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 blessing and the gift of a song for our campaign video! Here is the face and inspiration behind the Foundation, and one of the biggest Who fans of all time!
3.28.15 – Wow what a night last night! Hats off to our mighty captain Scott Keeton and his students at ACM@UCO for organizing a super successful benefit concert for MMMF at the Blue Door in OKC. And thank you once again to Greg Johnson and the Blue Door crew for hosting and always supporting our cause. Shout out to our in-kind donors who filled our bellies and spirits: Earl’s Rib Palace and Mustang Brewery, and to our volunteers James Reynolds and Kenzie Sublett. To all the local performers who gave their time and talent: Brauk Brashear, Ben Brock, Josh Qualls, Jade Castle, Jake Adams McGehee, Chelsey Cope, North Meets South, and The Indigos. Thank you to local music therapists Suzy Heppel and Jennifer Voss for bringing in the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association conference participants, including the President Elect of the American Music Therapy Association – Jennifer Geiger, to be a part of this special night. And most of all, to all our supporters who came out and donated in order to help make music therapy available to those in need, we are so incredibly grateful for you. And special thanks to my folks, who always go the extra mile to help with our efforts – and last but not least, to the inspiration and face behind the Foundation, my son Hudson, for proving to me every day that this is all worth it. It takes a village to make change, and together we are moving mountains. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” You are all my heroes! Much love, Julie
As we approach our third year operating as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, we want to thank all of you who helped in the journey of making music therapy 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, and The Joe Strummer Foundation in the UK), as well as joined efforts from regional folks and sponsors to help reach our goals. We’ve hosted five 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), and a partnered effort with Strummerville (The Joe Strummer Foundation) raising funds for a special needs music scholarship (Austin 2014). We are about to host our sixth event on Friday, March 27th at the Blue Door which will coincide with the Southwest American Music Therapy Association’s annual conference in OKC this month. Students at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM@UCO) have been organizing a local line-up of rising stars to help raise awareness and regional funding for music therapy.
I remain strong in my belief that music can help move any mountain in your way. I witness the power everyday in my own son’s life, who is the inspiration behind the Foundation, as well as in my own. And what I have seen as the result of our efforts in making those same powers available to those in need is nothing but miraculous. 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
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, 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. 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 68 children are diagnosed) among other disorders and issues. 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
“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