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Music Moves Mountains Foundation

Music Moves Mountains Foundation

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!

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MMMF Sensory friendly dance party 5.24.14

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December 31, 2013   A huge thank you to all of you who supported us throughout the past year!  Look how many there were of you! MMMF 2012-2013 Supporters

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December 15, 2013   We’re collecting instruments and music gear again to build up our musical bank for next year.  OKC/Norman area, drop-off at Sonder Music www.sondermusic.com.  For other areas, we can arrange for pick-up or shipping.

MMMF Instrument Drive

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November 18, 2013   Press release announcing call for volunteers for our “Feeding the Soul” music series PR – MMMF’s Feeding the Soul music series OK_TX

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September 30, 2013   Press release announcing our next benefit concert – A Tribute to the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival on November 24th in Austin, TX!  PR – MMMF Benefit 11.24.13 Tribute to Monterey Pop

More details here:  http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=84bea52e1bad9323f11c40ade&id=b503130e68&e=242f12e656

Thank you again to Lou Adler and the Monterey Int’l Pop Fest Foundation for your generous donation to MMMF on behalf of the musicians who played this beautiful charity event back in 1967!  Check out legendary musician, artist, and writer Jesse Sublett’s blog on the event http://www.jessesublett.com/2013/11/10/monterey-pop-when-rock-stars-were-messiahs/

Thank you to photographer Dave Mead www.davemead.com for capturing the energy and fun from the night! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.452306464881344.1073741828.119185688193425&type=1

Watch a recap of the evening!  Donate $15 or more and we’ll send you a gift of 10 downloads of these highlighted songs from the evening!

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September 15, 2013  Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday for our “All Abilities Rock” sensory-friendly show with ALEGRIA REAL! And thank you to the incredibly talented Christina Audas and Armando Rivera who took us on a worldly journey of sounds and rhythms that were filled with wonder. What an amazing experience for these kids to be engaged and involved in the music hands on and showing the world how much they rock! Here’s a little recap of such a fun afternoon…

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August 10, 2013   We are so happy to announce our first recipient of the “Play It Forward” initiative, 8 year old Tony Underwood of Norman, OK. Tony suffers from Progressive Myoclonic Epilepsy and wants to play music but is limited in his options and resources. We were able to help get him started with piano lessons with Rebecca Martino (Masters in Music Ed, Piano Pedagogy) at Sonder Music. Thank you to Lauren Sonder and Rebecca Martino for helping make this happen, and most of all, a big thanks to our donors for helping move a mountain! Tony, you’re going to rock this world!

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July 31, 2013  I had the pleasure of delivering some brand new hand instruments to Music Therapist Jennifer Voss (and her sweet son Samuel) today.  She and her family lost their home in the May tornado in Moore, OK.  With the support of our wonderful donors, as far as Colorado and Washington, D.C., we were able to donate some tools of the trade to help get her back in action soon.  She is a valuable resource to our community and we need her!  We wish her the best of luck as she is expecting a new baby soon too!
Jennifer Voss, MT-BC

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DONATION ANNOUNCEMENT 6-10-2013!

WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO LOU ADLER AND THE MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL FOUNDATION FOR THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION TO OUR EFFORTS IN MAKING MUSIC MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THOSE IN NEED.  THEIR DONATION IS MADE ”ON BEHALF OF THE ARTISTS THAT APPEARED AT THE FEST AND TO FURTHER THE SPIRIT THAT BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER IN 1967….MUSIC AND LOVE.”  WE ARE HONORED TO BE IN THE COMPANY OF PAST RECIPIENTS SELECTED BY SOME OF THE ARTISTS WHO PARTICPATED IN THE CHARITY EVENT.   THIS HISTORICAL FESTIVAL THAT BROUGHT TOGETHER DIVERSE ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD (LIKE OTIS REDDING, RAVI SHANKAR, THE WHO, HUGH MASEKELA, MAMAS AND THE PAPAS, AND JIMI HENDRIX) WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN AMERICA AND MADE A HUGE IMPACT ON THE WORLD.  NOW ITS SPIRIT LIVES ON WITH US!  THANK YOU MIPFF FOR YOUR LOVE! http://montereyinternationalpopfestival.com/festival/

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Recent press on the Foundation:

MMMF Norman Transcript Etc. 3.15.13

http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/article-17438-tune-in.html 1.23.13

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Pick up the April 15, 2013 issue of This Land Press to see our ad!  Huge gratitude to these guys for their donation!  http://thislandpress.com/

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Watch a clip from our last sensory-friendly concert with Kyle Reid, as part of our All Abilities Rock program:

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Check out photos from our latest benefit concert “Okie Folkies & Freaks: Songs of Oklahoma” (thank you to JBN!)https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3ml9ar1f2wnvvj7/1ke4ZRy54g

Watch a recap of our latest benefit concert “Okie Folkies & Freaks: Songs of Oklahoma”:

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Watch a sample clip from one of our sensory-friendly music workshops for children with special needs:

WHOotenanny Benefit Concert 9.12.12

Thank you to everyone who helped make our first benefit concert a great success!   Check out our events page for details about the unforgettable night.

As a thank you to The Who for the gift of a song to the Foundation in our fundraising campaign video, we decided to honor them in our first fundraisng concert.  Here is a recap of the night WHOotenanny 2012!

MMMF gets the gift of a song for our campaign video!

Here is our promo video with the face of the Foundation and the inspiration behind it.  Thank you to The Who for giving us permission to use their song “Join Together” in our campaign and supporting us in our efforts!

