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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!

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