*COVID Special Emergency Fund


Our Mission & Goal:

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.


“All Abilities Rock” – Community music workshops, adaptive music education/mentorship/experiences, 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.


Financial assistance and referral to contractual music therapy sessions from a Board-certified Music Therapist

Reach:  Based in Central Oklahoma/Texas, the Foundation serves mostly this region of the USA, 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.  Texas in particular does not recognize Music Therapy for state board certification which is needed for regulation and for insurance companies to cover it.  Oklahoma just passed legislation to recognize MT as a practice, yet is one of only seven states in the nation who does not require insurance companies to cover therapy services for Autism Spectrum Disorders (1 in 40 children are diagnosed), among other disorders and disabilities. 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 continue to 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, however it fits them.

Certificate of Incorporation for Music Moves Mountains Foundation (OK)

MMMF Texas registration with Secretary of State (TX)

Bylaws of the Music Moves Mountains Foundation 

Articles of Incorporation Certificate

Articles of Incorporation for Music Moves Mountains Foundation

Board of Directors:

President:  Stevie Ray Gilbert, (Dallas, TX)

Vice-President:  Jimmy Frost, Jr. (Norman, OK)

Treasurer/Secretary:  Drew Dillard (Austin, TX)

Sponsor/Auction Coodinator:  Kerry Tartack (Austin, TX)

Program/Services Advisor:  Tom Wheelus (Hugo, OK) Retired Music Therapist/Educator/Musician Tom Wheelus Bio

Past President:  Wayne Duncan (Austin, TX) http://www.wayneduncan.com  http://www.linkedin.com/in/wayneduncan

About the Founder & Director:  Julie Frost has worked in the Music and Arts industry for over 20 years and continues to be an advocate.  She studied Journalism at Oklahoma University and Commercial Music Management at Austin Community College.  Raised in Oklahoma, she made Austin and New Orleans her second homes.  She has managed and booked performing artists, operated recording labels, publishing and production companies, raised funds and awareness for the Arts, and is a published author of music-related articles.

After becoming a single mother of a special needs child, her focus shifted to making a change in her community.  Witnessing the power of music in her son’s life as well as her own, she committed to helping others experience that same power.  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jfrost 

Contact: julie.frost (at) musicmovesmountains.org

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