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Further funding for Musicians on Call project which helps to bring live music into healthcare settings



Musicians on Call project – Pictured above is a Limerick City and County Council Arts Office Musical interlude at St. Camillus Hospital, Shelbourne Road. Picture: Keith Wiseman

The project provides music in hospital and healthcare settings for older people

During the pandemic, the project was delivered at St. Camillus Hospital.

Additional funding has been provided to a project which sees musicians visit hospitals and healthcare settings across Limerick Clare and Tipperary, performing for the patients and residents.

The Musicians on Call project (Phase 2) brings professionally trained musicians from Music in Health Organisation Kids Classics to connect music-making opportunities to older residents and healthcare staff in nursing homes and community hospitals.




Musicians On Call provides a music-sharing experience that puts the residents’ interests and choices at the heart of music-making, by connecting closely with the setting before each visit and facilitating the residents to curate each visit through a two-way responsive engagement.

The Musicians on Call project is led by Limerick City and County Council Arts Office in collaboration with Age Friendly Limerick and Healthy Limerick.

It is delivered in partnership with Artistic Partner Music and Health Ireland, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Clare and Tipperary County Councils and funded by Creative Ireland Creativity in Older Age.

The programme will deliver a series of on-site visits to St Ita’s Community Nursing Unit, Newcastle West,

St Camillus’ Hospital, Limerick, Ennistymon Community Nursing Unit, Regina House, Kilrush, St Conlon’s Community Nursing Unit, Nenagh and Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles.

The programme aims to bring high-quality live music to vulnerable older members of our communities in a way that is more than an outside-in audio live broadcast, driven by the equity of experience for all, and a shared social experience.

It also aims to provide introductory Music in Healthcare Workshops to HSE staff to raise awareness of how to support the needs of residents in music activities and promote health and well-being through the provision of cultural events for those who live and work in Healthcare Settings.

It hopes to continue to develop a regional team of professional musicians with the skills to work appropriately and safely and offer an opportunity for professional musicians to join the project and gain experience alongside experienced fully trained Healthcare Musicians.

It also wants to extend the geographic reach of the Musicians-On-Call mentoring project, to develop a longer-term programme.

This second phase of the project expands and builds on the earlier phase in 2021.

Dr Pippa Little, Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council and Creative Ireland Limerick Coordinator said: “Musicians on Call with Music and Health Ireland brings specially trained musicians into healthcare settings to enable residents and staff to enjoy music. Creativity and well-being are at the heart of this programme, offering moments of joy and engagement. The funding secured from Creative Ireland’s Creativity in Older Age programme has made the expansion of this programme possible across the three local authorities of Limerick, Clare, and Tipperary.”

For more information on Creative Ireland, go HERE

For more stories on Musicians on Call, go HERE

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.