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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 to those in need.  Donate $, instruments, musical equipment, an item to auction, an in-kind service, sponsor an event, become a sustained community member, donate via online partnered platforms or volunteer!  Every little bit helps and can make an impact!

Charity EIN# 45-5216562 

Special thank you to The Who and Pete Townshend for your gift of the song “Join Together” for our campaign video!  Here is the face and inspiration behind the Foundation and now one of our Movers and Shakers!

MMMF Campaign Video

 


 

NEWS & EVENTS:

We are so excited to announce that we were invited to participate in #ACLCARES at Austin City Limits Festival this year! So honored to be included with this group of amazing non-profit organizations who are all making a big difference in their communities. Be sure to come by our tent, say hello and learn about MMMF! https://www.aclfestival.com/cares/

 

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6.30.19

Thank you to Akin Francis and The Beatle Boys for their performances at the Austin History Center as part of our free All Abilities Rock sensory-friendly concert series!  And shout-out to KOOP’s DJ Rush Evans for supporting!

6.19.19

MMMF & The Beatle Boys in Studio1A on KUTX 98.9 Listen to our taping on Eklektikos KUTX 98.9 in Studio1A from Thursday, June 20th to hear The Beatle Boys play and us talk about their upcoming performance at our next sensory-friendly concert!  Thank you to John Aielli and all the KUTX staff for having us on! It was such an honor for the boys to play in Studio1A!

The Beatle Boys & MMMF in Studio1A on KUTX 98.9

6.2.19

Read our latest newsletter here: MMMF Newsletter 6.1.19

4.20.19

We had so much fun at our annual benefit / 1960’s music party in Austin to raise funds for music therapy and education!  If you missed it, you can watch some of the sets here in HD with a stereo mix thanks to Curt Ganem / www.prosceniumvisual.com !  Thank you to three generations of talented local musicians who made it happen!

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View photos of the benefit by Kim Yarbrough Photography here!

Check out concert Event Info

Huge thank you to The Who who graciously donated two limited edition vinyl box sets of their 1960’s singles in support of our benefit concert’s silent auction!  These were direct from their headquarters in London!

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4.13.19

For our last stop in the library series of sensory-friendly concerts this Spring, Michael Longoria and Jan Fleming from Grupo Massa brought some world rhythms and Forro to the Pleasant Hill branch and it was a blast!

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2.24.19

Larry Seaman, Lisa Gamache Rodriguez and Hector Munoz provided the jams at our second stop in our sensory-friendly concert library series! Thank you to Becky Rich-Wulfmeyer at the Yarborough branch for hosting us!

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1.19.19

Thank you to our musical mercenaries Katie, Jennifer, and Johannes for their beautiful performance today at our first stop in our sensory-friendly concert library series at the Twin Oaks branch in Austin!

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1.1.19

Much love to our movers and shakers for their recent instrument donations!  Guitars and gear from Steven Gerlofs and Temple Ray (from the management at the legendary Rupert Neve Designs) are being used to help our veterans at the VA in Temple, TX (with music therapist Abraham Ludwig) and to help underserved kiddos rock out through our Play It Forward initiative!  Yay!

 

Campaign Update

Campaign Update 6/1/19:

Dear movers & shakers,

As we celebrate our seventh 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.

In the past seven years, we’ve garnered support from all over the globe, including the use of the song “Join Together” from The Who/Pete Townshend for our campaign video, donations from Lou Adler and the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation, partnerships with The Joe Strummer Foundation, Martina McBride’s Team Music is Love, ACM@UCO, Band Aid School of Music, Sonder Music and SixTwelve, and received auction items from rock’n’roll icons Bob Gruen, Leon Russell, Eric Burdon and The Who.  We’ve hosted ten benefit concerts (as well as a special fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey victims) in Austin and Oklahoma City at partnered venues, the One-2-One Bar, Antone’s, the Continental Club, and the Blue Door, with some of the region’s most notable musicians.  We have received support from local businesses and artists such as the Brain Music Center of Austin, Strait Music Co., Antone’s Records, Waterloo Records, End of an Ear Records, ACL Live at Moody Theatre, Old Settler’s Music Festival, Austin Land & Cattle, Mustang Brewery, Earl’s Rib Palace, Alamo Drafthouse, Hotel St. Cecilia, Forward Foods, Amy’s Ice Cream, P. Terry’s, Crimson & Cream, Ralston Services, Dangerbird Management,  the LBJ Library & Museum, Kelly D Tees, Jesse Sublett, Tim Kerr, Keisha Register, Dave Mead, Judi Newberry, Matt Hildebrand, Chris Green, and Kim Yarbrough, as well as media sponsorships from the Austin Chronicle and This Land Press.   MMMF has been featured in the Oklahoma Gazette, the Norman Transcript, the Oklahoman, Oklahoma Today, KOKH/Fox News, Inside Austin podcast, CBS/KEYE We Are Austin, ABC/KVUE News, KLBJ 93.7, KOOP 91.7, and KUTX 98.9.   Together, we have donated over $8,000 worth of instruments and gear to individuals, schools, therapists, special needs educators, and organizations.   We have raised over $4,000 for music scholarships and mentorships for the underserved and special populations.   As part of our “All Abilities Rock” program, we have hosted music workshops, music therapy awareness events, adaptive music education classes, and brought live musical performances via our “Feeding the Soul” series to memory care facilities and homeless shelters.   This past year, we also partnered with the Austin Public Library to bring a series of free sensory-friendly concerts to the community, collaborated with music therapist Abraham Ludwig, and collected more instruments for our “Play It Forward” initiative.

So, as we continue in our mission to fill the gaps where music therapy, education and outreach 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, there are many ways to join us in our journey.   You can donate directly or through our online platform partners (Facebook Fundraisers, Paypal Giving, Charity eBay, AmazonSmile, inLieu, Giving Assistant, etc.), you can become a partner, sponsor or in-kind donor – or best of all, a volunteer!   Your contribution is a direct investment into the community, which also supports the music community, music educators and therapists along the way – it’s a win-win!   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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In February of 2017, Hudson finally had the opportunity to play a Who song with a dream band for the first time!

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, 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:

Financial assistance and referral for music therapy 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.

Clinically Proven Results Include:

  • Recovery of speech, memory, and motor coordination for victims of stroke or brain injuries
  • Memory connection and mood stabilization for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Healing progression for Cancer and life altering diseases
  • Improved communication, regulation, cognitive, emotional and behavioral skills for Autism Spectrum Disorders/ ADHD/ OCD/ Sensory Processing Disorder /Down’s Syndrome/developmental challenges
  • Restored purpose, hope, strength, connection, relief and discipline for those fighting physical or substance abuse, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, depression, stress, grief, anxiety, or low self-esteem
  • Connective neural coordination for Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, stutter, stammers, and tics

(c) 2012 Music Moves Mountains Foundation