Special Audiences and Musicians, Inc (SAM) was created in 2017 in an effort to present concerts at nursing homes, assisted living institutions, community centers, hospitals and other such institutions. There is a large body of research that attests to the important therapeutic aid that live musical performance can have on individuals in such settings. SAM has as it's goal to present these performances using musicians drawn from a body of three under-represented groups; musicians with disabilities, senior musicians, and women. 

The Need

Musical performance is not only one of the most enjoyable of all human activities it is long established to be emotionally uplifting and therapeutic, particularly among members of the senior community. While the positive affects of live music performance seem obvious to musicians playing in settings such as senior citizen programs, nursing homes and community centers, there has been a body of scholarly research done in recent years that bears out those assumptions scientifically. Among the many important scientific studies that show the therapeutic and emotional benefits from live musical performance, including improvisational performance are (Dileo 1999), (Kemper 2005), and (Longhi 2008).

Healing Arts Initiative , Inc. was the largest performance organization in the Metropolitan area providing musical performances in hospitals, nursing homes, senior programs and other such organizations. With the closure of Healing Arts Initiative in 2016 a large gap was created and Special Audiences and Musicians, Inc. (SAM) has the goal of filling that gap. Additionally, SAM not only provides the important service of presenting musical performances but also provides performance opportunities for jazz musicians in three under-represented groups; musicians with disabilities, senior musicians and women. This approach makes SAM unique among all performance organizations in the metropolitan area.

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Our Mission

The mission of Special Audiences and Musicians, Inc. is to provide cultural enrichment by way of musical performances in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted-living homes, and other such institutions in New York and the Tri-State area, with musicians drawn from three under-represented groups; musicians with disabilities, senior musicians, and women. These three groups will occasionally be joined by other musicians. Special Audiences and Musicians, Inc. will provide a much needed service with musical performances in such institutions including nursing homes, hospitals, assisted-living homes, and other related institutions. The therapeutic, social and emotional benefits from live musical performance are well established. Utilizing musicians with disabilities, female musicians and senior musicians will provide valuable performance opportunities to those under-represented musicians who have much to offer in terms of artistic expression.