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Nathan Sykes Sings for Hope

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Sing for Hope is honored to have Nathan Sykes join us in our efforts to bring art and music to NYC’s neediest kids.

“I think it’s incredibly important to bring music to kids. It encourages creativity, and it’s important that children are made to feel like they have a gift.”
— Nathan Sykes

Nathan designed a gorgeous Sing for Hope Piano that spent its summer days at Little Red Square in the West Village and will continue to inspire kids for years to come at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. He designed the piano in monochrome black and white (notice the black and white keys are reversed) “because music brings color to the world.”

Thanks to Nathan for taking a stand for arts education and believing, as we do, in art for all!

Won’t you please join Nathan in helping us bring 50 Sing for Hope Pianos to 50 public schools? Every penny of the $100,000 we must raise by July 31st goes to bring the gift of creativity to underserved schools. Click here to give now.

Dazzling New Crop of Sing for Hope Pianos Unveiled at 28 Liberty

New York City’s Largest Annual Public Art Program Unveiled 60 Pianos on 28 Liberty Plaza on June 5th

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 05: Jon Batiste performs at the 6th Annual Sing for Hope Pianos Kickoff Event At 28 Liberty Plaza on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Sing For Hope)

Sing for Hope unveiled 60 new artist-designed pianos, marking the sixth year of its legendary Sing for Hope Pianos program, at a special, free event at the iconic 28 Liberty Plaza on Monday, June 5th. Renowned Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader and Sing for Hope Board Member Jon Batiste kicked off the performances at 12noon, followed by a special performance of Bach’s Prelude in C performed by 45 pianists simultaneously on 30 Sing for Hope Pianos. Other performances included renowned pianist Michael Fennelly, who played Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

(See below for some of the amazing news coverage we got!)

Each year, Sing for Hope selects local and international artists to create unique piano artworks that are placed in parks and other public spaces for anyone and everyone to play. This year, through a special partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Sing for Hope will place all of the Sing for Hope Pianos in permanent homes in NYC public schools after the pianos’ time on the streets, benefiting an estimated 15,000 New York City school children.

“We started Sing for Hope with the core belief that the arts should be accessible to all. Now, more than ever, we believe that the arts can truly transform and uplift not only individuals but entire communities,” said Sing for Hope Co-Founders Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora. “We can’t wait to not only bring these playable masterpieces to all five boroughs for three weeks this June, but to also bring our mission full circle by delivering each piano to a New York City public school, giving the next generation of artists the opportunity to bloom.”

This summer marks the placement of the 400th Sing for Hope Piano to date, making NYC host to more street pianos than any other city in the world.

An icon of Lower Manhattan, 28 Liberty, a Fosun Property Holdings building, has provided a full 34,000-square-foot floor to serve as a communal studio for the artists designing the pianos.  To commemorate Sing for Hope’s 10th anniversary and as a special thank you to Fosun Group, ten pianos will remain at 28 Liberty Plaza during the 3-week installation, while the other pianos are available in other public spaces throughout the five boroughs before being placed in their permanent homes in public schools around New York City. “It is an honor to support Sing for Hope for a second year, as it fulfills its mission to provide arts resources and programming to underserved neighborhoods in New York City,” said Bo Wei, chief executive representative of Fosun Group in the U.S. and Vice President of Fosun Property Holdings. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the space that enables these pianos to come to life and our collaboration with Sing for Hope ensures that 28 Liberty will continue to play a vital role in the culture of Lower Manhattan.”

As in previous years, celebrities are also contributing their energy, talent, and time to design The 2017 Sing for Hope Pianos, including Emmy Award winning actress Kate McKinnon, Grammy Award winning singer Roberta Flack, internationally renowned visual artist Billy the Artist, and the Broadway casts of Aladdin, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Waitress, and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Left to right: Jon Batiste, Camille Zamora, Commissioner Silver, and Monica Yunus

As part of the celebration on June 5th, NYC Parks Sing for Hope presented Commissioner Mitchell Silver with the Sing for Hope “Art for All” Award for the department’s strong partnership with Sing for Hope and commitment to bringing the power of the arts to the public spaces of NYC. Previous recipients of the “Art for All” Award include Lea Salonga, Tony Bennett, Paul Shaffer, Renée Fleming, Muhammad Yunus, Joe Flom, and Ann Ziff.

