Mercyhurst supports Music for Veterans program

Music for Veterans captures the therapeutic value of music to reduce anxiety. | File photo

The Quickstarter Initiative at Mercyhurst University that provides strategies for crowdfunding campaigns recently organized a Kickstarter campaign entitled “Back Home: A Veterans Album,” a recording project coordinated through therapeutic music programs for veterans.

The project originated through Music for Veterans, a group that captures the therapeutic value of music to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation, verbalization, interpersonal relationships and group cohesion. The program allows veterans to come together in an informal setting for free music sessions.

“Some of the people that come here, this is the only means of emotional support that they have,” Music for Veterans director Vinny Stefanelli. “Even if they don’t feel up to it that day, they come here and build relationships and ultimately leave feeling better.”

The Kickstarter campaign has a goal of $5,000, which would allow the group to record the album professionally, including production and distribution on CDs. Through the album, the group hopes to create awareness in their community, encourage others to join and help program participants share the music with their families.

The Quickstarter Initiative was started at Mercyhurst by Intelligence Studies Associate Professor Kristan Wheaton, and is an employment opportunity for students.

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