About Us

What are Pickleberry Pie Hospital Concerts for Kids?

photoWe’ve brought the healing power of music to 200,000 children.

Pickleberry Pie Hospital Concerts for Kids provides a monthly concert series for seriously ill and disabled children in Northern and Southern California; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC and surrounding suburbs; and Charlottesville, VA. We plan to expand to Wilmington, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

We have provided over 5,500 free concerts for kids in about 40 hospitals and special facilities nationwide.

Local and Adaptable

We stay adaptable because we’re local. Each of our concerts is planned, scheduled, and managed entirely by the local coordinators of Pickleberry Pie Hospital Concerts. All the hospital staff has to do is publicize the concert to their patients.

We hand pick the entertainers for the concerts, selecting people we know and trust. This is crucial because it takes a special person to do this. Many of our award-winning performers have years of experience working with kids.  We pay our entertainers an honorarium, insuring a high quality, site-specific performance each time. We work closely with hospital staff to make sure that the performance is upbeat and appropriate. We’ve had a great variety of multicultural performers in our many concerts – including singers, guitarists, drummers, storytellers,  jugglers and magicians. All performers strive to involve the kids in the concert, using free, hygienically sealed rhythm instruments, group singing, songwriting, and collaborative storytelling where possible.

Supporting foundations frequently visit to see the artists in action.

Win – Win – Win

  • Children and their families get free entertainment, brightening spirits and bringing joy and laughter.
  • Hospital staff enjoy the break from routine and watching their patients have a good time.
  • Performers love the opportunity to make a difference, and to be treated as professionals by getting a small honorarium.

“Pickleberry Pie has the capacity, manpower, and connections to bring special programming to our organization that we would not otherwise be able to provide.”
– Cristen Cravath, Coordinator The Children’s Inn at NIH

Our Story

Pickleberry Pie began as a free children’s radio program in 1986. It was a very popular series and won the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s highest award. Pickleberry Pie was then asked to create a closed circuit radio channel for Packard Hospital in Stanford, CA. This lead to the Hospital Concert series for seriously ill and disabled children in Packard and Shriner’s Hospital in San Francisco beginning in 1998. Thanks to foundation support and generous volunteers, Pickleberry Pie Hospital Concerts for Kids has expanded to many hospitals and regions throughout the country. Visit our radio website at Kids Public Radio.

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