About Music Mobile - Accomplishments & Recognitions



  • Music Mobile begins its 30th year as a community-based not-for-profit organization and commences the celebration of its impact as an educational and cultural institution.

  • Metroland proclaims Music Mobile founder Ruth Pelham 2005 “Local Hero” for furthering the principles of peace.

  • Music Mobile’s director, Ruth Pelham, visits Sri Lanka to observe the eight tsunami relief projects that she and Music Mobile helped coordinate with the Friends of Sri Lanka Fund that raised $94,430. 


  • Mayor Merry Jennings proclaimed August 11 as “Music Mobile and Friends of Sri Lanka Day” in Albany.









  • Music Mobile collaborated with the Friends of Sri Lanka Fund to help them carry out tsunami relief projects including 100 fishing boats, 125 fishing nets, 500 cooking stoves, 4000 undergarments, a school playground, and more.


  • Ruth Pelham is awarded the “Artists Peace Award” by Hudson Valley Community College of New York for working to build peace in the world through her music and community arts initiatives.

  • In order to help a local Sri Lankan friend visit his family in Sri Lanka after the devastating December tsunami, Music Mobile’s founder began the Friends of Sri Lanka Fund which eventually supported eight tsunami relief projects.


  • Mayor Jerry Jennings proclaims August 28th "Ruth Pelham Day" in the City of Albany in recognition of her 25 years of public service through community arts.
  • Albany County Executive Michael Breslin issues a proclamation honoring Ruth Pelham on the occasion of Music Mobile's 25th Anniversary.
  • The New York State Assembly issues a citation celebrating Music Mobile's 25th Anniversary.
  • Music Mobile's founder Ruth Pelham goes to Sri Lanka as a guest of the peacemaking organization Sarvodaya to participate in a Children's Peace and Understanding Project.  


  • In March, Music Mobile's director Ruth Pelham was honored with the prestigious "Four Chaplains Brotherhood Award" by the Albany Post #105, Jewish War Veterans and in memory of four chaplains who sacrificed their lives during WWII. The award is given annually to an individual who exemplifies the principles of compassion and humanity.


  • Music Mobile’s Director Ruth Pelham is awarded a “20th Century Women of Excellence” Award from the Women’s Business Council of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce


  • Mayor Jerry Jennings proclaimed June 8th “Ruth Pelham Day” in the City of Albany
  • Ruth Pelham is named “Woman of the Year” by the Greater Capital Region Business & Professional Women’s Club for her ongoing work with Music Mobile
  • The State of New York Legislature and Assembly pass resolutions honoring Ruth Pelham in conjunction with her “Woman of the Year” Award (see above)
  • Ruth Pelham is the recipient of the Albany Agency Executives Association “Peer Recognition Award” as part of the Community Builder Awards sponsored by the Council of Community Services
  • Ruth Pelham received the “Creativity In Action: Making A Difference Award” at the 14th Annual International Conference on the Positive Power of Humor & Creativity held in Saratoga, NY


  • Music Mobile and WMHT Educational Telecommunications co-produced a half hour documentary, “Music Mobile: The Beat Of The Street” about Music Mobile’s longtime work in Albany’s neighborhoods, which was aired on WMHT and WMHQ public television
  • Ruth Pelham is awarded a 1997 Albany-Schenectady League of Arts Award “for outstanding contributions to the Capital Region’s arts community through creation, presentation, and support of the arts”
  • Ruth Pelham is inducted into the Capital Area Music Association (CAMA) Hall of Fame in recognition of “achievements in music and contributions to the cultural quality of the Capital Region”
  • Music Mobile is awarded the Mayor’s Annual Community Development Award in the category of Youth Services/Education “in recognition of outstanding performance and dedication exhibited in a community development sponsored program”
  • Ruth Pelham is featured in an in-depth interview in the Winter, 1997 issue of Pass It On! the Journal of the Children’s Music Network


  • Ruth Pelham is selected as a 1996 “Local Hero” in the December 12 issue of Metroland
  • Full color photographs of Ruth Pelham and children attending a Music Mobile program are featured on the front cover of the July 10 Times Union
  • Music Mobile publishes “Musicraft: Fun-Filled Instrument-Building And Music-Making Activities” featuring step by step instructions and photographs for building musical instruments from recycled materials as well as accompanying songs, chants, raps, and games
  • Ruth Pelham is selected as a “Making Waves” Award recipient presented by the Albany Area Chapter of the National Organization for Women
  • Ruth Pelham is selected as an “Everyday Hero” by WTEN-TV and featured in their half-hour documentary “Children First: Everyday Heroes”
  • Ruth Pelham is honored by the Albany City Council PTA for “outstanding achievements on behalf of children” and received a State Honorary Life Membership Award


  • Music Mobile is featured in WRGB-TV’s week-long news series “Making A Difference: Arts-In-Education”
  • Ruth Pelham is author of a chapter in Open Ears: Musical Adventures for a New Generation along with Pete Seeger, Phoebe Snow, Paul McCartney, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, Bill Harley, Sally Rogers, and others
  • Music Mobile launched the “Children’s Songwriting and Self-Esteem Project” at several Albany Housing sites which included a songwriting and recording program, and a parent education component
  • Music Mobile, in coordination with Garber/Pelham Productions and the Havasupai Tribe, produced “Voices Of The Canyon,” a cassette tape of songs and stories by children of the Havasupai Tribe


  • Music Mobile conducted the first ever creative arts and leadership training program for City of Albany Dept. of Parks and Recreation staff, and published a comprehensive training book for over 100 staff


  • Ruth Pelham is the recipient of the Albany Social Justice Center’s Peace and Justice Award (only two time recipient in the history of the award)
  • Fall issues of Teaching Tolerance magazine, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Mothering magazine, with a combined circulation of over a half million readers, recommended Ruth Pelham’s recording for children, “Under One Sky” as a multicultural resource
  • Spring issue of Sing Out! Magazine, a national folk music magazine, featured an article about Music Mobile’s street-based programs and songwriting projects with the Havasupai Tribe


  • National Public Radio’s, “The Environment Show,” presented a 1/2 hour documentary (aired on eighty stations nationwide) co-anchored by Ruth Pelham depicting the Havasupai Tribe’s struggle to stop a uranium mine threatening their sacred land at the bottom of the Grand Canyon


  • Music Mobile featured on WTEN-TV “World of Difference” series


  • February issue of Parents magazine recommended Ruth Pelham’s recording for children, “Under One Sky” as one of the “best parent resources”


  • August is proclaimed as “Music Mobile U.S. - U.S.S.R. Friendship Month” in the City of Albany by Mayor Thomas Whalen
  • Ruth Pelham toured five cities in the former Soviet Union as part of the music and arts cultural exchange project, “Children Are The Future”


  • Ruth Pelham received Albany YWCA’s “Tribute to Women” Award


  • May is proclaimed as “Music Mobile Month” in the City of Albany by Mayor Erastus Corning
  • Nationally syndicated television show “You Asked for It” featured a segment about Music Mobile’s programs for children, elderly, and disabled people