Campaign Update

JUNE 2021

As we celebrate our ninth 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, music education, and community outreach more accessible to those in need.

In the past nine 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 twelve 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, Kim Yarbrough, Music Water, Home Slice Pizza and Juiceland, 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 $8,500 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 $5,500 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 was an exceptionally tough one, and there is no doubt that music played a major role in helping us all get through the isolation, anxiety, and grief. We shifted our focus to our helping our music community get through with an emergency GoFundMe Charity campaign.

One way we were able to stay connected this year and share music was by hosting a couple of livestream concerts with our All Abilities Rock-sponsored artist Devin Gutierrez.  Some of that footage (thanks to Collin Shook at the East Austin Piano Shop) was used to “Play It Forward” and help another local nonprofit, Austin Classical Guitar, in their goal to spread the power of music.  Thanks to our longtime mover and shaker – Grammy-award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – Lou Adler, Devin’s cover of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” was included in both Carole’s and James Taylor’s celebration of Tapestry’s 50th anniversary.  We have also been assisting Devin with producing his first live album which will be released later this summer. In June 2021, we ventured back into live music with a Tribute to Stevie Wonder featuring Devin G & the Wonder Vault (alumni from the Texas School for the Blind) and special guests. It was definitely one for the books!

So, as we continue in our mission to make music therapy, music education and community outreach more accessible to those in need, 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 music therapists along the way – it’s a win-win!

Much love and gratitude,
Julie Frost, Founder & Director