“Recovery from life's pain and celebrating its joy is an individual process. As a member of Tunefoolery, I get to share music – which unites us – with people who span the whole continuum of mental health. It's a privilege…” Wendy K., Tunefoolery Musician
Music has the ability to transcend culture, unite individuals and communities, and heal by lifting spirits. Boston-based musical group, Tunefoolery Music, Inc., has harnessed the power of music by working as a model of recovery and empowerment for musicians with psychiatric conditions and disabilities. Composed of and run by people receiving mental health services, 50 courageous Tunefoolery musicians perform in ensembles or as solo acts playing a variety of music, from classical to folk to rock, to showtunes and blues, bringing hope and inspiration to thousands every year.
Tunefoolery’s music and mission are a force to be reckoned with. Instead of focusing on diagnosis and coping with symptoms of mental illness, Tunefoolery works upstream by encouraging and inspiring musicians to develop their expertise, performance skills, and self-esteem, as well as decrease the stigma that still exists around mental illness. In addition to sharing their gift of music with audiences, they also visit schools and other institutions to educate children and adults about the talents and vast capabilities of people with psychiatric disabilities.
It’s easy to see the important role that music plays in the lives of Tunefoolery musicians – meaning, connections, creative expression, and job opportunities are all commonplace within the Tunefoolery community. One musician shares the positive life changes that have come out of involvement with Tunefoolery: “Doing something well makes me feel better about myself. Now I have places to go, things to do. I watch less TV, feel less depressed. I have learned assertiveness, trust in myself and dealing with the public.”
Tunefoolery takes it to heart when they say that, “robust mental health as a reasonable goal for all people, regardless of their place on the continuum of growth and success.”
Learn more about Tunefoolery, where to see them live, and book them for your events here!
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