Two Scottish Charities awarded funding from Hard Rock Heals Foundation

Two Scottish Charities awarded funding from Hard Rock Heals Foundation

Hard Rock Cafe’s Scottish venues in Edinburgh + Glasgow have donated to local Scottish charities on behalf of the Hard Rock Heals Foundation.

Established to improve lives and the resiliency of communities through the power of music, the Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a charity organisation founded by Hard Rock International. To Hard Rock, music is energy; it stimulates emotion, inspires, connects and restores, and since 1971, Hard Rock International has aimed to bring people together through the unification of music. Hard Rock Heals Foundation aspires to carry on this ambition by building and investing in programs and partnerships that positively contribute towards people, communities and the environment. 100% of revenues raised by Hard Rock Heals Foundation and its programs is donated back into communities.

This February, Hard Rock International in partnership with Hard Rock Heals Foundation announced that in 2019 it will be donating $250,000 to 50 grant recipients around the world as part of the organisations commitment to improving the lives and resiliency of local communities. This announcement marks the third consecutive year of the foundation supporting community programs through grants that provide organisations, who share Hard Rock’s passion for music, with great opportunities.

Kellie Brown, Manager of Global Philanthropy for Hard Rock International said "As part of our effort to improve lives through the power of music, our yearly grant program provides the opportunity for each Hard Rock team to nominate a charitable organization in their community. With properties in more than 75 countries, this process allows us to serve diverse, local communities through trusted partners that share our belief in the universal healing power of music."

This year in Scotland, Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow are proud to award Nordoff Robbins with $5,000 funding from Hard Rock Heals Foundation. Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, supporting thousands of individuals through music stimulation, the charity is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. With over 150 partnerships, Nordoff Robbins encourages individuals, no matter what their musical aptitude, to use a wide range of instruments and their voice to facilitate physical and emotional wellbeing. As a charity close to home for many people in Scotland, this donation will be greatly beneficial as it is invested into a thoroughly deserving organisation.

Simon Foy, from Scotland Events team at Nordoff Robbins said: “We would like to say a huge thanks to Hard Rock Heals for the kind donation of $5,000 to support the work of Nordoff Robbins. Donations like this ensure that the vital work the charity does to support people through music therapy, can happen. This donation will help support therapy sessions that make such a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh are also delighted to award charity, Scotland Yard Adventure Centre with $5,000 from Hard Rock Heals Foundation. The funds will be used to support The Yard’s music and movement sessions that are run with disabled children aged 0-5 years. During the sessions the children learn through music by doing repetition songs and learning to take turns. All the sessions are fun and interactive. During the next term the children will be taking part in music sessions using bells and African drums. The Clown Doctors are also going to come and do some music sessions with the children too. These music sessions enable the children to be creative and explore music through a variety of musical instruments as well as their voices.

Anna Robinson, Partnerships Manager at The Yard said “We would like to thank Hard Rock Heals for the kind donation of $5,000 to support our music and movement sessions with disabled children aged 0-5 years old. These sessions are hugely important for both learning and social development and are hugely popular with the children that attend. With your support we are able to offer more music opportunities for the youngest member of The Yard so thank you very much for supporting our music sessions.”

Hard Rock Heals Foundation aims to help support programs aimed at Autism awareness, instrument donations, music education, elderly care and music therapy. Since 2016, the organisation in addition to this year’s donation, has donated a total of $365,000. This has resulted in over 100 locally-run, music-centric, health and wellness charities in Hard Rock markets around the world benefiting from the grant donations.

To see the full list of grant winners, and for more information on Hard Rock Heals Foundation, visit www.hardrock.com/healsfoundation

Nordoff Robbins
Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. The charity support thousands of people through their own centres and by working in over 150 partnerships with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. Music therapy is a specialist use of music that aims to facilitate physical and emotional wellbeing, and to promote the development and retention of key communication skills. A wide range of instruments can be used in music therapy, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised. Music therapists support people to develop their own ways of being musical in order to explore their potential and connect with the world around them. In the hands of a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, unlock forgotten memories for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing a terminal illness. www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk

Scotland Yard Adventure Centre
The Yard is an award-winning charity, running adventure play services for disabled children, young people and their families in the east of Scotland. It offers creative, adventurous indoor and outdoor play experiences in a well-supported environment. It provides care, support, and opportunities for fun and friendship. Besides informal respite, meeting other parents who face similar challenges lets them build a network of support and understanding that helps ease the difficulties they face. The flagship Edinburgh centre was refurbished by DIY SOS The Big Build in 2012. The Yard Dundee opened in 2015, followed by The Yard Fife in 2016. www.theyardscotland.org.uk

Hard Rock Heals Foundation
The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires, connects and restores. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music. We have developed partnerships with artists ranging from emerging to iconic in support of charitable efforts around the world. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to individuals whose goal is to heal through the power of music. Partnerships with like-minded, music-centric organizations allow Hard Rock Heals Foundation the opportunity to improve lives and promote wellness. http://www.hardrock.com/healsfoundation

Hard Rock International
With venues in 76 countries, including 184 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise available in Rock Shops and online at https://shop.hardrock.com. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands including Hard Rock Live performance venues. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company's two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Desaru Coast, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street in the United Kingdom, Djerba, Tunisia, Gran Canaria, Spain, and Chandigarh, India. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards.

Last Updated: 26 February 2019 18:19

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