Open Call: Musicians for Healing Sounds on the Wards

We have just issued an open call for musicians to apply to join our Healing Sounds on the Wards programme – Submission deadline 18 Feb. Healing Sounds on the Wards is a live music performance programme for and with patients of University Hospital Waterford (UHW).  The successful applicants will be trained and mentored to bring live music to the bedside of patients by musicians Liam Merriman and Eoin O MeachairHealing Sounds on the Wards is funded by the Arts Council and the National Lottery Good Causes Fund
For full details, click here: Open Call WHAT – Musicians Healing Sounds on the Wards 2019

WHAT established the Healing Sounds programme in 2000 with the aim of reducing stress and anxiety for patients, staff and visitors of UHW through live music.  The programme involves a range of musicians and musical styles and, where appropriate, encourages patients and staff to engage with the musicians.  In 2014, WHAT introduced mentoring for musicians and has since mentored six musicians to work in hospital settings.

Announcing details of the open call, Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, said “We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to musicians who are interested in training to work in healthcare settings.  Countless studies have shown the positive impact which music has on patients’ wellbeing, but we are privileged to witness this impact on a daily basis through our work at University Hospital Waterford.  We are very fortunate to have such experienced hospital musicians as Liam Merriman and Eoin O Meachair, both of whom have been with us for many years, offer their skills, talent and knowledge to mentor other musicians in this important area.  Liam qualified as a trainer of hospital musicians with the pioneering organisation Musique et Santé in Paris, while Eoin has trained as a hospital musician with the highly regarded Kids Classics organisation and under Liam’s mentorship in the Healing Sounds programme.  Musicians do not need to have experience in music and health to apply for this programme, as it’s designed to train, mentor and support musicians each step of the way.  What we are looking for is performing experience and a positive attitude, so we look forward to hearing from any musician who meets these criteria and is curious about this work.”

NB: Deadline for submission of applications is Monday 18 February 2019. 

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health organisation.  Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings.  WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. WHAT also supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website

Photo: Healing Sounds on the Wards session with Liam Merriman.  Photo by Hugh O’Brien Moran