The Lullaby Project pairs pregnant women and new mothers and fathers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding childhood development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In New York City, the project reaches parents in healthcare settings, homeless shelters, high schools, foster care, and correctional facilities. Extending across the country and around the world, the Lullaby Project enables partner organizations to support families in their own communities.
The Lullaby Project offers free resources for families with babies and toddlers. Explore our collection of activities, videos, playlists, and more.
Ages: Caregivers and Babies
Available for Families and Partners: NYC, Nationally, and Internationally
Partnership Opportunities: Nonprofit Organizations, City Agencies, Teaching Artists, and Community Organizations
Season: School Year
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Album Release: Hopes & Dreams
In April 2018, Decca Gold (Universal Music Group) released an album of original lullabies written by Lullaby Project participants and performed by leading artists, including Fiona Apple, the Brentano String Quartet, Lawrence Brownlee, Rosanne Cash, Joyce DiDonato, Janice Freeman, Rhiannon Giddens, Angélique Kidjo, Patti LuPone, Natalie Merchant, Dianne Reeves, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pretty Yende, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The recording was produced by Glen Roven, Ira Yuspeh, and Mitch Yuspeh. The album is available from the Carnegie Hall Shop and other online retailers.
Lullaby Project Online Sessions
In an online, one-on-one session, new parents will write and sing personal lullabies for their babies under the guidance of a professional musician. This extension of the Lullaby Project is free and open to the public.
Please note that completion of the application does not guarantee acceptance in the program. Capacity is very limited, and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Application Available: October 11
Application Deadline: December 19
Research and Evaluation
As part of a commitment to sharing knowledge and new findings, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute commissions and participates in exploratory papers and research on its programs.
Through national and international partnerships, the Lullaby Project supports families across the country and around the world. Partners receive support from Carnegie Hall as they adapt the program to best suit the needs of their communities. Discover our current roster of national and international partners.
Are you interested in becoming a Lullaby Project partner? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lead support for Lullaby Project is provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari, The ELMA Music Foundation (U.S.), William Penn Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
Major funding is provided by Ameriprise Financial, MetLife Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
Additional support has been provided by JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation and Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation.
Public support has been provided by the NYC Health+Hospitals Arts in Medicine Department, with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and the Department of Correction in partnership with the Office of the Manhattan Borough President.
The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.