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 and education more available. 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!
Join us on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 2-5pm at the One-2-One bar in Austin, TX for an all-ages benefit concert featuring student showcases from the Band Aid School of Music and special guests Dan Dyer & Kevin McKinney!
As we celebrate 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 therapeutic musical opportunities and education 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 went through a few changes this past year and will update our mission soon to correspond with the passing of a new Legislative bill in Oklahoma that now supports music therapy as a state Board-certified medical practice. The Foundation is currently focusing on ways to streamline its mission better, make more connections and research new avenues for growth. We also have an office in Austin, Texas now and hope to reach out more to central Texas as well.
So as we continue in our mission, 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 inviting him onstage to play during sound check. 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 free or affordable services to those in need of music therapy, music education, and community outreach.
Whom It Will Serve: Children, adults, and seniors suffering mental, emotional, or physical illnesses, developmental disabilities or disorders, depression or loss, trauma or stress. It will also provide the community a resource to educate, empower, and support its underserved and at-risk citizens in need while employing local musicians, music teachers, and music therapists.
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.
Examples of Services:
Music therapy by a Board certified MT for an individual, hospital ward, or group
A performance or music access at a nursing home, V.A. center, or hospice center
Musical mentors and workshops for at-risk or recovering individuals
Musical outreach and education in public schools and community
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
“All Abilities Rock” – Adaptive music workshops, education, mentorship, and sensory-friendly concerts for children and adults with disabilities or special needs
“Play It Forward” – A cooperative effort using donated musical instruments and lessons to low-income or at-risk individuals who commit, in return, to donate their time and talent to the next candidate
“Feeding The Soul” – A series of musical performances at hospitals, nursing homes, VA Centers, rehabilitative centers, and hospice care