The power of music can change lives. Let’s use it to help those in need by giving hope, health, and happiness through the healing art of music.
Please join us however you can in making music therapy, education, and community outreach more accessible. Donate $, instruments, musical equipment, an item to auction, an in-kind service, sponsor an event, or volunteer! Every little bit helps!
Thank you to The Who and Pete Townshend for your gift of a song “Join Together” for our campaign video! Here is the face and inspiration behind the Foundation, and one of the biggest Who fans of all time!
At our partnered benefit concert on February 19th, 2017 in Austin, we were able to raise $2000 for the Band Aid School of Music’s scholarship fund for students of all abilities! Thanks to Band Aid’s student rock bands and staff, our special guests Kevin McKinney and Dan Dyer, our sponsors The Austin Chronicle and Austin Land & Cattle, the One-2-One Bar, all of our auction item donors, supporters, volunteers, friends, family, and movers and shakers, we are now able to make more opportunities for those in need of music! Check out the incredible work they are doing at Band Aid School of Music . We are just getting started, so help us spread the word that we need continued support! Become a donor or sponsor, or match a donation today!
top pic: Band Aid student and MMMF rep Hudson with Band Aid owner/instructor James Mays
bottom pic: Band Aid student Casey, James Mays, MMMF Director Julie Frost, and Hudson
As we continue our fourth year operating as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, we want to thank all of you who have helped in the journey of making music therapy, education, and community outreach available to those in need. We’ve garnered support from all over the globe (including The Who/Pete Townshend, Lou Adler/Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation, Eric Burdon, and The Joe Strummer Foundation in the UK), as well as from national and regional supporters to help reach our goals. We’ve hosted six benefit concerts, a “WHOotenanny” in (Austin 2012), “Okie Folkies & Freaks” in (OKC 2013), a “Tribute to Monterey Pop” in (Austin 2013), a special benefit in support of the documentary Alive Inside and for local music programs for Alzheimer’s sufferers (OKC 2014), a partnered effort with The Joe Strummer Foundation that raised funds for a special needs music scholarship (Austin 2014), and a production by students at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM@UCO) to help raise awareness and regional funding for music therapy that coincided with the Southwest American Music Therapy Association’s annual conference (OKC 2015). We have donated over $8,000 worth of instruments and gear to individuals, schools, therapists, special needs educators, and organizations as well as helped with music scholarships to the underserved and special populations. We have hosted many sensory friendly concerts and workshops, music therapy awareness events and adaptive music education classes free to the public. At the end of 2016, we celebrated the new Legislative bill in Oklahoma that now supports music therapy as a state Board-certified medical practice and are crossing our fingers that Texas will pass the one that is being considered in 2017. Our next benefit concert is coming up on February 19th in Austin and will be a partnered effort with Band Aid School of Music to raise funds for music scholarships for disadvantaged kids, special needs training for instructors, music equipment and music therapy workshops.
So as we continue in our mission in filling the gaps where music is needed, we ask for your continued support. If you are a believer in the healing powers of music, please join us however you can by attending an event, donating funds, becoming a sponsor, offering in-kind support, becoming a volunteer, or simply by helping spread our message and becoming an advocate. Let’s go move some more mountains!
Much love and gratitude,
Julie Frost, Founder & Director
Special Note of Inspiration:
When the Foundation launched in 2012, we reached out to The Who for support in our campaign video for the use of their song “Join Together” as our anthem, and they did not hesitate to donate the rights and get behind us. This song was chosen by my son, who is the inspiration behind the Foundation and is an obsessive fan of The Who. It all came full circle when we had the chance to meet them and thank them personally – and then get to sing the very song “Join Together” with thousands of people at their concert. The guys were very gracious knowing my son’s challenges and focused on his ability by inviting him onstage to play during sound check (which they allowed due to his sensory issues and anxiety in case he couldn’t make it through the concert). The band, their management and staff understand the power of music and were very supportive in giving him this opportunity. It was a moving experience we’ll never forget and it gives us continued inspiration to keep pushing towards our goal to help others.
MOTTO: The power of music can change lives. Let’s use it to help those in need by giving hope, health, and happiness through the healing art of music.
MISSION STATEMENT: Music Moves Mountains Foundation is a perpetual series of projects, programs, and services utilizing the scientifically-proven powers of music to change and improve the quality of lives. The Foundation is established as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that uses tax-deductible donations to facilitate these efforts. Our goal is to offer better access to those in need of music therapy, education, and community outreach.
WE SERVE: Children, adults, and seniors suffering mental, emotional, or physical illnesses, developmental disabilities or disorders, depression or loss, trauma or stress, as well as underserved and at-risk communities and schools. We also offer opportunities to partner with musicians, music educators, music therapists, counselors and other organizations.
“All Abilities Rock” – Community music workshops, adaptive music education/mentorship, and sensory-friendly concerts for children and adults with disabilities or special needs
“Play It Forward” – A cooperative effort to offer donated musical instruments, music scholarships, and mentorship to low-income or at-risk individuals who commit, in return, to donate their time and talent to someone in need
“Feeding The Soul” – A series of musical performances and engagement at hospitals, nursing homes, memory care, VA Centers, rehabilitative centers, hospice care, homeless shelters, etc.
Contractual music therapy sessions from a Board-certified Music Therapist
REACH: Based in Central Oklahoma and Texas, the Foundation will begin regionally, but hopes to maximize access and growth nationally with the support of patrons, sponsors, and giving-institutions. Priority will be given to underserved/special needs individuals and communities based on availability of funds.
Proven Results Include:
Recovery and development of speech, memory, and mind/body coordination for victims of stroke, brain injuries, amnesia, Tourette’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
Relief and healing progression for Cancer and life altering diseases
Improved communication, regulation, and behavioral skills for Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome/ADD/ADHD/Sensory Processing Disorder /Down’s Syndrome/Developmental Challenges
Restored purpose, hope, strength, connection, and discipline to those fighting physical or substance abuse, depression, trauma, stress, grief, anxiety, or low self-esteem
Repaired speech, attention, sensory, and equilibrium impairments, or rhythmic balance for seizure sufferers