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Music Heals: A Celebration of Grady with big-name Georgia artists

“The heart of Grady, which is our mission, [is] to take care of everyone who comes through our doors, and also our desire to help people be healthy so that they can live their fullest lives,” Joselyn Butler Baker, president of the Grady Health Foundation, said. (Photo by Kelly Jordan)

By Hannah E. Jones

The Grady Health Foundation, in partnership with Georgia Music Accord and WSB-TV, is bringing its leaders and some of the state’s most recognized musicians right to your living room. 

Music Heals: A Celebration of Grady will feature presentations about Grady and its mission, along with performances from CeeLo Green, the Indigo Girls, the Black Crowes and others. 

The program will be available online only due to COVID-19. Donations from the event will fund Grady’s services, which have been in high demand through the pandemic.

The Georgia Music Accord helped secure the big-name musicians who will perform free of charge. 

Georgia Music Accord CEO Brad Olecki credits this to “relationships,” adding, “the music industry is a family.”

The organization, co-chaired by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Joel Katz, aims to celebrate the music industry and bring local artists together.

“The Georgia Music Accord stems from a bunch of people coming together to continue to unify the music industry and celebrate the amazing diversity and heritage that Georgia carries with our music,” Olecki said. 

Shan Cooper, executive director of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, has a seat on both boards and helped the partnership to come to fruition.

“Music heals, right? That’s also what Grady does; it heals individual people and also heals our community,” Cooper said. “So, what a great way to bring together our mutual vision.” 

The program will also touch on Grady’s efforts surrounding the pandemic, as it’s currently a mainstay in the medical world, and donations from the fundraiser will support its services.

“Grady has, like all hospitals, faced a new level of challenges, including financial,” Joselyn Butler Baker, president of the Grady Health Foundation, said. “Grady went into the pandemic with a much slimmer margin than other hospitals. Because of that, combined with very high volumes, combined with the current labor shortage, Grady’s under a lot of strain.”

“Every dollar we raise from the community doesn’t just help Grady get through this particular challenge but helps to make sure Grady’s ready for whatever may come next. Because we know that the need for Grady’s services will never go away,” she added.

If you want to jam out or learn more about Grady, the hospital that’s central to so many Atlantan’s lives that folks born there are coined “Grady baby,” go to WSB-TV’s website or channel two on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

Hannah E. Jones

Hannah Jones is an Atlanta native and Georgia State University graduate, with a major in journalism and minor in public policy. She began studying journalism in high school and has since served as a reporter and editor for two newspapers. Hannah managed the Arts and Living section of The Signal, Georgia State’s independent award-winning newspaper. She has a passion for environmental issues, urban life and telling a good story. Hannah can be reached at hannah@saportareport.com.


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