About Sing for Hope

Our Mission

Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world.

Our creative programs bring hope, healing, and connection to millions of people in hospitals, care facilities, schools, refugee camps, transit hubs, and community spaces worldwide. Founded in New York City in 2006, Sing for Hope partners with community-based organizations, mobilizes artists in creative service, and produces artist-designed Sing for Hope Pianos across the US and around the world.

Our Programs

Research-based creative performances, workshops, and cultural experiences that promote wellness, connection, and respite in hospitals, vaccination centers, long-term care facilities, hospices, and treatment centers.

Dynamic arts workshops and standards-based curricula that inspire civic action and uplift youth, educators, and local communities.

Creative advocacy, leadership, and program design that drive the integration of the arts in policy and at global convenings on social change.

From the Bronx to Beirut, a global arts initiative that creates artist-designed pianos; places them in parks and public spaces for anyone and everyone to play; then transports and activates them year-round in permanent homes in schools, hospitals, and community-based organizations.

Our Values

  • The creative arts are a powerful conduit for hope. We believe that the creative arts have unique power to heal, unite, educate, and transform.
  • Creativity is a fundamental human right. We believe that access to the arts is a right, not a privilege.
  • Access to creative resources is not equitable today, but grassroots, artist-led action helps to level the field. We believe that through Sing for Hope’s network of support, artists can act as powerful resource re-allocators for creativity, sharing the arts and their byproduct — hope — where they are needed most.
  • Sharing creativity in communities enriches artists in tandem with those they serve. Sing for Hope Artist Partners serve in every Sing for Hope program as our most vital asset, leveraging their creative service to transform individuals and communities in need. Through their sharing of time and talent, Sing for Hope Artist Partners are enriched alongside the communities they serve, as creativity is an endlessly renewable resource that increases with use.
  • Sing for Hope programs are designed for our community institutional partners based on the needs and of the individuals and communities served. Our community institutional partners are co-investors in, and beneficiaries of, our programming.
  • We measure our transformation of individuals and communities through careful tracking of our impact and outcomes, demonstrating the power of the arts to generate joy, determination, renewed optimism, and connection/unity in each community we serve.
  • Sing for Hope values integrity, excellence, passion, and positivity as key attributes of our organization and our work. We are program-driven, impact/results-oriented, and artist- and community-sensitive.

Board Members

THE SING FOR HOPE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS PASSIONATE AND INVOLVED IN SUPPORTING OUR PROGRAMS, MISSION, AND FUTURE.

Internationally acclaimed musician & bandleader of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

CFO, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc.: CFDA Foundation, Inc.

Grammy Award-winning Soprano; Creative Consultant, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Vice President, Corporate
Communications Sony Pictures Entertainment

Vice Chair President & CEO, Grameen America; Board Member, Apple & General Electric

VP Creative Production, Netflix Board Member, Center for Justice and Accountability Board Member, Ellevest Advisory Board Member, NYC Tech Talent Pipeline

Investor; Philanthropist; Founder, New York SongSpace

2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Founder, Grameen Bank

Philanthropist; Chair, Metropolitan Opera

Leadership

Co-Founders & Staff

MONICA YUNUS

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
Monica Yunus is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sing for Hope. Ms. Yunus has performed with the world’s leading opera companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, The Zouk Festival, and in recitals in Spain, Guatemala, and her native Bangladesh. She has been named a 2016 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, honored with a 21st Century Leaders Award, as “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1, and named one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy” by Town & Country. A leading voice in the “artist as citizen” discussion, she has performed and spoken at the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, Skoll World Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, and the United Nations. The daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Ms. Yunus is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

CAMILLE ZAMORA

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
Camille Zamora is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sing for Hope. An internationally acclaimed soprano, she has appeared with collaborators ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Sting, with ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra and Glimmerglass Opera, and in live broadcasts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio, and Sirius. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and named NY1’s "New Yorker of the Week,” one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy” by Town & Country, and one of CNN’s "Most Intriguing People." A leading voice in the “artist as citizen” discussion, Camille has performed and given keynotes at Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship, the World Summit of Nobel Laureates, Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, Aspen Ideas Festival, and The United Nations.

Richard Robertson

Chief Operating Officer

Lester Vrtiak

Operations Director,
Sing for Hope Pianos

Kim Washington

Studio Manager,
Sing for Hope Pianos

Pamela Weingarden

Development Manager &
Board Liaison

Patty Reitkopf

Development Consultant

Javier Hinojosa

Director of Information Technology

Sharyn Pirtle

Director of Education &
Open Arts

Raquel Palmas

Associate Producer,
Open Arts

Druneill Guy

Teacher's Aide,
Sing for Hope YAA Lab

Regina Morgan

Music Teacher,
Sing for Hope YAA Lab

Kat Rodriguez

Head of Instrumental Music, Sing for Hope YAA Lab

Veronica Stern

Teacher's Aide, Sing for Hope YAA Lab

Errol Thomas

Teacher's Aide, Sing for Hope YAA Lab

Shirazette Tinnin

Percussion Teacher, Sing for Hope YAA Lab

Steven Vilsaint

Dance Teacher, Sing for Hope YAA Lab

Patrick Connolly

Open Arts Manager

Victoria Paterson

Healing Arts Project Leader

Harrison Clark

2021 Americans for the Arts Diversity in Arts Leadership Intern

Annual Reports & Financials

Sing for Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN 01-0856384).

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THE SING FOR HOPE FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE

  • The International Foundation for Arts and Culture
    (Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Chairman, Sing for Hope Global Patron)
  • The Arnhold Foundation in loving memory of Sissy and Henry Arnhold
  • The Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation
  • The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation
  • Ann Ziff
Sing for Hope is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

Unitex is a founding sponsor of Open Arts

Sing for Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN 01-0856384). A copy of our most recently filed financial report is available from the Charities Registry on the New York State Attorney General’s website (www.charitiesnys.com) or, upon request, by contacting the New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or Sing for Hope at 99 Wall Street #1812, New York, NY 10005. You also may obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at www.charitiesnys.com or (212) 416-8401.

Our mission is “art for all” – we actively engage those with special physical or intellectual needs. Both our office and our SFH Pianos Studio at 28 Liberty are ADA compliant, as are our partner sites.

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