Published on September 09, 2020

Concord Hospital Awarded Grant by New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Concord Hospital Therapeutic Arts and Holistic Services has been awarded a $7,500 Arts in Health Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Grant funds will be used to provide additional therapeutic music support for patients in or at risk of delirium.

This prestigious grant award is made possible by appropriations from the Governor and State Legislature and a National Endowment for the Arts grant to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Music has a direct and immediate benefit to people who are contending with a difficult hospital stay. A universal language that bridges communication and social gaps, music helps to preserve dignity and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

Grant funds were awarded based on Concord Hospital's experience helping delirious patients return to attention and awareness with appropriately improvised live music, as provided by Certified Music Practitioners who are trained to work in a clinical setting.

This is the fifteenth Arts in Health Grant awarded to Concord Hospital by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the fifth specifically for live therapeutic music.

To help create an optimal healing environment at Concord Hospital, Therapeutic Arts and Holistic Services leads a collaborative team offering people opportunities to engage in expressive, creative and diversionary activities to support healing and wellness. This helps patients, families and friends feel calm, connected, hopeful and at ease in the hospital.