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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 their 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:

3.21.20  In response to the current challenges we are all facing with the COVID-19 crisis, we at the Music Moves Mountains Foundations are trying to adapt and modify our mission to still meet the needs of the community while supporting our musicians, music educators and MTs who have been hit hard. Music is one of the most crucial resources to keep us connected as a society as well as a powerful tool to keep us all healthy, happy and hopeful. This special fund will be designated to support our music community by providing new opportunities and projects to help our most vulnerable in need. We will also be rolling out additional ways to support our music mercenaries by releasing some digital downloads of past MMMF benefit concert performances. And for each donation, to keep “playing it forward” we will send some musical shoutouts and dedications to someone you feel needs a little song to get them by in these trying times. Let’s keep moving mountains!

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/musicmovesmountainsfoundation

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3.10.20  Lou Adler is not only one of my heroes, he is also a big supporter of the Music Moves Mountains Foundation. Aside from his countless contributions to the music and film industry, his charitable work is just as impressive. We just received another generous donation from Lou and the Monterey International Pop Music Festival Foundation to help make music more accessible to those in need. This couldn’t have come at a more critical time with the current state of affairs and will help us continue to support our community! If you are unfamiliar with Lou or the MIPFF, check this out. Monterey Pop was the first of its kind, and what many people don’t know is that all the artists played for free to support the Foundation which still generates funds to charities like ours after 50 years!

https://montereyinternationalpopfestival.com/pages/foundation

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Thank you to all of our movers and shakers that made this year’s benefit concert so much fun!  We rocked it ’70s style while raising funds for music therapy, education and community outreach.  Huge thank you to film/music producer Lou Adler for donating some signed ’70s memorabilia for our silent auction, to all the incredible musicians, our volunteers and supporters who made it all come together.

Check out the MMMF 3.8.20 benefit concert photo album here: MMMF benefit 3.8.20 Photo Album

Newsletter 3.8.20 MMMF Newsletter 3.8.20

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12.13.19  Thank you to our volunteers Gregg Standridge and John Barbour for bringing some musical joy to Among Friends Activity Center, and to Kenneth Heffron for donating a brand new acoustic guitar to the center, and to Jimmy and Terrence for all the support! It was such a blast singing along to some Gospel, classic Christmas tunes and requests for Van Morrison, Neil Diamond and Elvis with some new friends!

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Check out our latest newsletter!  It’s time to gear up for the season of giving! MMMF Newsletter 11.26.19 #GivingTuesday

As a believer in the healing powers of music, we ask for your continued support in our mission to make music therapy, education and outreach more accessible to those in need.   You can donate directly to MMMF or through our online platform partners (links on our Give page to Facebook Fundraisers, Paypal Giving, Charity eBay, AmazonSmile, inLieu, Giving Assistant, Benevity Causes, Fidelity Giving Marketplace, GoFundMe Charity).  You can become a community partner, sponsor, an in-kind donor or a volunteer!   Your contribution is a direct investment into the community because it empowers those who need it the most while also supporting musicians, music educators and music therapists along the way – so it’s a win-win!

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11.15.19  What a beautiful experience it was to host International piano phenom Henri Herbert (click on pic to listen) this month at Austin’s Rosedale School (AISD’s only school exclusively for students with multiple disabilities and profound needs). Access to quality live music is essential in our programs, whether it’s for children, adults or elders. Music is the greatest equalizer that unifies and bonds us all.

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10.1.19 We were so honored to have been invited to participate in #ACLCARES at Austin City Limits Festival this year!  So awesome to be included with this group of amazing non-profit organizations who are all making a big difference in their communities.  https://www.aclfestival.com/cares/

Thank you to everyone who came by to play, engage, share stories and learn about our mission!  Click here to watch a recap video and listen to lyrics contributed by ACL Music Fest attendees to our interactive songs arranged, played and sang by Board-Certified Music Therapist Abraham Ludwig of Austin!  Music is our home and we are family!

 

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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

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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!

 

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