Mission: The Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc. strengthens the region's cultural workforce and economy by ensuring a vibrant contemporary music scene. To further our mission, we underwrite local professional musicians’ live performances in area health facilities, sponsor showcases to spotlight original music and creative interpretation, and pursue opportunities that encourage a sense of community among local musicians.
Results: Through its 10 year old “Music Smiles” program, The Sonny Pugar Memorial has sponsored 600 live music performances at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital, Children’s Institute, Family House, Forbes, Kane, Magee, McKeesport, Mercy, Montefiore, Mon Valley, Presbyterian, The Residence at Hilltop, Shadyside and Western Psych. The long, growing list of the region’s top artists who have performed for “Music Smiles” includes 220 musicians! For their names, see the “Music Smiles” section in the Our Story link on our Facebook page--www.Facebook.com/thesonnypugarmemorial
Target demographics: patients, their families, visitors and facility staff
Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 8,000 patients, family members, visitors and staff members
Geographic areas served: area health facilities with the local music/arts community
Programs: 'Music Smiles'--Live Music in Caring Places