About Songs of Love
The Songs of Love Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. Each CD is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child's name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are written and performed in any language in the musical style that the child likes best (pop, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, etc.), by a variety of talented professionals.
As each child is unique, so is every 'song of love' composition. Since 1996 the Songs of Love Foundation has reached out to over 22,500 children in over 500 hospitals and health care facilities in all 50 states. The songs have often been played to alleviate pain and trauma during painful and scary hospital treatments. The song recipients have played their "songs of love" in all kinds of situations and settings such as car trips to the hospital, show and tell at school, for family and friends in person or on the phone, and even for the doctors and nurses. The children have their "songs of love" always available to them whenever they are feeling down.
The Songs of Love History
Walking down the street in early 1996, an idea suddenly came to John Beltzer that would deeply touch many lives. As a way of providing sick children with a source of inspiration, joy, and possibly even healing, he set out to create personalized one-of-a-kind songs for them.
The very first 'song of love' was for 5-year-old cancer patient Brittany, a patient at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. After receiving her song, her mother put her on the phone, and with the cutest little voice she simply said, "Thank you for my song." After that defining moment, there was no turning back!
John quickly got busy gathering a team of songwriters and performers from across the country to compose and record the unique songs. The Songs of Love Foundation was founded soon thereafter, the only organization of its kind.
To date, Songs of Love has written more then 22,500 songs for children in more than 500 hospitals across the country and throughout the world. The pool of artists has grown to more then 350 songwriters, lyricists, instrumentalists and vocalists who have experienced the excitement of being able to give back with the talents they were given. When you take into account that hundreds of schools, companies and charitable groups have lent their voices to children's songs as well, the symphony includes many thousands of people.
Songs of Love is dedicated to the memory of John's twin brother Julio who wrote and recorded the composition 'Songs of Love' just two months before he died on April 12, 1984. This was his gift to all of us.
Q. Who qualifies to receive a 'song of love?'
A. Songs of Love writes songs for children between the ages of one and twenty-one (21) who are currently facing life-threatening or life-limiting physical, mental or emotional challenges. Feel free to contact us if you have questions regarding your child's condition.
Q. How long does it take to complete a 'song of love?'
A. From the time that we receive the profile, it takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks before the song is delivered to the child. We work our hardest to keep it as close to 4 weeks as possible, but the process may be held up in certain cases. In the event that a song is taking longer than normal to complete, someone from our office will contact you to let you know. We can rush songs in special situations.
Q. How can I request a song?
A. You can fill out a profile online or by hand and submit by mail or fax. Click here for more information or call 1-800-960-7664.
Q. Who writes the songs?
A. Songs are written by independent singer-songwriters who write, perform and record music in all different styles and languages, including but not limited to pop, country, hip-hop and children's music.
Q. Can I be a songwriter?
A. Songs of Love works with professional songwriters in all genres and languages. We are ideally looking for someone who can write the lyrics and music, perform and produce their own. This helps us streamline our operation, and ensure that every song is of a similar quality and delivered in a timely fashion.
Q. How much does it cost to have a song written for my child?
A. There is never a cost to the immediate families or medical facilities. Any efforts on the part of the family members to make contributions and/or help with fundraising is purely voluntary as part of our Music Messenger/Song Sponsor Program™.
Q. Can Songs of Love write a song for an ill child's siblings, or for a child who has already passed away?
A. Songs of Love's mission is to create free songs for children who are struggling with medical challenges at the time they request the song, and is unfortunately unable to do free songs for the siblings or for children who pass away before requesting a song. Our Gift of Song program allows these songs to be written for a donation. For more information, please contact our office.
Q. How can I get involved?
A. You can find out about the many ways to support the Songs of Love Foundation here.
The Board of Directors
John Beltzer • CEO & Founder - Songs of Love Foundation
Jeff Baltimore • President - XL Graphics
Richard Berardi • Vice President - MRB Records/reachHigher.org
Tony Carrion • Founder - Market-Harmonics.org
Scott Curran • President - The Curran Group
Moshe & Ester Beltzer
The Advisory Board
Joseph Acierno -- Joseph's Classic Market
Laura Avers -- MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist
Donna Britton -- President, Shadow Mountain Publishing, L.L.C.
Marcel Cocit -- Celebrity Chef
Ezra M. Cohen -- Rabbi, Educator, Speaker
Marie Cook -- Past President, American Legion Auxiliary, Dept. of New York
Ken Dashow -- Q104 FM
Emanuel Gold -- Esq.