In time for the big reveal of the 2017 Sing for Hope Pianos, the world’s first-ever mobile app for street piano discovery and engagement is now available. The app helps people to discover, visit and play the pianos – and then share their experiences via social media. Now in its third year, the app will allow people to take curated tours of the pianos, discover special concerts by artists and performers taking place at the pianos, and sign up to give their own pop-up performances on the pianos. The app, designed and developed by Craver Inc., is free to download and available in the app store.

The 2017 Sing for Hope Pianos are made possible in part by the support of Fosun International and 28 Liberty, and by Sing for Hope’s Founders’ Circle, including The Arnhold Foundation in loving memory of Sissy Arnhold, The Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundationand Ann Ziff, and the generosity of donors like you.

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Sing For Hope Pianos Return June 5-25

Sing For Hope Pianos are Back this Summer – June 5-25
Sixth Anniversary of the Largest Annual Public Arts Project in the United States

Kick-off Event to Unveil all 60 Pianos — Monday, June 5 at 28 Liberty Plaza

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 06: An aerial view of the pianos in Liberty Plaza during The 2016 Sing For Hope Pianos launch event on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Sing for Hope Pianos )

Sing for Hope is bringing its renowned Sing for Hope Pianos back to the streets of New York City this summer. From June 5-25, as a celebration of the work Sing for Hope does in communities year-round, 60 Sing for Hope Pianos will be placed in parks and public spaces in high traffic locations across all five boroughs in New York for anyone and everyone to play.

The 2017 Sing for Hope Pianos have been designed by artists including Kate McKinnon, Roberta Flack, Billy the Artist, the Broadway casts of Aladdin, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Waitress, and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 — and many more. This summer will mark the sixth anniversary of the Sing for Hope Pianos with the placement of the 400th artist-designed piano to date, making NYC host to more street pianos than any other city in the world.

A special public unveiling of all pianos will take place on June 5th at 28 Liberty Plaza with a special performance at noon by Jon Batiste, Sing for Hope Board Member and bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Additional popup performances from Sing for Hope artists will take place throughout the day-long event. At 12:30pm, all 60 Sing for Hope Pianos will be played in unison, led by Jon Batiste. To sign up to be one of the lucky 60, click here.

Fosun Group has donated a full 34,000-square-foot floor in 28 Liberty, a landmarked, iconic office tower in Lower Manhattan, to serve as a communal studio for the artists designing the pianos. To commemorate Sing for Hope’s 10th anniversary and as a special thank you to Fosun Group, ten pianos will remain at 28 Liberty Plaza during the 3-week installation, while the other pianos will be available in other public spaces throughout the five boroughs.

“We started Sing for Hope with the core belief that the arts should be accessible to all. Now, more than ever, we believe that the arts can truly transform and uplift not only individuals but entire communities,” said Sing for Hope Co-Founders Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora. “We can’t wait to not only bring these playable masterpieces to all five boroughs for three weeks this June, but to also bring our mission full circle by delivering each piano to a New York City public school, giving the next generation of artists the opportunity to bloom.”

“It is an honor to support Sing For Hope for a second year, as it fulfills its mission to provide arts resources and programming to underserved neighborhoods in New York City,” said Bo Wei, chief executive representative of Fosun Group in the U.S. and Vice President of Fosun Property Holdings. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the space that enables these pianos to come to life and our collaboration with Sing For Hope ensures that 28 Liberty will continue to play a vital role in the culture of Lower Manhattan.”

After the public installation concludes on June 25, 50 of the 2017 Sing for Hope Pianos will be placed in permanent homes in New York City Schools. This partnership with the New York City Department of Education benefits an estimated 15,000 school children. In the fall of 2016, 50 of the 2016 Sing for Hope Pianos were placed in schools throughout the five boroughs. Each piano is delivered to its school with great fanfare, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebratory concerts from Sing for Hope Artist Partners and students within the schools. Schools interested in applying to receive a Sing for Hope Piano may do so at this link by June 1, 2017.

The 2017 Sing for Hope Pianos are made possible by the support of Fosun Group, 28 Liberty, and the Sing for Hope’s Founders’ Circle, including The Arnhold Foundation in loving memory of Sissy Arnhold, The Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation, and Ann Ziff.

To download hi-res images, please visit www.SingforHope.org/2017media.

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Work with Sing for Hope as a NYC Civic Corps Member

Hello! For those that we haven’t met yet, we’re Emi and Eric! We’ve been working at Sing for Hope as part of a 10-month AmeriCorps program called NYC Civic Corps. (Emi, native of Arkansas, graduated from Rhodes College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Psychology. Eric, originally from Long Island, graduated in 2016 from Dartmouth with a degree in Art History.) After college, we were both looking for a way to do some good in the community and explore New York City. We applied to Civic Corps, went through a few rounds of interviews with NYC Service, and then eventually interviewed with Sing for Hope. We both fell in love with the organization (and vice versa!), and were each offered the position shortly after. It’s no coincidence that we both play piano and love art – looking back, Sing for Hope seems like the only logical choice for each of us.


