History of the Foundation

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501(c)3 public charity
Serving Arizona
Located in Phoenix, AZ | 
Reducing Pain & Anxiety
Delivering live therapeutic music with nationally certified harpists.

Read About Our History

In May of 2000, The Harp Consortium evolved from the Hospice of the Valley’s Integrative Therapeutics Program. The founding members of this program included:
  • Hospice of the Valley Interfaith Services
  • Sun City’s Area Ministerial Association
  • Sun Health Corporation 
Later, in 2007, to expand our harp program, we became a separate non-profit organization, known as The Harp Foundation. 

As a uniquely positioned collaborative organization between healthcare facilities and therapeutic harpists, Therapeutic Harp Foundation expanded its mission to serve developmentally and physically disabled children, oncology patients, underserved populations, and other individuals with special needs. 

Our Mission Statement

The Therapeutic Harp Foundation’s mission was, “to deliver live therapeutic music to patients, caregivers, medical staff, and medical professionals in healthcare settings to alleviate pain and anxiety, and to improve outcomes where possible."

Later, in 2014, our mission and vision were shortened so that the Board of Directors, office staff members, and volunteers could easily recite it by memory.

Our mission became, “to deliver the power of live therapeutic harp music in healthcare settings.”

Finally, to better suit the mission and upcoming research ventures, The Harp Consortium's name was changed to Therapeutic Harp Foundation in 2015. 

Our Therapeutic Harp Experience

In 2016, our certified therapeutic harpists delivered live therapeutic harp music to over 100,000 patients, caregivers, and professional medical staff in 22 different healthcare facilities throughout the Valley. 

We are still the only therapeutic harp program in Arizona, and our Program Director is a member of the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians.

Therapeutic Music Research

We recently concluded a research project funded by The Melanie & Rob Walton Fund of The Walton Family Foundation, to study the qualitative effects of therapeutic harp music for patients in neurological units at Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) and Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH). 

We will soon begin a research project with Barrow Neurological Institutue as well as join clinical partners to study electromagnetic brain waves stimulated by therapeutic harp music.


Serving Several Healthcare Facilities

Currently, we have 7 certified therapeutic harpists who serve in 22 facilities.
  • Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Hospice of the Valley Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center, including their new Trauma 1 Unit
  • Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
  • Banner Del E. Webb
  • Banner Cardon Children’s Hospital
  • Honor Health Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center
  • Scottsdale Memory Care
  • Beatitudes Campus of Care
  • La Siena Assisted Living Facility
  • Hospice of the Valley Dobson Home
  • Hospice of the Valley Eckstein Center
  • Hospice of the Valley Friendship Village Palliative Care Unit
  • Hospice of the Valley Gardiner Home
  • Hospice of the Valley Lund Family Hospice Home
  • Hospice of the Valley Sherman Home
  • Hospice of the Valley Surprise Palliative Care Unit
  • Hospice of the Valley Thunderbird Palliative Care Unit
  • Hospice of the Valley Ryan House
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