Sing for Hope Invites New Yorkers to Tickle the Ivories

by Emily Abramovici Photographed by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Sing for Hope
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New York City’s public pianos are back! Hand-painted Sing for Hope pianos will be stationed across the five boroughs for the public to visit, play and enjoy from June 9 through June 19. The non-profit organization founded by opera singers Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora aims to bring the power of art to those who need it most.

The 50 pianos are located throughout the five boroughs, including Central Park, Madison Square Park, Lincoln Center, Herald Square, Hudson River Park: 14th Street, Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Alongside the project is an app created to help maximize New Yorker’s usage interaction with the public pianos. Inside the app, each piano has its own page with details on its location, artist biography and information on the unique design. The app also allows users to create “pop-up concerts” on separate pianos, alert friends and take part in music related contests.

After public installation, the pianos will be placed in various New York City schools where they will benefit an estimated 15,000 students. A crowd funded campaign is currently aiming to raise $25,000 to cover the transportation, insurance, tuning and coordination costs associated with moving the pianos throughout New York City. The campaign is running through June 19 at

Similar to past years, various celebrities and artists are contributing their time, talent and funds to keep the project thriving. Country singer Jessie James Decker and husband Eric Decker of the New York Jets are behind hefty donations toward the fund. Singers Nathan Sykes and Greyson Chance have also donated their time and money to the organization. Popular designers and artists who are also involved in assisting with the Sing for Hope Pianos include Kate Spade, Diane Von Furstenberg, Issac Mizrahi, John Varvatos, Julian Schnabel and Scott Taylor

The 2016 Sing for Hope Pianos are made possible by Fosun International and 28 Liberty, as well as Sing for Hope’s Founders Circle.

All photos courtesy


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