Dear Friends and Supporters,
Here we are approaching the Fall of 2013 and I am so proud to say that we have made it through our first year thanks to all your support! With your help, we launched the Foundation last Summer, and though we still have a long way to go to really fulfill our mission, we are already making a difference in our communities. After getting business in order and establishing ourself as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, we kicked off some programs and services to test the waters. The response has been overwhelming and I am constantly encouraged to fight even harder to make music and music therapy more accessible in people's lives, especially for those suffering or dealing with challenges.
I want to give a special thanks to all of you who donated funds, time, talent, and in-kind contributions this past year. We've garnered support from all over the globe (including The Who/Pete Townshend and Lou Adler/Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation), as well as joined efforts from regional folks and businesses to help reach our goals. We've hosted two benefit concerts, a "WHOotenanny" in Austin and "Okie Folkies & Freaks" in Oklahoma City, and are in the planning stages of our next benefit, taking place in Austin in November (a tribute to Monterey Pop Fest). We are also excited to be partnering with the Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music (Strummerville) on a new music "street" scholarship early next year. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
We are just getting started and the need is growing due to the lack of State support for music therapy as a medical practice and cuts in funding for public school music programs and special education resources. Whether it be our children with disability or illness, a war veteran suffering PTS, a brain injury or stoke victim, an Alzheimer's sufferer, a Cancer patient, a troubled teen, an underserved community.....music can be the medicine and the resource to change lives. So to realize our dream - which is to provide access to those in need - we need continued support from the community. Until we can qualify for most grants (at least another year), we depend solely on those who truly believe in the scientifically-proven powers of music to help and heal. You can join us however you can by either donating funds, instruments, or time, becoming a sponsor, offering in-kind support, or simply by helping spread our message. Let's move some more mountains!
Much love and gratitude,
Julie Frost, Founder & Director