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Helping people face, navigate, and overcome life's challenges using clinically based practices of music therapy and expressive arts therapy.

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Check out this amazing Tedx Talk given by our very own Tom Sweitzer. Tom talks about his own journey through his childhood all the way to co-founding A Place To Be and how music has the ability to make anyone feel big on earth. 



The Same Sky Project continues

Since the success of the Rock Musical, A WILL To Survive, A Place To Be has created a new intimate and interactive presentation for schools and organizations that would like to focus on suicide prevention, the environment of teens today, and hope. 

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Community News


NBC 4 News Feature on Forrest Allen and Tom Sweitzer

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Loudoun Times Mirror Feature on 

With the help of the production team of "Music Got Me Here", Tom and Forrest's journey continues to inspire others with the power of perseverance, faith, and family. Check out some of the news outlets covering their incredible story. Be sure to visit the official "Music Got Me Here" website below to stay updated on the film!


Featured at The Kennedy Center

A Place To Be was honored to be a part of this unique scientific and musical weekend at the Kennedy Center. The Symposium, as a part of The Venue's "Sound Health: Music and the Mind" initiative, featured several presentations by world renowned Health Professionals and Music Performers alike, including the Director of the NIH Francis Collins and Soprano Renee Fleming. Our very own Tom Sweitzer, along with Forrest Allen and our Stroke Choir were invited to participate in the weekend's events to provide valuable insight into the world of Therapy and recovery through music.



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A Place to Be is supported and made possible by the following grants and partners: (2016-2017)

All professional photography by Sharon Hallman

Programming Icons by Caroline Elgin