In 2018 Ukuleles for Kids was launched by Australian Singer Songwriter Vance Joy. Known for his global infectious single Riptide, which was performed on Ukulele, Vance Joy himself shot a short educational program intended on bringing music and a little happiness to children’s hospitals across the world.
“I remember hearing a beautiful story about George Harrison driving around in his car, handing out instruments to people. I’ve always wanted to emulate that idea and what better way than giving the gift of instruments and music lessons to young children who are fighting terminal diseases. My heart goes out to these kids and their families.” - Vance Joy
Vance Joy himself provide’s the video lessons, teaching children how to play simple songs on ukulele, including his break-out single “Riptide” and 2018 single “Saturday Sun.” Kala, a long-time partner of Vance Joy, have partnered in donating plastic, hospital sanitary ukuleles, encouraging young patients to watch the videos and learn to play.
In 2018, Vance Joy and Kala partnered with MyMusicRx to launch the program across American Hospitals. My Music RX host the lessons on MyMusicRx.org, and manage hospital opt-ins through their national network of children’s hospitals. A selection of hospitals opted into this donation, with the ukuleles and lessons delivered in September 2018 for National Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
2019 sees the project expand to Vance Joy’s home country of Australia, with Vance Joy partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities across the country. The Ukuleles for Kids project will be implemented into the Ronald McDonald House educational programs, run by teachers for the children while they are unable to attend school.
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