The first Tunes in Times Square sing-a-thon will take place Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature performers from the Broadway community, talented kids from the tri-state area and Magical Music for Life, the New Canaan-based founding group for the event.
The purpose of Tunes in Times Square is to raise funds to produce an album of original songs designed for children with autism and other special needs, which will be a free download to teachers, therapists, parents and children worldwide.
The event will take place in the pedestrian plaza near the TKTS booth between 46th and 47th streets.
Tunes in Times Square will include a raffle and auction of Broadway show tickets, backstage tours and collectible items, including signed merchandise.
Donations from the Tunes music event will cover recording costs for Magical Music for Life to produce an album of 12 original songs focusing on the day in the life of a child.
Each song touches on one specific activity, like getting dressed, going to school and brushing teeth. Through repetitive lyrics and simplistic melodies these songs aid children to learn and accomplish each action.
The compositions are designed to stimulate speech, motor, and social skills as well as sensory desensitization. Magical Music for Life hopes that this can be the start of an ongoing library of songs written to fill the needs of therapists and children in the future.
Magical Music for Life is a New Canaan-based organization whose mission is to use music to better the lives of children. Founded in 1999, it has produced a wide range of musical projects delivering positive messages to children.
To make a donation to the Tunes event or to download music from the "Songs for Skills" program visit www.magicalmusic.org.
Projects are also used to generate income and awareness for children's charities across the country. The songs and original family musicals have been performed at the White House for the Annual Easter Egg Roll, the United Nations for the first World Autism Awareness Day, the Tribeca Film Festival and Shea Stadium, as well as professional theaters, hospitals, Boys and Girls Clubs and inner city schools.
Tunes in Times Square will be Magical Music for Life's third benefit concert involving the participation of hundreds of children. In 2005 they produced the benefit concert "One Town ... One Voice" which raised $150,000 for Habitat Humanity's Katrina Relief Fund in 2009, and in 2011 another "One Town ... One Voice" concert to benefit the national, celebrity-driven charity, Stand Up to Cancer.
To make a donation to this event or to download music from the "Songs for Skills" program visit www.magicalmusic.org.