News Release: University News

Mar. 2,  2010

Voice Center, MusiCares Partner for Vocal Health Care for Musicians in Need

News Article ImageThe Emory Voice Center is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders, offering the latest innovations in voice therapies and effective management options for all conditions which afflict the voice.

The Emory Voice Center is partnering with MusiCares®, the nonprofit foundation established by The Recording Academy® (the organization responsible for GRAMMY Awards), to provide vocal health services for musicians in need.

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical support for music people in times of financial, medical and personal need though its emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery programs. The Emory Voice Center will offer consultations and treatments to MusiCares clients with vocal problems. Emory is the first and only voice center to provide specialized vocal medical care for the music assistance program.

"We are very enthusiastic to partner with MusiCares," says Michael M. Johns, III, MD, director of the Emory Voice Center. "This endeavor will create a unique opportunity for struggling artists with vocal difficulties to have access to the highest level voice care. Hopefully, this specialized care will help these artists return to their high level performance. This partnership holds the promise to be a model that could grow to other areas of the U.S. with other voice centers."

Patients are seen by a laryngology physician specialist for diagnosis, then treatment follows, if needed. Speech language pathologists and singing voice specialists work closely with the physicians on each case to assist patients in returning to their livelihood.

"MusiCares is well known in the music community for its resources for individuals facing dire personal or medical situations or those who are in the unrelenting grip of addiction," says, Debbie Carroll, LCSW, executive director of MusiCares. "While we have offered vocal health workshops in regions throughout the country in past years, this innovative partnership with the Emory Voice Center will bring much needed healthcare to our clients and truly extend our ability to help musicians get back to the business of making a living."

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.com.

The Emory Voice Center diagnoses and treats an array of vocal disorders, offering state-of-the-art innovations in voice therapy and effective management options for all conditions that affect the voice. Located at Emory University Hospital Midtown, the Emory Voice Center serves problems of the professional voice, as well as voice and larynx conditions of all types. The Voice Center Lab is actively involved with research initiatives to better understand the causes of voice disorders and provide new treatment options. 

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