Today, March 30, is National Doctors’ Day, and Music Row and Nashville’s creative community are launching Gratitunes, a program to support the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) staff.
Gratitunes is a consumer-generated music platform to celebrate and thank members of the VUMC staff through music during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day for the next 30 days, a new artist will send a "Gratitune" on their personal Instagram to thank the staff and help lift spirits.
Today, Brad Paisley posted the first Gratitune on his Instagram. Other participating artists include Lauren Alaina, Sara Evans, Amy Grant, Dustin Lynch, Jewel, Lindsay Ell, Shane McAnally, and Walker Hayes.
“We treasure the support we receive from our music industry colleagues and all of Nashville’s outstanding artists," Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, president and CEO of VUMC and Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said in a statement to Billboard. "They are incredibly generous with their time and resources, supporting our mission to provide world-class care to all those we serve. This amazing support through Gratitunes is so terrific, so Nashville and lifts our spirits!”
To support the VUMC staff, you can share your own Gratitune playlist and it will be made available to all COVID-19 VUMC Assessment Sites and the hospital. In addition, you can send a message of encouragement on social media by using the hashtags #VUMCHeroes and #Gratitunes in your posts. Donations will also be accepted to help with supplies and childcare services for VUMC’s medical staff. For more info and to share your own playlist or donate, visit the Gratitunes website.
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Article image: Brad Paisley performing in Jacksonville, Florida on Aug. 10, 2007. (minds-eye [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)