The 2014 Music Has Power Awards® to Support the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function Will Honor Musician Glen Campbell and Two Others

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The annual Music Has Power Awards® event, scheduled for November 3 in New York City, also will honor Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Dr. Paul Greengard, and his wife, renowned sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard. The event raises funds to support the work and mission of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), a member of CenterLight Health System. Presenters Include Public Television’s Laura Savini and Midge Woolsey, and America’s Songwriter Jimmy Webb will perform.

Glen Campbell is one of three honorees for the 2014 Music Has Power awards, a fundraiser to benefit the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, part of CenterLight Health System.

Ashley and Glen Campbell perform

“From a pop country music legend to a Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist to a world-renowned sculptor, this year’s honorees embody the marriage of art, music, and science.” -- IMNF Executive Director Dr. Concetta Tomaino.

Legendary musical entertainer Glen Campbell, Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Dr. Paul Greengard, and his wife, renowned sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, will be honored at the 14th Annual Music Has Power® Awards event, which will take place on Monday, November 3, 2014, and supports the work and mission of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), a member of CenterLight Health System.

The evening will celebrate the IMNF’s visionary spirit and pioneering mission to combine science and music to advance the field of music therapy, and will take place at City Winery, 155 Varick St., New York. The evening will feature a reception and dinner, followed by the awards presentation and a live show headlined by legendary songwriter and long-time Campbell collaborator Jimmy Webb.

Webb composed many hits for Campbell, including, “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” yielding one of the most successful music collaborations in popular music. Laura Savini, Webb’s wife and a PBS television personality, is one of the evening’s presenters. IMNF Board Member Midge Woolsey, the PBS television and radio personality, will be the event’s Mistress of Ceremonies.    

“From a pop country music legend to a Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist to a world-renowned sculptor, this year’s honorees embody the marriage of art, music, and science,” said the IMNF Executive Director Dr. Concetta Tomaino. Noting that November is National Alzheimer’s Month, Dr. Tomaino added: “It’s particularly gratifying to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to their respective fields during this meaningful time.”

Since the June 2011 announcement of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Glen Campbell and his family have come to symbolize the challenge of living with the disease as a family, and have advocated for more research dollars for a disease that affects 5.4 million Americans at a cost of $200 billion annually. With a musical and entertainment career spanning nearly six decades, Campbell’s guitar playing is legendary and can be heard on classic tracks from Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night. As a solo artist, he has recorded such beloved songs as Gentle On My Mind, Galveston and Rhinestone Cowboy. Campbell has been awarded five Grammy Awards and three Grammy Hall of Fame honors, seven Academy of Country Music awards, a Pioneer Award recognition, three American Music Awards, two Country Music Association Awards and three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Glen’s wife, Kim, and daughter Ashley, will represent the family at the Music Has Power awards.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Paul Greengard is the Vincent Astor Professor of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University and Director of The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research. After serving as Director of Biochemistry at Geigy (now Novartis) Research Laboratories, he was appointed as Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at Yale University from 1968 to 1983, at which time he moved to his current position at The Rockefeller University. He has been honored with many distinguished awards and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. In 2000, Dr. Greengard was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system. He continues to lead cutting-edge research, making important discoveries about the molecular defects responsible for various neurological (Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease) and psychiatric (Schizophrenia and Major Depressive Disorder) disorders and also the molecular mechanisms by which neuro- and psychoactive drugs produce their pharmacological actions in these disorders. Together with his wife Ursula von Rydingsvard, Dr. Greengard dedicated his Nobel honorarium to fund the Pearl Meister Greengard Award, which honors the accomplishments of women scientists.

Ursula von Rydingsvard is a sculptor best known for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from cedar beams. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University (1975) and taught sculpture at the Yale School of Art and Architecture (1981-1989). Her sculpture is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among numerous others. Her most recent permanent acquisitions include an indoor sculpture at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and an outdoor bronze sculpture at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three awards from the American section of the International Association of Art Critics for her exhibitions, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

For ticket and sponsorship information, visit musichaspower.org or contact the IMNF at (718) 519-5840 or imnf(at)centerlight(dot)org.

About the Music Has Power® Awards
The IMNF Music Has Power Award is presented annually to recognize individuals in the arts, sciences and business communities whose contributions advance the IMNF’s groundbreaking music therapy research, programs and treatments. Throughout the years, an elite roster of artists and activists have lent their talent, energy and passion to the Institute’s mission, including the event’s Honorary Chair, Dr. Oliver Sacks and honorary board member Michael Feinstein, as well as Dustin Hoffman, Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Odetta, moby, Betty Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and Marilyn Maye. Learn more at http://www.musichaspower.org.

About the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function
Institute for Music and Neurologic Function is a non-profit organization and a member of CenterLight Health System. Founded in 1995, the IMNF is driven by 35 years of clinical observations on the actual effects of music on different types of physical and neurological trauma. Directed by renowned music therapist Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, with medical guidance from distinguished neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, its distinctive setting allows researchers to not only apply their theories, but to follow patient rehabilitation in the long term. The Institute actively collaborates with researchers and practitioners at other leading organizations to advance world progress in understanding and applying the power of music to promote healing and wellness. Learn more at http://www.musictherapy.imnf.org.

About CenterLight Health System
CenterLight Health System is a leading non-profit provider of rehabilitation and long-term healthcare services. Its broad scope of comprehensive programs is as diverse as the communities it serves. With deep roots in New York neighborhoods for more than 90 years, CenterLight currently cares for more than 15,000 individuals daily. Programs include managed long term care, short-term rehabilitation, home care programs, residential nursing homes and music therapy. Learn more at http://www.centerlight.org.

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