We were brought on to Sing for Hope to help with recruiting and managing volunteers at a crucial time of growth in the organization, and along the way we’ve gotten to experience so much more. We’ve represented Sing for Hope at street fairs and colleges all around the city, led new volunteer orientations, spoken with arts groups in all 5 boroughs, and interacted with countless talented artists. Beyond those duties, we were able to help with Sing for Hope Arts Week (a free arts camp for high school students), and even got to be involved with prepping the
Sing for Hope Pianos before their time on the streets this June. While all of the work has always been varied, interesting, and rewarding, what we’ve enjoyed the most has been getting to know the volunteers of Sing for Hope. We’ve met so many wonderful artists, and we’re so grateful for everything they do. From performing for veterans, children, and hospital patients, to painting pianos and Project Leading, our volunteers do it all. We have learned so much from everyone, and we’ll carry these lessons with us as we move forward from Sing for Hope.


We would both highly recommend Civic Corps if someone has the desire and interest to better New York City and themselves. Not only did we gain professional skills and expand our networks, but we got to work with talented musicians and artists every day. We saw the benefits of music and art first hand, and it has defined and made our service incredibly worthwhile. We’ve been fortunate to have a very positive experience these past months, and we’ve heard these feelings echoed among many other Civic Corps members.

The application to become a 2017-2018 Civic Corps member is open (click here) and and we encourage anyone interested to apply! This is a full-time, paying position. Sing for Hope will be looking for two new Civic Corps members in the coming months, so feel free to contact us or the SFH office if you’re interested in working with the organization as an AmeriCorps Member!

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SFH Board Member Woetzel named Juilliard President


Which Sing for Hope board member:

• has been known to execute more flawless mid-air turns than the average person?
• led the entire 2013 Sing for Hope Gala audience in the opening of Balanchine’s Sérénade?
• has been a member of the Sing for Hope board since 2013 and our Programming Committee Chair since 2014?
• is, as of this week, the newly named President of The Juilliard School?

If you guessed Damian Woetzel, you are correct!

At Sing for Hope, our treasure lies in our trove of talent: our 2,000+ Artist Partners who power our year-round arts outreach programs, our Community Partners who facilitate our creative community-building work, our donors whose generosity builds our capacity, and our Board of Directors who steer our ship.

Among Sing for Hope’s most passionate and involved board members is Damian Woetzel, Chair of our Programming Committee and a member of the board since 2013. The much-anticipated announcement last week of Damian’s appointment as the seventh President of The Juilliard School was met with excitement from all sides, and nowhere more so than in Sing for Hope’s brightly colored midtown offices, where we know firsthand his inimitable blend of wit and wisdom, intellect and insight, pragmatism and idealism. Those qualities were palpable at one of Damian’s recent Citizen Artist discussions at Steinway Hall, and they are hallmarks of his work both on and off the stage.

To quote this week’s announcement in The New York Times:

Mr. Woetzel’s path to becoming a college president was an unusual one: His father, a professor, had been surprised when he decided to forgo college to dance ballet. Mr. Woetzel recalled a visit from his father to see him take a class at the School of American Ballet. “As we left he said to me, ‘Do you know, it’s a beautiful world that you’re entering,’” he recalled. “And I knew what he was talking about because we were walking by open rooms with music going on, and it was just that art of the possible existing in one place.”

Damian, we are thrilled about this brilliant match of visionary leader to vital institution, and we can’t think of anyone more perfectly suited to build upon the legacy of retiring Juilliard President and pioneering citizen artist Joseph Polisi, himself a founding board member of Sing for Hope. The Juilliard School is, in many ways, a bellwether for our sector, and your charting the next stage of the school’s journey will have far-reaching effects for all of us. (Juilliard was also the lab in which Sing for Hope was incubated by co-founders Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus in 2004.) We can’t wait to watch you lead our Alma Mater into its next chapter, and we know that this is a role you were born to play!

Artist Partner Spotlight: Jia Jung

“Music and creativity are still central to my life, and it is a desire to enjoy and foster these elements within a community. It was only natural that I would gravitate towards this kind of opportunity,” says Jia Jung, who has served as a dedicated Piano Buddy each year of the project since 2013.  


