Music is a universal language with the proven ability to elevate mood and relieve stress with a simple tune.
And no one needs mood elevation and stress relief more right now than the 25,000 doctors, nurses, and staff of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) fighting tirelessly to combat the spread of COVID-19.
You may have forgotten March 30 was National Doctors’ Day — but Music Row and Nashville’s creative community sure didn’t.
In order to make sure the VUMC family feel remembered and appreciated, they’ve come together through Gratitunes — a consumer-generated music platform to celebrate and thank members of the hospital’s staff through the power of music for their dedication, empathy, and unwavering commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This amazing support through Gratitunes is so terrific, so Nashville, and lifts our spirits!” said Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, President and CEO of VUMC and Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Individuals nationwide are encouraged to visit the Gratitune website to add their own ‘Gratitune’ to a playlist, which will be made available to all COVID-19 VUMC Assessment Sites and the Hospital to help lessen stress, anxiety, and lift spirits. Brad Paisley kicked-off the program with the first dedicated ‘Gratitune’ from his Instagram.
Once a ‘Gratitune’ is shared, individuals will receive a unique graphic with their dedicated tune that can be shared across social media platforms, using hashtags #Gratitunes and #VUMCHeroes, encouraging others to do the same. All social media posts of encouragement using the collective hashtags will be aggregated for the staff to read as well.
“We treasure the support we receive from our music industry colleagues and all of Nashville’s outstanding artists, “Balser continued. “They are incredibly generous with their time and resources, supporting our mission to provide world-class care to all those we serve.”
Over the next 30 days, a new artist each day will send a ‘Gratitune’ on their personal Instagram page including Thomas Rhett, Lindsay Ell, Sara Evans, SMACKSongs’ Shane McAnally and Walker Hayes, Craig Campbell, Craig Morgan, Chase Martin, Jenna Paulette, Whitney Duncan, Emily Earle, Jake Wesley Rogers, TPAC, and the Nashville Sounds.
Donations will also be accepted on the ‘Gratitunes’ website to go toward medical supplies, COVID-19 protection materials and child-care services for VUMC’s medical staff who continue to fight this pandemic.
With VUMC centrally located in the heart of Music City, its brave doctors, nurses and staff risking their lives each day are uniquely qualified to help bring ‘Gratitunes’ to life.