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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, 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!

Charity EIN# 45-5216562 

Check out our past movers & shakers, music mercenaries, supporters & volunteers here:  MMMF 2012-2016 Supporters  Join us!

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!

MMMF Campaign Video


NEW WAY TO SUPPORT MMMF!  START A FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER!  TRY IT! https://www.facebook.com/donate/1148615981921401/

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NEWS & EVENTS:

Huge props to these kids for rocking their hearts out today for their musician neighbors in S.E. Texas hit by Hurricane Harvey. They raised $600 in just a few hours at our ROCK FOR RELIEF benefit show at Band Aid School of Music in Austin! Thank you to all who supported, volunteered, donated – and best of all, helped them prove that they can make a difference with music!

We made the news!!! Thank you to KVUE / ABC Austin for covering the ROCK FOR RELIEF benefit concert today at Band Aid!  http://www.kvue.com/mobile/article/news/local/aspiring-rock-stars-raise-funds-to-benefit-musicians-recovering-from-harvey/269-480004667

MMMF Band Aid Harvey Benefit 10.1.17 press release

MMMF & Band Aid – Rock for Relief FB Event Page


Thank you to everyone who came out to the Grand Opening of the Band Aid School of Music’s expansion event in South Austin on April 30th!  The school’s student and staff bands packed the house and killed it!  The newly expanded space is top-notch and will be home to many more students!  Shoutout to Austin Land & Cattle for feeding everyone’s faces!  And huge gratitude goes out to our silent auction donors and our top bidders!  Together we raised over $400 to go into the Band Aid/ MMMF music scholarship fund for kids in need!

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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!

IMG_0323pic: Band Aid student Casey, Band Aid Director James Mays, MMMF Director Julie Frost, and MMMF volunteer Hudson

Photos from the MMMF / Band Aid School of Music benefit concert

MMMF’s photos from Band Aid benefit concert 2.19.17

MMMF Newsletter

Press release: mmmf-basom-benefit-2-19-17-pr

Thank you to the face of the Foundation, Hudson, who did his part by contributing a Who song with BASOM band coaches Andy Tenberg and Zach Gunn, and special guest Kevin McKinney!  You can check out full setlists from all the bands from our awesome videographer here: Chris Green Productions

Campaign Update

Campaign Update 9/20/17:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As we enter into our 5th 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 seven benefit concerts:  a tribute to The Who “WHOotenanny” (Austin 2012), “Okie Folkies & Freaks” in (OKC 2013), a “Tribute to Monterey Pop” (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), 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), and most recently, a partnered effort with Band Aid School of Music that raised funds for music scholarships for disadvantaged kids, special needs training for instructors, and music therapy workshops (Austin 2017).  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 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 – but unfortunately Texas did not pass a similar bill that was up in the 2017 session.  The new national administration is looking to slash Arts funding completely, and more Medicaid cuts are about to make a desperate situation even worse for those seeking therapy and rehab.

So as we continue in our mission to fill the gaps where music education and therapy is needed, we ask for your continued support.  If you are a believer in the healing powers of music and its social mobilization in our community, 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

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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.

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WHAT IS THE MUSIC MOVES MOUNTAINS FOUNDATION?

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.

OUR PROGRAMS:

“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.

SERVICES:

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

(c) 2012 Music Moves Mountains Foundation

Music Moves Mountains Foundation