It was in spring of 2013 that Jia was surfing the pages of Time Out Magazine where she found an article about The Sing for Hope Pianos and information on how to get involved. After filling out an application, she soon became the Buddy at Prospect Park – Grand Army Plaza and has been ever since.

Tasks of a Sing for Hope Piano Buddy are simple, yet an absolutely essential part of the project. Community members, like Jia, commit to uncovering the piano each morning, covering it at night, and making sure the piano is cared for (especially in the unfortunate case of inclement weather). In the few years of the project, Jia sometimes found that when it unexpectedly began to rain in the middle of the day and she bolted outside to cover her instrument, other concerned community members had already neatly placed the tarp (or “rain jacket” as Jia likes to call it!) over the piano. It’s always comforting to know the entire community can rally around these beautiful instruments and ensure they go on to live lives in their permanent homes after their time on the streets.”

Some of Jia’s favorite perks of this job are that she gets to play her piano every morning before work, every evening after work, and meet all the amazing people that stop by. She’s made friends in her neighborhood and from around the world. She’s seen boys play in tuxes on their way to prom, students patiently practicing their sonatas, and composers diligently writing into the night. When asked about the most rewarding part of being a Piano Buddy, Jia states, “meeting people and observing their interactions with the piano are the very best parts of being a Piano Buddy. As a sort of guard of the instrument, you feel an extra special connection to it all.”


Jia even went above and beyond to create blogs each year of the project, detailing her amazing experiences. To view Jia’s blogs from each year of the project, please visit her website for
2013, 2015, 2016, and soon-to-be-updated 2017.

And to join her in ensuring our pianos safely make it to their forever homes, please send an email to pianos@singforhope.org

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Artist Partner Spotlight: Whitley Green

“All children and youth deserve the opportunity to participate in quality arts educational opportunities.”
– Whitley Green



A native of Dallas, Whitley just moved to New York in August to attend New York University, where she is a first-year graduate student of the Dance Education Pre-K-12 certification program. She became a Sing for Hope Artist Partner in November after receiving an email from her school encouraging their students to get involved in Sing for Hope’s many programs. An avid volunteer back in Texas, she felt it was just the thing that was missing in her life since her move to New York.

“It is my hope that by sharing and serving through my art, I can improve community cohesiveness, and encourage youth to fervently pursue their dreams.”

Whitley has already shared her boundless energy with students in Sing for Hope programs from lower Manhattan to the top of the Bronx. Her biggest inspiration for her art, she says, are the students themselves. She takes her creativity from the energy in the room, often focusing on improv dance movement, or working with the group to create a collective dance piece.

Whitley rocking out with students at Sing for Hope Arts Week

One of Whitley’s favorite moments sharing her art in Sing for Hope programs was her special visit to students at New York City Children’s Center, a facility in the Bronx that provides an array of behavioral health services to students at 5-18. There, Whitley lead an interactive dance improv activity where the students chose a card with a word on it and she would incorporate it in her dance, giving the students a sense of being part of the creative process.  After her visit, NYCCC staffer Grace said, “The children have never seen anybody move, anybody dance like that. It really helps them heal.”

Whitley also helped kick off our Sing for Hope Arts Week — a free, four-day arts program that provides high school students the opportunity to immerse themselves in different art forms through workshops led by artists on our roster. She set the tone for the week with her energetic warm ups and really got the group moving. While her workshop focused on her original hip hop choreography, perhaps her most important move is her big smile! Whitley sported her infectious smile for the entire workshop, encouraging students to do the same. Many of the students who were shy at the start left Whitley’s workshop feeling confident and surprised in their rhythmic abilities.

Whitley’s advice to other artists wanting to get involved with Sing for Hope — “Just do it! Like Nike! Seriously, it’s a rewarding experience for both you as an artist and for the people you have the opportunity to serve. It’s truly a gift to share your gift with others.”

Sing for Hope Artist Partners Johana Guerrero and Whitley Green after performing for students at NYCCC.

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Sing for Hope is a Proud Partner of New York Music Month

June 2017 is New York Music Month (NYMM) – the first-ever citywide celebration of New York City’s diverse music ecosystem. The month is an initiative of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment in partnership with NY is Music.


Music is central to the city’s economy, social fabric, and cultural identity. NYMM celebrates this with programming and resources for musicians and the music industry; co-branded concerts; advertising and social media campaigns; a website with a comprehensive calendar of free and ticketed music events; educational programs; and much more.