Barbara Hesser -- Director Music Therapy Program, New York University
Lynn Hoffman -- Lynn Hoffman Entertainment/Host, Private Sessions, VH1 Classic
Meghan D. Kelly, MS, CCLS -- Director, Child Life Program & Carl Sagan Discovery Program The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Eddie Kilgallon -- Band Leader, Montgomery Gentry
Will Lee -- David Letterman Band & The Fab Faux
Jonah Lipsky -- Bridging the Music
Joanne Loewy, PhD -- Director Pediatric Music Therapy Program, Beth Israel Medical Center
Gloria Mattera, M.Ed., CCLS -- President, Child Life of Greater New York
Bob McGrath -- Sesame Street
Karen Nisenson -- MM Juilliard School, MA New York University, Music Therapy
Richard Shore, MD -- Director of Pediatric Oncology, Toledo Children's Hospital
Mitch Siegal, D.C. -- Siegal Chiropractic Clinic
Mark Jude Tramo, MD., PhD -- Harvard Medical School
Hospital Staff Advisory Board
|Marion Kalbacker SW -- Duke University Med. Ctr.
Susan Trout, CSW -- Duke University Med. Ctr.
Kristen Johnson, CLS -- Johns Hopkins Children Ctr.
Kristie Opiola, CLS -- Cook Children's Medical Ctr.
Stacey Carroll, CLS -- Cook Children's Medical Ctr.
Cathy Harrison, CLS -- Children's Hospital & Regional Med. Ctr.
Laura (Avers) Duda, MT -- Children's Hospital of Michigan
Meghan Kelly, CLS -- Montefiore Medical Center
Talia Haviv, CLS -- Montefiore Medical Center
Amanda Hoskins, CCLS -- Montefiore Medical Center
Kim Serraro, CCLS -- Montefiore Medical Center
Kristal Neal, CLC -- Saint Peter's University Hospial
Melony Xynidis, CL -- Wolfson Children's Hospital
Tina Ulanowski, CLS -- Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Carrie Schmid, SW -- Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Surani Guneratne, MSW -- Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Elizabeth Miller, SW -- Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Stephanie Fooks-Parker, SW -- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Merry Oswalt, CLS -- University of MS / Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children
Lori McCullough, MSW -- Children's Hospital of Columbus
Marcia Shapiro, LSW -- Children's Hospital of Columbus
Susan Sherwood, CLS -- Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Julie Holowell, CLS -- Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Katie Gentry, CLS -- Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Deborah Roberts, CLS -- Kaiser Permanente Hospital
Marilyn Cassidy, RN -- Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Alison Heffer, CLS -- New York Presbyterian Hospital
Kasey Massa, CLS -- Specialty Care Center of Children's Hospital of Phil.
Sally Cress, RN -- Children's Rehabilitative Services
Jennifer Brown, CTRS, CCLS -- Pitt Memorial Hospital
Ann Fogel CCLS -- Hackensack University Medical Center
Jennifer Redfern CCLS -- MUSC Children's Hospital
Meagan Fonseca CTRS -- Florida Children's Hospital
Nancy Winters LSW -- Pediatric Specialty Center, Lehigh Valley Hospital
Kim Sherman, SW -- Kaiser Permanente of Oakland
Laura Hagerty, SW -- University Medical Center of Arizona
Emily Buchanan CCLS -- Sutter Memorial Hospital
Shirley Mason LCSW -- Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Ellen Collins CCLS -- Essential Care Hospice
Regina Burdett CCLS -- Texas Children's Hospital
Lynn Hardesty SW -- Children's National Medical Center
Lynn Davis CCLS -- Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital
Eileen Kenna LSW -- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Elena Nazario SW -- Children's National Medical Center
Becki Moss CCLS -- St. Louis Children's Hospital
Jana Westlake SW -- St. Francis Hospital
Penny Degoosh OSW -- Vermont Children's Hospital
Areum Min CCLS -- Lutheran General Children's Hospital
Laura Worsham RN, MACW -- Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital
Michelle Miller PSW -- Hospice of the Western Reserve
Kelli McManus SW -- St. Mary's (MAYO)
Holly Potoeski, CTRS -- St. Mary's Hospital for Children
Jessica Wiederholt CCLS -- Kosair Children's Hospitalr
Roberta Johnson CCLS -- Arkansas Children's Hospital
Sarah Durbin MSW -- Kentucky Clinic
Linda Peck C.A. Therapist -- New Alternatives for Children
Caley Nelson LMSW -- Phoenix Children's Hospital
Stacey Koleszar LCSW -- Riley Children's Hospital
Stacey Downing LCSW -- Riley Children's Hospital
Judy Edens, CL -- Montreal Children's Hospital
Robyn Howard-Anderson MSW -- Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Beverly Lowe MSW -- Children's Hospital of Oakland
Gwen Robinson LCSW -- Shands Hospital
Ashley Williams CCLS -- T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital
Marinda McConnell CCLS -- Niswonger Children's Hospital
Laura McCullough CCLS -- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Miriam Burkett, MSW -- Mission Hospitals, Asheville, NC
June McAtee, MSW -- Children’s Hosptial of Omaha, NE
Nikki Wilke, CCLS -- Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Greenvile, SC
|Jennifer Brown, CTRS, CCLS -- Pitt Memorial Hospital
Robin Capecci, MSW -- St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Alistair Robertson, CSW -- Children's Hospital of California
Traci Aoki, CLS -- Kaiser Medical Center Sacramento
Cammie Woodward, CLS -- Kaiser Medical Center Sacramento
Denise Morrissey, CCLS -- Lutheran General Children's Hospital
Emily Gotha, CLS -- Lutheran General Children's Hospital
Linda Bensing, CLS -- Lutheran General Children's Hospital
Flora Wu, CLS -- Carolinas Medical Center
Susan Goode, CLD -- Carolinas Medical Center
Meghan Sealy, CLS -- Sacred Heart Children's Hospital
Rhys VanDemark, CLS -- DeVos Children's Hospital
Erica Turner, CLS -- University of Chicago Children's Hospital
Heather Kinney, CLS -- Virginia Commonwealth University Health Sys.
