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Stories Love Music began in 2012, right after Hurricane Sandy, we had an experience with senior citizens, who were displaced and living in shelters, that changed us as both humans and musicians and led us down the path to create STORIES LOVE MUSIC.

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Co-Founder & Music Director of Stories Love Music Composer

  • Sound designer
  • Producer
  • Contractor/Painter
  • Community activist

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Founder/Executive Director
Program Director of Stories Love Music


  • Award winning film producer (2011 HBO Best Documentary for Separate, But Equal)
  • Award winning audiobook narrator (Audie Award)
    Creative Engagement Coach
  • Adjunct Faculty of voice and public speaking at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Certification and Education

  • 2019-Present: Facilitation leader of Caregiver Workshops and Train the Trainer sessions for “The Joy of Creative Engagement Program“.
  • 2013-2018 Over 400 hours of fieldwork study of Stories Love Music conducted with staff and patients with dementia at both Cobble Hill Health Center’s Alzheimer’s unit and 80th Street Memory Residence in New York.
  • 2017 Attended Transforming the Landscape of Caregiving Conference given by Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and MAC Center.
  • 2015 -Received certification for Dementia Care Professional Care Giving Program at Alzheimer’s Association New York.
  • 2015- Attended The Institute for Music and Nuerologic Function’s 20th Anniversary Forum.
  • 2014- Attended a “Narratives in Medicine” Conference at Columbia University.

Keynotes and Presentations

  • 2019: Delivered Keynote at IHAS (In-Home-Aides) Conference in Ocean City, Md.
  • 2019: Delivered Keynote at Dementia Caregiver Conference in Easton, Maryland. 
  • 2021: Webinar Presentation for Maryland Department of Aging Caregiver Commission.
  • 2021: Webinar Presentation for DHS and Johns Hopkins’ Call to Care Program.
  • 2021: Ilyana Kadushin (Executive Director of Stories Love Music) presented at the Virtual Caregiver Conference sponsored by the Baltimore County Dept. Of Aging.
  • 2022: Maps Healthcare Professionals Conference in Delaware.
  • 2022: MAC’s 50th Anniversary Active Aging Expo
  • 2024: YES retreat for family caregivers
  • 2024: MCCACET Professional Development Conference at Chesapeake College
  • 2024: Baltimore County Department of Aging Luncheon
  • 2024: LifeSpan Network/ Leading Age Maryland National Memory Care Symposium
  • 2024: Johns Hopkins Resilience Grant funded a collaborative event for caregivers from Stories Love Music’s Ilyana Kadushin and James Harrell and Lego Serious Play facilitator, Loretta Veney Inspires.


  • Ilyana received this SHE-ro award for her work as Executive Director of Stories Love Music. 

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