TunesWork is a 501 C(3) non-profit that advocates, educates, and supports the healing power of music.
Transforming lives through the power of music
TunesWork’s vision is to fund increased access to therapeutic music programs for all ages, all reasons and all life; including residents in senior centers, patients in hospitals, palliative and hospice care, rehabilitation, bereavement, and veterinary programs. Together we transform lives through the power of music. Music is good medicine.
History of TunesWork
The idea of TunesWork was born in October 2015, when Mike Silcox and Ann Roach attended the screening of the Sundance award winning documentary “Alive Inside,” in Lodi, CA, sponsored by Vienna Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center. Both Mike and Ann were deeply moved by the film and the way music was reconnecting those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and Dementia to themselves, their families… their LIVES. Immediately they got their communities involved to raise awareness and funds to further the cause. They formed TunesWork to continue their mission to promote music as medicine.
Now, TunesWork is a 501©3 non-profit whose mission is to advocate and support programs that utilize the healing power of music. We strive to support all programs and organizations using music as medicine. TunesWork in partnership with Eskaton Foundation, launched its 1st benefit concert in November of 2016, featuring Craig Chaquico. Through his own personal experience of the healing power of music, Craig is an on-going advocate for music as medicine. Craig is a founding member, hit song writer, and former lead guitarist on all Jefferson Starship and Starship hits, as well as a two-time Grammy award nominated solo artist. Through our efforts, we were able to support Eskaton’s therapeutic music program for the next 12 months, and we contributed funds for the California Association of Health Facilities’ Music and Memory project benefiting 300 nursing homes statewide.
Since stepping into the world of the healing power of music, TunesWork continues to be amazed by the many organizations dedicated to using music to heal, comfort and soothe. TunesWork continues to champion these efforts by educating the public, raising awareness and fundraising, because we know that Tunes truly work.
What We Do
TunesWork supports, educates and advocates for the healing power of music. We support a wide range of therapeutic music programs, and enable local facilities to incorporate the healing power of music into their daily regimen.
TunesWork funds increased access to therapeutic music programs for ALL AGES, ALL REASONS, ALL LIFE
Whether you’re in uterine waiting to be born, or on your death bed… TunesWork!
Whether it be those cognitively impaired by Alzheimer’s or a form of dementia, those afflicted with any kind of a neurological trauma, those on the acute floor of a hospital, those during experiencing the long arduous sessions of Dialysis or Chemotherapy, or those in rehabilitation. TunesWork!
Music does not discriminate, it is the universal language.
“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
What You Do
Here’s what you’ve done to transform lives through the power of music.
In the last 3 years, we’ve raised over $90,000!
Most recently, TunesWork had a very successful benefit concert at the Center For Arts in Grass Valley on April 7th, 2018 – Featuring the Rayos and Steelin’ Dan. Raising over $8,000, with the proceeds going right back into the local community to place Music and Memory in 4 local facilties.
In May 2017, TunesWork presented California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) a check in the amount of $8,200 to be used to build music libraries in participating Music and Memory CAHF facilities.
On July 23rd, 2016, we collaborated with Husky Shows – Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers to bring you a benefit concert raising $20,000. The proceeds were used to place Music and Memory in several local Sacramento facilities.
In November of 2016, TunesWork in conjunction with Eskaton, presented a successful, sold out concert featuring Craig Chaquico and friends at Thunder Valley Casino. Raising over $55,000 for Eskaton’s Therapeutic music programs and helping to assist with the implementation of Music and Memory statewide through the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) grant.
In 2015, while awaiting our 501c(3) status approval, we raised $11,000 from our local church communities. These funds were used to implement Music & Memory statewide.
In addition to providing the necessary funds, Mike Silcox and Ann Roach were the founding members of the CAHF Music and Memory steering committee, which helped build a CD music library, organize volunteers, assist in creating a one-page cost analysis for administrators and much more.
- TunesWork granted a local Roseville hospice the start up money for their own Music and Memory program.
- TunesWork sent $5,000 directly to Music and Memory to be used specifically in the state of California.
- TunesWork helped set up IPod drop off locations all over the Sacramento area.
- And TunesWork was featured on many radio and tv news interviews raising awareness about the healing power of music.
Ann Roach is a professional singer/song writer for the last 20 plus years. She has been in music ministry for the past 15 years, and has always understood that music has the power to heal, comfort and restore. After many years of struggling to make a living in the music business, she was ready to give up. Needing coaching and leadership, Ann signed up for a life-changing program, The Landmark Curriculum for Living. That is where Ann met Mike. In the last leg of the curriculum, the Self Expression and Leadership Program, they were instructed to take on a project that would make a difference in their communities and in their world. Ann and Mike both knew immediately that music as medicine would be their project. Coincidently, the award winning documentary “Alive Inside” was being screened by Vienna Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center in Lodi, California. Ann And Mike attended the screening and were deeply moved. Ann recognized the depths of her ability to touch others through the healing power of her voice and they began to do presentations to educate and enroll others in taking action to further the cause of using music as medicine. They had been led to this moment where TunesWork was born. Because, tunes really do work!
Mike Silcox is a 40 year veteran of the insurance industry, president of the Western Elite Insurance Solutions. For the past 25 years, Mike has focused on insurance in the health care industry, specializing in skilled nursing, memory care and hospice facilities. Mike spent his youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, living with and surrounded by musicians and it’s eclectic music scene. Music has always has a special place in Mike’s life. Married to a successful radio DJ for the past 26 years, Lynda Clayton, Mike has been constantly exposed to many musical genres and artists.
When Mike met Ann at the Landmark Curriculum, he was immediately drawn to Ann’s vision of using music as medicine. He had many clients that could benefit from their collaborative effort. After viewing “Alive Inside,” he was so inspired he contacted Dan Cohen, the social worker featured in the film, to see how he and Ann could help further the cause to bring personalized music to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients in the Sacramento area. Since then, they have expanded their vision to include all forms of music as therapy.
Lynda Clayton started in radio at the young age of 17. She has now had over three decades as a radio personality collectively in Sacramento (KSS) (KGBY), Los Angeles (KMET, KLOS), San Diego (KGB-FM) and Phoenix (KDKB). Lynda is a gregarious, motivating talent with a gift for immediately connecting with her audience and guests. Because of her many connections with musical artists, Lynda has been instrumental in organizing events to raise funds for charities. She created ROCK’in the vineyard, a non-profit concert event for F.E.A.T (Families for Early Autism Treatment). Her compassionate warmth makes her a natural for connecting with people. Serendipitously, the time when Ann and Mike were connecting with their concept, Lynda was having her own personal experience of music as medicine. Her father had suffered a stroke and she was in Phoenix taking care of him. Ann and Mike asked her to watch “Alive Inside.” She also was extremely moved and immediately began to use music in her dad’s healing process. She watched him light up and knew this was something wonderful.
When she got home, the three of them got together and Lynda was the one who said, “after all, Tunes work!” And coined their new charity.
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