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Can I use music to support the NHS?

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You may not remember the name Måns Zelmerlöw, but if you’ve watched the recent Eurovision catchup under lockdown, you can whistle his song, ‘Heroes’.

‘Heroes’ was the song that represented Sweden at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna and won the yearly contest. This year, Eurovision reached out to Måns for an acoustic take on his song, along which viewers watched images of NHS doctors and nurses. Perhaps, you’ve found yourself moved by the new meaning of the words, ‘We are the heroes of our time’. True enough, the NHS has proven that heroes don’t wear capes anymore.

But what can you do to support healthcare workers? The example of Captain Tom Moore, the centenary veteran who raised over £32 million for the NHS comes to mind. The newly knighted Sir Tom has taught us one thing about helping the NHS. You don’t have to go big to make a difference. His goal was initially to raise £1,000 by walking laps in his garden.

Throw a safe party to boost the mood

As the weather is getting warmer, more and more people are choosing to stay outdoors or in their gardens to enjoy the sunshine. You could reach out to your local community to organise a donation party that respects safe-distancing restrictions. You could buy some disco lighting and start a mobile DJ business directly in your garden. Schedule a time and a day with your neighbours and get the party started. You can create fundraising pages for free, on JustGiving, GoFundMe, or even using the Facebook charity app. If you’re not sure how to get it done, you can get in touch with your local NHS organisation for tips.

Record and sell your songs

If you’re worried about buying a DJ licence, you can also choose to record your own message for the NHS. Releasing your own music is a great way to push your songs out even if you don’t have an agent. You keep all the rights, and therefore you don’t have to worry about copyright infringements. Unfortunately, you will have to budget for production costs in your fundraising venture. While it doesn’t mean it can’t be done, if you want to raise money for charity, you need to make sure the price tag covers all recording and producing expenses too.

Offer free lessons for doctors and nurses

You may not be able to raise money, but you can offer a different type of support to NHS workers. Healthcare workers have been talking about their exhausting and traumatic experience of the coronavirus. As a singer, you can provide a space where they can escape and recentre their energies. Singing is a popular activity that can release endorphins, naturally boosting people’s moods. Group singing, especially, can create a powerful feel-good sensation. You could advertise free singing classes online for NHS workers, helping people to relax together. Ideally, you would need to set up a Zoom account to reach out to everyone. You might prefer to create localised choral groups – one per medical centre – or combine all NHS workers across the country into one huge mood-lifting group.

The bottom line is that, if you’re feeling inspired by fundraising and charity activities for the NHS, you can make a difference with your musical skills. Whether you’re a singer, a musician, or a DJ, there are ways to support the NHS with your passion.

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