Who We Are

 Pickleberry Pie Hospital Concerts


Our mission 

Pickleberry Pie brings the healing power of music to children in hospitals and special needs facilities.

Music is so important because it can help lower blood pressure, reduce pain, improve mood, relieve stress, and help children notice and express their feelings. We bring joy and relief to kids and their families at a stressful time. By sharing our love and performance of music, Pickleberry Pie strives to improve the lives of hospitalized and special needs children nationwide.

We’ve brought the healing power of music to over 260,000 children, family members and hospital staff.


  • California: Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Bay Area, Sacramento
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • Maryland: Baltimore & DC area
  • Ohio: Akron, Cleveland, & Columbus
  • Oregon: Portland
  • Pennsylvania & South Jersey: Philadelphia, PA & Voorhees, NJ
  • Virginia: Charlottesville & DC area

We have provided over 6000 free concerts for kids in about 60 hospitals and special facilities nationwide.

Win – Win – Win

  • Children get free entertainment, 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

When two moms realized there wasn’t enough good quality children’s music on the radio they began Pickleberry Pie as a free children’s radio program in 1986. This innovative program won the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s highest award in 1990. Then they created a radio channel for Packard Hospital in Stanford, CA which led to the first free live Hospital Concert Series in Packard and Shriner’s Hospitals in 1998. Thanks to foundation support and generous volunteers, we’ve expanded throughout the country. Visit our radio website at Kids Public Radio.

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