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We’ve talked about Vijay Gupta before on this blog, and for good reason.  Ted Talk veteran,  killer violinist, humanitarian, and co founder of one of our favorite music charities,  Street Symphony, Vijay is an advocate for the power of music to improve lives.  Kudos, friend! 

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If you’ve  ever seen “The Soloist,” starring Jamie Foxx, you are already familiar with Nathaniel Ayers’s story. The 2009 film was based on the life of Ayers, a Julliard-educated musician who has struggled with schizophrenia and homelessness throughout his life.  After a chance meeting with Los Angeles Times columnist, Steve Lopez, Ayers was introduced to Adam Crane and Vijay Gupta of the LA Philharmonic.  This relationship placed Nathaniel on the road to recovery and led to the creation of Street Symphony, a charity focusing on bringing music to the disenfranchised community of Los Angeles’s Skid Row. 

Read more about Nathaniel, Street Symphony, and listen to a recent NPR story that includes the story of soldier returning home from Desert Storm and how music has helped him heal. 

Robert Gupta, founder of our Inaugural Partner, Street Symphony, delivers a powerful Ted Talk describing how music can be used as medicine. 

"When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society's marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails."

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