The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing scientific inquiry into music and the brain, and developing clinical treatments to benefit people of all ages, hosted the Music Has Power Awards, held at the Times Center on November 4. This year’s honorees were Jazz guitar legend, Stanley Jordan, professor, leading researcher in neuroscience and music, Nina Kraus and Jay Stark, Chair Emeritus, IMNF Board of Directors.
An all-star performance entertained guests, featuring performances by the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, four time Grammy-nominated guitarist, Stanley Jordan, Grammy-winning singer Lisa Fischer, recently featured in Netflix’s documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” which highlights Ms. Fischer’s work as a backup singer for renowned musicians such as Sting, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones. Mr. Jordan and Ms. Fischer, together for the first time, performed an amazing version of “Gimme Shelter” to end the show.
The award given to honorees was designed specifically for IMNF. Past recipients include physicians, scientists, musical artists, performers, and members of the music industry and business community. The event recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional individuals who have brought new understanding to the use of the power of music to awaken and heal. Celebrity performers have graced the stage at previous Music Has Power Awards to honor these individuals including Chris Martin, Dominic Chianese, the Beastie Boys, Michael Feinstein, Bruce Hornsby, Dustin Hoffman, Moby, Vanessa Carlton and Kris Kristofferson.
In 2017, IMNF made its new home at Wartburg, a premiere senior residential and healthcare facility in Westchester County, NY. Through Wartburg’s Outpatient Center, the Institute offers individualized music therapy for those living with neurologic issues such as Aphasia, Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as children with developmental needs. IMNF also hosts free programs such as “Healing Music”, a program for veterans with traumatic brain injury, neurological issues and PTSD and a Parkinson’s support group on Wartburg’s 34 acre campus.