Our Story

We are a group of music enthusiasts and music lovers who have come together to help raise awareness of the healing powers of music. Music Heals Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of music therapy services to communities in BC and across Canada. We increase access to music therapy for patients in children's hospitals, senior's centres, palliative care, AIDS & HIV programs, at-risk youth, habilitation, and bereavement support.

Music Heals is a not-for-profit society incorporated in British Columbia and is registered with Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable foundation.

What is Music Therapy?

Staff and Board

Chris Brandt, Executive Director

Chris Brandt - Music Heals

Chris brings a wealth of knowledge from his 10 years at Universal Music, where he managed the sales and marketing of over 6,000 releases a year. His experience includes owning his own record label, band management, editing a music magazine, and hosting a radio show. Chris created and currently teaches the Music Business program at BCIT, which covers every aspect of the modern music industry.

Zoe Peled, Community Outreach Specialist

Zoe Peled

Zoe joins Music Heals from a background of Marketing, Personnel Management, and Production. Since 2007, she has worked with a wide range of businesses and projects, from Fortune Sound Club/Blueprint, to The Vegan Project, and projects with Canadian and International groups. Zoe co-founded the PASS (Promoting Accessibility and Safe Spaces) series, which explores the accessibility climate in Vancouver’s entertainment and music realms.

David Barnett, Board President

David Barnett - Music Heals
David is an active member of the Real Estate Community as both an owner and Executive Vice President of the Dayhu Group of Companies. David’s passion for music is exemplified by his 15 years of special event management and promotion within the music industry.

Patrick Zulinov, Board Member

Patrick Zulinov - Music Heals

Patrick has spent almost 25 years in the Vancouver music community overseeing Promotions and Publicity with Sony Music Canada. He was heavily involved in initiatives such as the “Music Saves” campaign and the “Adopt An Instrument” program. Patrick is currently the Director of Sync and Artist Relations with Hyvetown Music Publishing and manages western Canada for RPM Radio Promotion.

Rob Calder, Board Member

Rob Calder - Music Heals

Rob has spent almost two decades managing and performing with bands like The Salteens, 54-40, and The Belle Game. In 2010, he formed Secret Study, a go-to agency connecting brands with talented musicians. Currently, Rob co-manages Boompa and Tonic Records, two record labels that represent some of Canada’s diverse indie talent.

Carol Wiedemann, Board Member

Carol Wiedemann - Music Heals
Carol has been a music therapist and musician in Vancouver for over 15 years. In addition to her music therapy position at BC Children’s Hospital, Carol is Coordinator of Music Therapy for Vancouver Native Health Society and Coordinator of the Bandwagon Projects.

Dr. Susan Summers, PhD, AVPT, MTA, Board Member

Dr. Susan Summers - Music Heals
Susan has worked as a music therapist for almost 30 years with adults in residential and hospice care. She has a current healing and vocal psychotherapy practice, teaches at Capilano University, and is actively involved within the music therapy community through MTABC and FACTBC. She holds a PhD from Antioch University’s Leadership and Change program.

Funded Programs

Music Heals has donated over $800,000 to music therapy programs across the country serving children, seniors, palliative care, burn units, the autism spectrum, AIDS & HIV, bereavement, at-risk youth, rehabilitation, and more. See below for a complete list of programs which have received funding from Music Heals
 
Music Heals is proud to have funded the following programs:
 
Adanac Park Lodge, Vancouver (seniors & mental health)
Agecare Walden Heights, Calgary (seniors)
Bandwagon project, Vancouver (mobile recording)
BC Children's Hospital, Vancouver
Camp Kerry, New Westminster (bereavement)
Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, Toronto
Canuck Place, Vancouver (children's hospice)
Comox Valley Hospice, Comox
Delta Hospice, Delta
Dr Peter Centre, Vancouver (AIDS & HIV)
Extendicare Cedars Villa, Calgary (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, COPD, mental illness and severe dementia)
Extendicare Hillcrest, Calgary (severe dementia)
GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver
Janus Academy, Calgary (youth)
Lady Minto Hospital, Salt Spring Island (seniors)
Langley Lodge, Langley (seniors)
Luther Court, Victoria (seniors)
Mount St Mary Hospital, Victoria (seniors)
Mountainside Secondary, North Vancouver (at-risk youth)
Pacific Autism Family Centre, Richmond
PALS Autism Society, Vancouver
Phoenix Centre Society, Surrey (addictions)
Power To Be, Victoria (youth)
Qualicum Beach Gardens, Qualicum Beach (seniors)
Revera Mckenzie Towne Retirement Residence, Calgary (seniors)
Richmond Hospital, Richmond (various)
Ronald McDonald House BC, Vancouver (children & families)
Royal Ottawa Place, Ottawa (seniors)
Salmon Arm Secondary, Salmon Arm (children)
SCEP, Regina (children & families)
Semiahmoo House Society, Surrey (developmental delays)
Seton Villa, Burnaby (seniors)
Social Diversity for Children, Vancouver
Spirit of the North, Prince George (children)
Spring Valley, Kelowna (seniors)
St James Music Academy, Vancouver (at-risk youth)
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver
Vancouver Hospice, Vancouver
VGH Burns & Trauma Unit, Vancouver
Yaletown House, Vancouver (seniors)
YMCA, Vancouver (children)

Music Heals Major Donors

Music Heals would like to thank our donors for their generous contributions to the foundation and the music therapy programs that we support across Canada. Thank you for giving the gift of music.

Diamond - 100K

Platinum - 50K

Gold - 25K

Rockstar - 10K