onto an iPod and listened to in order to stabilize mood, reduce tension and improve overall quality of life.

Petr Janata, a cognitive neuroscientist at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California Davis campus, is researching why music is a force so compelling that it can bind people together, stir memories and lift depression. Among his current projects is a study on the efficacy of a program involving patients who hear custom-tailored, individually selected music over the course of the day to help reduce negative behaviors that occur in residential care facilities.

A member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, 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 neurological conditions including strokes, trauma, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases.

The 2010 Music Has Power Awards event was sponsored by The Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management with additional support from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. Funds raised will support music therapy programs, along with clinical and scientific research. Previous recipients include Dr. Oliver Sacks, Mickey Hart, Remo Belli, moby, and Henry Z. Steinway.