Music Therapy: Hands That Rock

February 08, 2016 - By: Sarah Hovis

 Providence, Rhode Island is home to prestigious schools like the
Rhode Island School of Design and
Brown University. So, it’s probably not the first place you’d think someone connected to the music industry would be, but that’s exactly where you’ll find former Discovery Channel producer (and Rhode Islander) Darcy Lynch and her company, 
Stage Hands Massage Therapy, Inc. Started 10 years ago, Stage Hands provides onsite massage therapy to musicians such as Aerosmith, Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz, Kanye West, and many more. If Darcy’s last name sounds familiar, that’s because her dad, Ron Lynch played keyboards and saxophone for the group The Cascades, who had the international hit song
“Rhythm of the Rain” in the 60s. But it’s Darcy’s desire to help others that led her to start the innovative and unique 501c3
Hands that Rock, whose tag line is: ‘Hands that Rock, Hands that Help.’ And they do just that by using a global network of massage therapists to bring music to under served communities by providing chair massages for audiences at major concerts and events. For a small fee, patrons receive a massage with a portion of the net proceeds donated to music programs with connection to local music outreach organizations. Some of their top sponsors include
Pandora®,
Tretorn, and
Avion. With this model, Hands That Rock has been involved in some of the largest and most successful festivals and events, including
SXSW,
Vans Warped Tour, and the
Sundance Film Festival, to name a few. Hands that Rock services can also can be hired by corporations to benefit a specific charity. See what other charities Hands that Rock have supported
here. Tell us in the comments what you think of the Hands that Rock charity model. Photo via:
Mother's Circle