*COVID Special Emergency Fund

Campaign Update

MAY 2020

As we celebrate our eighth 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 more accessible to those in need.

In the past eight 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 Austin City Limits (ALC Cares), 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, Lou Adler, and The Who.  We’ve hosted eleven 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 legendary 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, Whetstone Audio, Rupert Neve Designs, 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, Curt Ganem, 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, 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 as part of our “Play It Forward” initiative.  We have raised over $5,000 for music scholarships and mentorships for the underserved and special populations.   As part of our “All Abilities Rock” program, we have hosted free sensory-friendly concerts, 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 were honored to be selected as a featured charity at ACL Cares/Austin City Limits Fest and collaborated with music therapist Abraham Ludwig on an interactive song with ACL Fest participants about the power of music.

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.  We rely on public donations and volunteers and do not have a budget for advertising, marketing or staff.  The Foundation is an inclusive, non-partisan, non-religious, and independent organization that serves all in need.  If you are a believer in the healing powers of music and its impact 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!

Right now is a very trying time.  We are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and are taking all precautions to be extra safe and creative in how we serve the community.  Fundraising in this current crisis and recession is extremely challenging so we are limited in our current services.  Many of our music mercenaries have been hit hard financially, so we launched a GoFundMe Charity campaign for a special emergency fund to “play it forward” and support them in this time of uncertainty.  We added the new SHOP page on our website to offer audio downloads of our past benefit concerts to purchase or to offer as as perks for donating on the GoFundMe page.  All proceeds will go directly to MMMF’s musicians, Music educators, MTs, and partners.

Music will get us through.

Much love and gratitude,
Julie Frost, Founder & Director