Stacy Sedlack, CCLS -- St. Louis Children's Hospital
Lisa Johnson CCLS -- Children's National Medical Center
Katie Johnson SW -- Duke University Medical Center
Laura Starsoneck, CL -- T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital
Hillyard, CCLS -- Children's Memorial Hospital
Wendy Shama, SW -- Hospital for Sick Children (Ontario)
Priscilla Manisto, SW -- SMDC - Duluth Clinic
Joli Craver, CL -- Nemours Children's Clinic
Alice Burrowes, C L Assist. -- Barbara Bush Children's Hospital @ MMC
Kathleen Nicosia, MT -- Neurohealth
Cathy Cerruti, CLS -- Goryeb Children's Hospital
Amy Rapport, CCLS -- NYU Hassenfeld Children's Center
Margaret Warden RN -- Children's London Health Sciences Centre
Karel O'Brien SW -- Children's Hospital of Michigan
Joyce Kilgore-Carlin SW -- Univ. of Wisconsin American Family Health Ctr.
Jen Usinger CLS -- Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital
Jennifer Hudgins CLSS -- St. Joseph's Chlldren's Hospital
Colleen Ducke CCLSS -- St. Vincent's Hospital
Cinda McDonald CCLS -- Community Hospice of Texas
Kristen Brown CLS -- Carolinas Medical Center
Yelena Zatulovsky LCAT, MA, MT-BC, GC-C, CCLS -- Roosevelt Hospital
Leah Forster, LCSW -- Primary Children's Medical Center
Kimberly Schafer LISW -- Akron Children's Hospital
Bryan Gish LCSW -- Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Carrie Kindopp CLM -- Sanford Children's Hospital
Debbie Conklin CCLS -- Nebraska Medical Center
Christine Neugebauer MT -- Shriner's Burn Hospital for Children
Jan Stouffer MT -- Penn State Hershey Therapy Services
Rebecca Bratcher CCLS -- Sutter Memorial Hospital
Rebecca Rice CCLS -- Children's Hospital of Oakland
Rita Aery CCLS -- Shriner's Hospital for Children, Northern CA
Pam Byer SW -- Children's Medical Center, Dayton Ohio
Christina Gornati CCLS -- St. Louis Children's Hospital
Garry Werner LCSW -- St. Mary's Children's Hospital Home Care Program
Jennifer Johnson CCLS -- Sutter Memorial Hospital
Kristie Opiola CCLS -- Cook Children's Medical Center
Bernadette Brunetti SW -- Broward General Medical Center
Jodi Bauers CCLS -- DeVos Children's Hospital
Lisa Mottola SW -- St. Louis Children's Hospital
Erica Smith CCLS -- Children's Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Laurie Park MT -- Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at WMC
Sheila Dodds SW -- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Paula Erck CCLS -- Sanford Children's Hospital
Justine Tobin CCLS -- Sanford Children's Hospital
Kimberlee Sheppard MT -- Hope Hospice and Community Services
Ellen Goldring CCLS -- Hackensack University Medical Center
Betty Welsh CCLS -- Pediatria Healthcare for Kids
Kelly Olson MSW -- St. Louis Children's Hospital
Kirsten Nelson MT -- University of Iowa Children's Hospital
Wendy Jensen CCLS -- Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic
Heather Hernandez CCLS -- Woodhull Medical & Mental Health Center
Debie Binder CCLS -- The Children's Hospital
Cindy Barshay, CCLS -- Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Portland, OR
Lori Novitski, CCLS -- Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hosp., San Antonio, TX