Organized to coincide with other major NYC area music events in June, the month’s calendar boasts both public and industry facing events, including the Sing for Hope Pianos, Governor’s Ball, the 48th Annual Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the 100th anniversary of the National Music Publishers Association Annual Meeting, A2IM Indie Week, the Northside Festival, Live Nation’s Ford Amphitheater series at Coney Island, Central Park SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn opening weekends, and many more!

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Artist Partner Spotlight: Marcy Richardson

“Whatever your style is, there are people out there whose whole day could be made by your music.”
– Marcy Richardson


Where did you spend your Tuesday night? On your couch watching Netflix? Catching up on work at the office? For Marcy Richardson, Tuesday night was business as usual – performing beautiful arias while suspended upside down from the ceiling, aided only by strips of silk.

Marcy stuns with her aerial act at the Nutcracker Rouge 2016.

An accomplished coloratura soprano hailed by The New York Times for her “clear, pealing voice,” Marcy Richardson is busy in the opera world, and was most recently heard in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center. She also is a trained aerialist, and works with a dance company to fuse her acrobatics with music in new and exciting ways. While these two art forms may seem disparate, Marcy’s passion and energy course through both, providing a unifying thread from aerials to arias. No matter what her stage, Marcy epitomizes Sing for Hope’s belief in the importance of sharing “art for all.”

What has been your favorite moment volunteering with Sing for Hope so far? “There was a recent hospital bedside performance [at Henry J. Carter] in particular where I felt deeply connected to the patient. He was so excited and engaged during everyone’s pieces, gleefully moving to the music… As soon as I started singing, he looked me in the eye with a smile and almost started to cry. The other artists joined in and I almost didn’t want it to end. I felt so present and connected to this person. We could have sung for him all day. Making that connection and feeling like you truly reach and uplift even one person is the best feeling.”

Why do you feel that it is important to share your art with your community? “So often, the arts are looked at as something frivolous or unnecessary. It’s the first thing people think of to cut when budgets are tight. The opposite is true – the arts are an absolute necessity. Art and music have the power to heal, to unite, to connect, to make people feel stronger and happier. What else can you say that about? I truly believe it’s a basic human need.”

What would you say to other artists about getting involved with Sing for Hope? “If you are an artist, you have something that can enrich and heal others right here, right now. I can’t describe how amazing and liberating it feels to give art to people just for the sake of making THEM feel great. It’s not about you, the people behind the audition table, the audience who bought tickets, the reviewers. It’s about stepping outside yourself and connecting with people who need it.  Whatever your style is, there are people out there whose whole day could be made by your music. Volunteering with Sing for Hope is one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. It’s such an easy and fulfilling way to give back to the community as an artist, and there’s no reason not to just go for it!”

Marcy charms the crowd at Coler Hospital with a rousing rendition of “Get Happy.”

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Artist Partner Spotlight: Trevon Blondet

What makes an artist? A degree from a renowned arts school? Your name in lights on Broadway? Or the accidental discovery that a simple habit can contain great expressive potential?


Trevon Blondet never thought that he was making art by using his camera. Having grown up snapping pictures his whole life, he never saw it as a form of creative expression, but rather just something that was an ever-present part of his day-to-day. Three years ago, he was encouraged by members of the Bronx Photo League to take his photos to the next level, and has never looked back.

Raised in the South Bronx, Trevon has always been passionate about elevating and preserving neighborhood and community. Joining the Jerome Avenue Workers Project, a photo exhibition that documented and celebrated the workers and tradespeople of one of New York City’s few remaining working class neighborhoods, was the moment he felt he truly became an artist. The Project opened Trevon’s eyes to the impact his photos could have on his borough.

When we asked Trevon why it is important to him to share his art with his community, he replied that “it’s proof that, with the proper inspiration, you can explore different avenues to expand the realms of art.”

“Tony” © Trevon Blondet

The people of Trevon’s South Bronx neighborhood have made such an impression on him that he has chosen to use their images as the subject for his 2017 Sing for Hope Piano. The result has been inspiring, both for him and for the viewers of his work. Furthermore, Trevon reports, like so many SFH Artist Partners, that a side-benefit of volunteering his talent with Sing for Hope has been the sense of creative community that has arisen in the Fosun Sing for Hope Center at 28 Liberty, where all of the 2017 SFH Pianos are brought to life. There, he says, he loves being flanked by art and artists of all kinds who offer support and lend positive feedback.

“This has been such a positive experience, such a good way to get involved with a great organization and community of artists who will always inspire you to do more,” said Trevon.

We’re happy to have Trevon as a wonderful part of our Sing for Hope community.  Welcome to the family, Trevon!

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