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Arts Mid North Coast is excited to be launching the Musicians in Health project – offering online music programs to Seniors and Carers support networks on the Coffs Coast. ‘Musicians In Health’ (previously Musicians in Hospitals) is part of Arts Mid North Coast's commitment and continuing work in the area of Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

The original pilot program trained local musicians to deliver musical experiences at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus over a six-month period, in collaboration with staff at the MNC Local Area Health District and local Registered Music Therapist Bonnie Nilsson.

When COVID-19 health regulations came into place, project leader and facilitator Stephanie Sims had to quickly find an innovative solution to continue the program in accordance with the new social distancing guidelines.

“Our newly trained musicians were ready to deliver live music in the Coffs Harbour Health Campus as part of our Musicians in Hospitals program, then found themselves without a place to perform”, said Stephanie, “thanks to a successful Arts & Cultural Development Grant from the Coffs Harbour City Council we were able to reimagine the project and bring it ‘online’ via Zoom”.

“As well as being a lot of fun, these sessions have also been designed with therapeutic outcomes in mind, explained Bonnie Nilsson. “There’s a myriad of research to support music as a vital component of healthy ageing, and the best part is you don’t have to be a trained musician to obtain the health benefits that come with either singing, listening to or making music”.

The online Zoom program starts 14 September with classes three days a week with local musicians Bonnie Nilsson, Stephanie Sims, Michelle Booth, Giri Mazzella, Hayley Egan, Salvatore Rossano, and Snez Dalceska. The program is free and open to anyone living in the Coffs Harbour LGA and participants can come to as many sessions as they choose.

Email: stephanie@ukoono.com.au or call 0421 346 713 to obtain the full program and zoom link to each session.

Musicians in Health is supported by Arts Mid North Coast, Mid North Coast Local Area Health District and Coffs Harbour City Council.

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