The Alzheimer’s Association wanted to leverage the universal love and connectivity of music to reach new audiences, drive awareness and concern for Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, and engage the public in conversation in order to advance the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. Storytelling is instrumental in giving those who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s a voice, raising concern and awareness of the disease, and ultimately, increasing research funding and engaging people in the cause.
Alzheimer’s is one of the biggest global health crises of our time. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease - by 2050, this number is expected to rise to nearly 14 million. “Music Moments” is a multi-genre collection of powerful performances and heartfelt storytelling, created to champion the fight for a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. This campaign honors the personal and emotional connection between music and life’s most important moments we never want to lose.
We wanted to tap into the power of music and storytelling to spark conversation and raise awareness of a disease that too often is not discussed because of stigma. With a limited budget, we needed something that would generate earned media and household conversation (bringing in influential, diverse voices, having award-winning artists and song selections) to drive awareness and concern for Alzheimer’s disease beyond our established audience.
We also needed a strong creative vision that would resonate with talent and lend itself to a video concept worth viewing and sharing across platforms. To increase reach, we needed 10 very different artists, diverse in genre and fan base demographics, and in their personal stories.
The end result: a free album available on all major streaming platforms. Made in collaboration with Grammy-awarding winning executive producer, Randall Poster, and featuring award-winning artists such as Sting, Brett Eldredge, Anthony Hamilton, Lee Ann Womack, Nile Rodgers, Joan Jett, The Head and The Heart, and more. In addition to their song, each artist recorded a video sharing the very personal story behind their song choice woven together with their reason for raising Alzheimer’s awareness and behind-the-scenes recording footage.
We created organic and paid strategies to efficiently drive listeners to the album and it’s artist’s unique stories through multiple platforms, including Youtube, display networks, Triple Lift, Spotify, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Despite the global pandemic, “Music Moments” successfully released on the targeted date of March 13, 2020. The multi-artist, multi-genre album had an overwhelmingly positive reception, with earned media coverage across widely read publications including from Rolling Stone and to People Magazine, over 1 billion impressions, 3.5 million+ video views, hashtag Twitter trend and custom emoji at launch, as well as engagement from all ten artists and amplification from celebrities organically inspired by not involved in the project.
Once launched, “Music Moments” became a shareable movement, with artists and songs inspiring and encouraging listeners to share their own stories and music memories. Similar to the album artists who shared their stories, listeners were moved to reflect, share, and ultimately find connections amidst their experiences with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The remarkable stories unveiled by these artists were instrumental in not only raising awareness of Alzheimer’s, but showing listeners that they are not alone in this fight. As the world began to react to the global pandemic, Music Moments resonated with audiences around the world yearning for connection and positivity in the midst of the confusion and uncertainty around COVID-19. This project provided listeners with something authentically meaningful, personal, and hopeful to rally around.