Impact Report 2023

Total hours of music therapy funded since 2012
Number of music therapy hours funded in 2023
Number of programs funded in 2023
Total number of Donations in 2023
Total number of Donors in 2023
Total Funding Distributed for 2024

2023 Program Demographics

Programs funded in 2023 included support for the following demographics

At-Risk Children & Youth49%
People with Disabilities97%
People of Colour86%
Indigenous People83%
Newcomers to Canada46%
People without Housing54%
Rural Populations & Northern Communities40%
Sex Workers29%

Funded Facilities 2023

  • BC Cancer Foundation
    Cancer treatment and therapies for cancer patients throughout BC
  • BC Children's Hospital
    Providing care for the most seriously ill or injured children from across British Columbia
  • BC Women's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
    Medical and surgical care for babies after birth who need special attention including preterm birth, low birth weight, breathing difficulty, and infection
  • BC Women's FIR (Families in Recovery)
    Antepartum & postpartum care for women suffering from substance abuse and their infants who are exposed to substance abuse
  • BC Women's Heartwood
    Integrated substance abuse and mental health for women 19+
  • Broadway Lodge
    Supporting Seniors in Long Term Care
  • Canuck Place Children's Hospice
    Providing essential palliative care for children with life-threatening illnesses
  • Charlford House
    Women overcoming abuse and substance abuse
  • Columbia View Lodge & Poplar Ridge Pavilion
    Supporting Seniors in Long Term Care
  • Cumberland Lodge
    Seniors & Long-Term Care
  • Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
    Care for people with HIV
  • Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (KGMS)
    Alternative education for school-aged children
  • Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society (LMDSS)
    Programs for children/youth with Down Syndrome / Autism
  • Louis Brier Jewish Aged Foundation
    Seniors & Long-Term Care
  • Lumara Grief & Bereavement Care Society (formerly Camp Kerry)
    Grief and bereavement services for families
  • Rhythm & Word at Mountainside Secondary/North Van Arts
    Alternative education for school-aged children
  • North Shore Stroke Recovery Society (NSSRC)
    Services for Stroke Survivors
  • Pacific Autism Family Network - ET Music Therapy
    Services for families of children/youth with Autism
  • PASS - PALS Adult Services
    Services for Adults with Autism
  • Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery & Education Society
    Services for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse
  • Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living (RMACL)
    Services for people with disabilities and families
  • Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre
    Children with disabilities and developmental delays; aged 1 - 5
  • Ronald McDonald House BC
    Housing for children and families undergoing treatment
  • Royal Oak Alternate School
    Alternative education for school-aged children
  • Salmon Arm Secondary School
    Middle school youth with Autism and/or other developmental challenges
  • Saint James Music Academy
    Programs for children in DTES
  • St Paul's Hospital - Palliative Care
    Palliative / hospice care
  • Uniti 4 All - Semiahmoo House
    Services for people with disabilities and families
  • Vancouver General Hospital - BTHAU
    Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Burns, Trauma, and High Acuity Unit
  • Vancouver Hospice
    Hospice/end-of-life care
  • Victoria Brain Injury Society
    Brain injury survivors
  • Victoria Hospice Society
    Palliative Care
  • Westminster House
    Residential addiction recovery centre for youth girls and women healing from addiction
  • WISH Drop-In Centre Society
    Support for women who are involved in Vancouver's street-based sex trade
  • YMCA
    Programs for children in DTES

See below for some incredible stories of the impact of music therapy from a number of these programs & facilities.

Facility Impact Stories 2023

Pacific Autism Family Network & ET Music Therapy

Dayton Cahill has attended music therapy through the Pacific Autism Family Network and ET Music Therapy since he was 2 years old.

PASS Adult Services Society

PASS’s Music Therapy program serves 34 adults with autism and other neuro-developmental disabilities who live in the Lower Mainland. Members’ ages range from 19 to 45.

Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery & Education Society

In 2023 the Music Therapy Program at Phoenix helped uniquely address the needs of their clients who were going through an extremely volatile time. The music groups provided a sense of peace, calm and connection to clients who come into treatment with turbulent lives.

Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living

At Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living (RMACL), the music therapy program continues to offer cradle-to-retirement services to residents and participants of the Infant Development, Supported Child Development, School-age after-school, youth vision seasonal camps, young adult transition to Community Living ‘Discovery’, Community Inclusion Programs and Residential homes.


A Message from Board President, David Barnett

We founded Music Heals with a mission to raise awareness and funds for music therapy services and your support of this mission has allowed us to deploy over $4 million in funds to music therapy programs since we began in 2012.

The impact of your donations has now provided over 50,000 hours of music therapy to people in need. We continue to see the awe-inspiring ways in which music therapy is changing the lives of people in hospitals, schools, hospices and long-term care facilities.

The medicine is in the music and we look forward to continuing to support the sustainability and expansion of crucial music therapy programs in our communities.

Thank you for helping us give the gift of music,

David Barnett

A Message from Executive Director, Juliana Fraser

I feel extremely fortunate to have joined Music Heals in 2023. Through my work over the past year, I have witnessed the incredible impact of music on the lives of children, youth, and adults and the incredible passion with which facilities and music therapists champion music therapy programs for people in need.

The feedback from those we serve is a resounding “Thank You!” and so it is with immense gratitude that I pass along to you, our donors, sponsors and supporters - Thank YOU! Music creates community, and the community that surrounds us is truly remarkable and the impact of your support is seen every day within the facilities we can support as a result of your contributions.

I am thrilled to share some of those stories with you here in our 2023 Annual Report highlighting the incredible impact of music therapy programs within 35 facilities. I look forward to the year ahead and continuing to share the impactful and life-changing power of music with you all!

Thank you for believing in the healing power of music,

Juliana Fraser


Let Her Sing 2023

Together we raised over $120,000

Thanks to your support, Let Her Sing 2023 raised over $120,000 to provide women in our community access to music therapy services in support of their physical and mental health.

We were honoured to hear the inspiring personal story of music therapy from our guest speaker Dr. Shazhan Amed and her husband Salim.

A Benefit for Music Heals 2023

A Remarkable Success

Our gala, A Benefit for Music Heals returned for another year, and once again it was a remarkable success. The 2023 event raised an astounding $350,000 in funding for the therapeutic use of music in physical and mental health practices across British Columbia.

This wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of our incredible sponsors, event partners, generous donors, table hosts and guests who joined us in making the evening spectacular. To all of you, we extend a massive thank you!

Major Donors & Sponsors 2023