What We Do

Songwriting Works™ creates life-affirming musical experiences by bringing professional songwriters and elders, youth and families–diverse in culture, economic circumstances, and physical, cognitive and emotional capacities–together in transformational collaborations. Our programs and trainings are based on research-vetted methods and the understanding that all people are naturally intelligent, musical, and cooperative, and that making music can profoundly restore joy, hope, health and community for all.

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I am convinced that Songwriting Works has helped stave off depression in individuals who are at very high risk.”

-Jay S. Luxenberg, M.D., Director of Medicine, OnLok, speaking of his experience while Medical Director at the Jewish Home San Francisco

2017-06-27T17:18:18+00:00

-Jay S. Luxenberg, M.D., Director of Medicine, OnLok, speaking of his experience while Medical Director at the Jewish Home San Francisco

“I am convinced that Songwriting Works has helped stave off depression in individuals who are at very high risk.”
My work with Judith-Kate Friedman is one of the highlights of my thirty years as rabbi. I consider it a turning point in my work with Jewish elders.

-Rabbi Sheldon Marder, Chaplain, Jewish Home San Francisco

2017-06-27T17:20:05+00:00

-Rabbi Sheldon Marder, Chaplain, Jewish Home San Francisco

“My work with Judith-Kate Friedman is one of the highlights of my thirty years as rabbi. I consider it a turning point in my work with Jewish elders.”
Judith-Kate Friedman has never failed to amaze me in the incredible work she does with Songwriting Works. Without question, she would be an excellent choice to support creative aging programs nationally.”

-Gloria Cavanaugh, Former President and CEO, American Society on Aging; President, Gloria Cavanaugh Consulting

2017-06-27T17:25:52+00:00

-Gloria Cavanaugh, Former President and CEO, American Society on Aging; President, Gloria Cavanaugh Consulting

“Judith-Kate Friedman has never failed to amaze me in the incredible work she does with Songwriting Works. Without question, she would be an excellent choice to support creative aging programs nationally.”
Your beautiful performance and songs brought alive the importance and magnitude of what friendship and personal caring attention can do for the elderly, as well as capturing the heartsong of our organization’s mission and purpose.

-Judith Merrin, Executive Director, Love is the Answer (LITA)

2017-06-27T17:26:42+00:00

-Judith Merrin, Executive Director, Love is the Answer (LITA)

“Your beautiful performance and songs brought alive the importance and magnitude of what friendship and personal caring attention can do for the elderly, as well as capturing the heartsong of our organization’s mission and purpose.”

Now booking Summer 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018Songwriting Works’ “Life’s a Song” Ensemble is as a “supergroup” of award-winning singer-songwriters united in their mission to heal through music and compose songs with entire communities.

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