, Salem, MA

May 14, 2013

Letter: Jazz and Soul Festival supports music therapy

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

I wanted to write in and tell the people about a program currently being sponsored by The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. The festival uses the proceeds from the many concerts it holds annually to fund various programs of music throughout the community, from donating musical instruments to the schools as well as sponsoring various educational seminars for the community. One such program is music therapy, which is taking place at the NorthEast ARC and Autism Support Center located on Southside Road in Danvers.

My 11-year-old son, who has been diagnosed with autism, is currently participating in the music therapy classes held on Monday afternoons. It has radiated so many benefits to my son, including increased socialization with the class members and expression of his own musical and artistic ideas and emotions. It has left him in such a good mood each and every time he has attended.

This program would never have been made available to my son and the others participating if it were not for the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival and its giving ways. I urge each and every citizen to support the activities of the festival and to attend one of the many concerts and events they hold annually. Their proceeds are going in a wonderful direction, giving affected children a new platform of expression, one they might never have engaged in if not for the program. Thanks, Salem Jazz and Soul Festival!

Cliff Goodman