Campaign Update

Campaign Update 9.5.13:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Here we are approaching the Fall of 2013 and I am so proud to say that we have made it through our first year thanks to all your support!  With your help, we launched the Foundation last Summer, and though we still have a long way to go to really fulfill our mission, we are already making a difference in our communities.  After getting business in order and establishing ourself as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, we kicked off some programs and services to test the waters.  The response has been overwhelming and I am constantly encouraged to fight even harder to make music and music therapy more accessible in people’s lives, especially for those suffering or dealing with challenges.
I want to give a special thanks to all of you who donated funds, time, talent, and in-kind contributions this past year.  We’ve garnered support from all over the globe (including The Who/Pete Townshend and Lou Adler/Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation), as well as joined efforts from regional folks and businesses to help reach our goals.  We’ve hosted two benefit concerts, a “WHOotenanny” in Austin and “Okie Folkies & Freaks” in Oklahoma City, and are in the planning stages of our next benefit, taking place in Austin in November (a tribute to Monterey Pop Fest).  We are also excited to be partnering with the Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music (Strummerville) on a new music “street” scholarship early next year.  Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
We are just getting started and the need is growing due to the lack of State support for music therapy as a medical practice and cuts in funding for public school music programs and special education resources.  Whether it be our children with disability or illness, a war veteran suffering PTS, a brain injury or stoke victim, an Alzheimer’s sufferer, a Cancer patient, a troubled teen, an underserved community…..music can be the medicine and the resource to change lives.  So to realize our dream - which is to provide access to those in need - we need continued support from the community.  Until we can qualify for most grants (at least another year), we depend solely on those who truly believe in the scientifically-proven powers of music to help and heal.  You can join us however you can by either donating funds, instruments, or time, becoming a sponsor, offering in-kind support, or simply by helping spread our message.  Let’s move some more mountains!
Much love and gratitude,
Julie Frost, Founder & Director

 

WHAT IS THE MUSIC MOVES MOUNTAINS FOUNDATION?

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, 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 artists, teachers, and 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 individuals and communities based on availability of funds.

Need:  In America, there is a lot of support in the Northeast and on the Westcoast for Music Therapy.  There is a vast gap in services and programs everywhere in between.  For example, as of 2013, Oklahoma and Texas in particular do not recognize Music Therapy for state board certification which is needed in order for local insurance companies to cover it. Oklahoma is also one of only seven states in the nation who does not require insurance companies to cover therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders (1 in 88 children are diagnosed) among other disorders. So, for many seeking Music Therapy for these types of issues, it can be too costly. Cuts in public funding for arts programs and special services in schools keep increasing, while healthcare costs go up. Even if some therapeutic efforts are covered by insurance, many are considered alternative and can be hard to qualify for. We want to fill that gap by making music more accessible for those in need.

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

Programs:

  • “All Abilities Rock” - Community music workshops, musical 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
  • “Song Power” - Songwriting workshops or mentorships for at-risk youth, war veterans, victims of violence, depression, addiction, disaster, and support groups of life-altering diseases
  • “Feeding The Soul” - A series of musical performances at hospitals, nursing homes, VA Centers, rehabilitative centers, and hospice care

WHY MUSIC AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? 

Music moves people in many ways – and I don’t just mean your body, I mean your mind, heart, and soul.  It heals, it strengthens, it unifies, it educates, it connects, it represents, it empowers, and it saves.  And greatest of all, it is natural.

Physiologically, music has a powerful effect.  Its energy instantly changes the biorhythm of neurons in the mind and body, organizing neurological impulses.  Music has been scientifically proven to increase endorphins and serotonin levels as well as decrease cortisol levels.  It slows down and balances brain waves, equilibrium, heart rate, and blood pressure.  It can elevate mood and control temperature and temperament.  It enhances learning ability, memory, immune systems, endurance, coping, motivation, and productivity.  It has been used as therapy for stroke and brain injury victims, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease sufferers, Epilepsy, Autism, developmental disabilities, and issues such as depression and grief.  Music, as a memory muscle, has been proven to trigger the development or recovery of language and its emotional significance.  Dr. Oliver Sacks (“Awakenings” and “Musicophelia: Tales of Music and the Brain”) reports that patients with neurological disorders who cannot talk or move are often able to sing, and sometimes even dance, to music.

Darwin wrote that music evolved as a social connection.  It seems to be a basic natural instinct at birth.  It has been used to document and preserve cultures and events in history.  It educates and creates understanding.  Music can connect the world with one song.  But more importantly, it has been used to make us better.  Ancient Egyptians believed that music could heal and purify souls.  Ancient Greeks believed it could heal bodies.  For centuries, music has been embraced as a means to heal the mentally ill.  Music therapy was officially adapted in modern times after WWI when V.A. hospitals noticed a substantial boost in spirit and recovery, both physically and emotionally, when music was present.  There is no doubt that the effects are powerful.

Speaking to the power of music, it is hands-down one of the greatest resources in life.  It is an art and a science.  It can transport one into an altered state of being.  Just a few notes of a song can immediately spark emotion and mood, and take you back to a specific moment in place and time.  It can calm the beast in all of us or it can fuel rage or angst.  It can allow us to release emotion and speak the unspoken.  It has been the voice of a generation and a synonymous chant of a movement.  It is a ceremonious tool to celebrate, grieve, and show appreciation.  It has served as a form of spiritual praise and worship and has transformed souls.  It has given meaning and substance to many.  It can bond people to one another regardless of differences.  It is a universal language that has no boundaries.  It can make you feel a part of something bigger than yourself.

Imagine how one song changed your life or got you through a tough time.  Think about how music has shaped your life and relationships.  Now consider how it has affected the rest of the world and the importance of its role in our survival.  Music is something we must preserve and nurture, but most of all, it is something we must continue to hold sacred and use in a positive way.  Let’s spread that power to give hope, health, and happiness to one another.

(c) 2012 Music Moves Mountains Foundation

Music Moves Mountains Foundation