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--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.--
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

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We are so happy to announce our first recipient of the "Play It Forward" initiative, 8 year old Tony Underwood of Norman, OK. Tony suffers from Progressive Myoclonic Epilepsy and wants to play music but is limited in his options and resources. We were able to help get him started with piano lessons with Rebecca Martino (Masters in Music Ed, Piano Pedagogy) at Sonder Music.
Board-certified Music Therapist and state advocate Jennifer Voss lost her home in the Moore, OK May tornado that wiped out her neighborhood and took so many lives.  We rallied help to build her tools of the trade back up so that she can continue her work in the community.
As part of our "All Abilities Rock" program, Jazz and Swing players Kyle Reid and Steve Boaz kicked off our "Sensory-friendly" concert series with class.  They were so gracious in their sensitive and educational approach so that kids with special needs could have a day of fun music without the pressure or overload that may normally keep them from the experience. 
COMING UP THIS MONTH:
MANY THANKS TO ALL YOU MOVERS AND SHAKERS WHO JOINED US THIS YEAR!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wayne Duncan, President
Steven Ray Gilbert, Vice President
Jimmy Frost, Jr., Treasurer
Tom Wheelus, Program Advisor
 
DONORS
Monterey International Pop Fest Foundation
Debbie & Hunter Heyck
Lori & Ian Moore
Bess & Jimmy Frost, Sr.
Linda & Jimmy Frost, Jr.
Steve Gilbert
Dee Dee Almeida
Ted Leader
Judalon Manes (in memory of Dylan Gilbert)
Jerry Woods
Bill Penn
Robert Allen
Debbie Gibson
James Kelfer
Roy Bloomfield
Michael & Kelly Dean
Keith & Tammy Rowekamp
Sarah Bailey
Jill Richardson
Pam Coble
Various anonymous from benefit concerts
 
VOLUNTEERS
Hudson Tartack
Kerry Tartack
Drew Dillard
Temple Ray
Judi Newberry
Drake Logsdon
Beonca Couch
Kristi Armstrong
Brizheet Pritner
 
COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS
Sonder Music
Antone's Nightclub
The Blue Door
Lindsey Flowers/ OK Film & Music Office
Austin Chronicle
Marisa Mohi at The Oklahoma Gazette
Lindsay Whelchel at The Norman Transcript
Dancing Dragon Music
SPONSORS / IN-KIND DONORS
The Who / Pete Townshend
Brain Music Center of Austin
Austin Chronicle
Austin Land & Cattle
This Land Press
Mustang Brewery
Jesse Sublett
Antone's Record Shop
Dangerbird Management
Kelly Davis-Burns
Kerry Tartack
Leon Russell Records
Susan Herndon
Kyle Reid
Greg Johnson/John Fullbright
Forward Foods
Keisha Register
Fuzzy's
Charis Ward
Mark & Pam Levy
Marcie Levy
Nathan Roberts
Jim Howard
Scott Keeton
 
MUSIC MERCENARIES
Kevin McKinney Trio
Why Not Satellite
Wayne Duncan & Billy Murphy (Copa Kings)
Not in the Face!
Robert Kraft
Chris Maresh
Randy Franklin
Andra Mitrovich
Daniel Whittington
The Rite Flyers
Inflatable Baptists
Honeylark
Empty Bottles
Susan Herndon
Kyle Reid & The Low Swingin' Chariots
Steve Boaz
Kate Leary
Rick Toops
Mark Levy
Colby Young
Terrance Wade
Sarah Bailey
MMMF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization offering music as a means of therapy, healing, and recovery. 
All contributions are tax-deductible in compliance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
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