March is Music Therapy Awareness Month in Canada. The month kicks into high gear on Saturday March 3rd for the annual A Night Out For Music Heals. 105 bars in 35 cities across the country are donating $1 per cover charge for the night to Music Heals, which will support music therapy programs in the province in which it is collected. The full list of bars is available at <>;.

New this year, March 1st is World Music Therapy Day. Music Heals leads this initiative with 24 countries participating in 15 languages. The public is asked to participate by sharing the impact of music on their lives on social media that day using the hashtag #WorldMusicTherapyDay.

Other activities this month include Long & McQuade collecting good-as-new iPods in all 74 locations across the country for the Music Heals iPod Pharmacy. These will be delivered to music therapists in the province in which they are collected. Skullcandy is donating 10% of all sales through this month to Music Heals. Tempo Gin is donating $1 per bottle sold to support music therapy programs in BC and Alberta.

Related events happening across the country are being added daily at <

Music therapy is the use of music and musical elements, by an accredited music therapist, for non-music goals. Music therapy is generally not funded by the government, and is proven to benefit populations of care from the NICU to seniors.

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The Music Heals Charitable Foundation raises awareness of the healing powers of music globally, and fundraises for music therapy and related services across Canada. Their mission is to increase patient access to music therapy for children, seniors, palliative care, burn units, dementia, AIDS & HIV, mental health, the autism spectrum, bereavement support, at-risk youth, rehabilitation, and more. Music Heals has donated over $1 million to music therapy programs in Canada.

For more information contact: Chris Brandt, Executive Director, Music Heals