ACM Lifting Lives,® dedicated to improving lives through the power of music, announced its 2014 beneficiaries today, including new grants for CreatiVets, LiveBeyond, Notes for Notes, Inc.,Porter’s Call,The Quest Center for Arts & Community Development, Rochelle Center, Shepherd Center Music Therapy for Veterans, Tapping Individual Potential (T.I.P.), W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School and Youth For Tomorrow – New Life Center, Inc. This brings the organization's total giving for the 2014 grant cycle to $169,000, which includes funding for the 5th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp that took place in June. Through grant cycles, ACM Lifting Lives is able to provide funding to programs that promote education and healing with a musical connection.
“ACM Lifting Lives is honored to support these wonderful organizations nationwide that value the healing power of music,” said ACM Lifting Lives Chairman Bill Mayne, “We are so grateful that we were able to increase our giving this year thanks to the artists, industry members and fans that support ACM Lifting Lives throughout the year.”
Programs funded during the 2014 ACM Lifting Lives grant cycle include:
- CreatiVets in Washburn, IL – received funds for their ongoing project, which provides veterans with an all-expenses paid trip to Nashville during which they are paired with professional songwriters who help the veterans create songs that tell their stories to help cope with the psychological and emotional needs that arise from combat-related trauma.
- LiveBeyondin Nashville, TN – received funds to implement a music therapy program to give the people of Thomazeau, Haiti the opportunity to reap the benefits of the healing power of music.
- Notes for Notes, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA – received funds to support programming in Notes for Notes two Los Angeles based locations in Santa Monica and West Gabriel. Notes for Notes offers youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music free of charge by providing them with access to fully equipped and staffed after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs.
- Porter’s Call in Nashville, TN – received funds to pay for an additional part-time staff counselor to help meet the needs of clients who request assistance. Porter’s Call provides counsel and support to artists who are facing the unique challenges that can often accompany the vocation of performing and creating.
- The Quest Center for Arts & Community Development in Dickson, TN – received funds will go towards new music education services for their general after-school program in an effort to make music and music education available to all members of the community.
- Rochelle Center in Nashville, TN – received funds to implement a music therapy program for the Center’s clients - adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Funds will purchase a portion of the music therapy equipment and help pay a portion of Music Therapists fees.
- Shepherd Center Music Therapy for Veterans in Atlanta, GA – received funds to purchase instruments and gear to enhance their existing Music Therapy program that is provided to patients with brain injuries and spinal cord injuries as well as their Gulf War Veterans with brain injuries and PTSD.
- Tapping Individual Potential (T.I.P.) in Nashville, TN – received funds to support 25 – 30 financially disadvantaged music students with outstanding talent, individualized enrichment-like music lessons.
- W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School in Nashville, TN – received funds to provide music supplies and continued music study to students in the Nashville area. Through this grant, the school is able to further its mission of providing affordable, quality music instruction to children who would otherwise not have access to such opportunities.
- Youth For Tomorrow – New Life Center, Inc. in Bristow, VA – received funds will be used to support the music therapy component of their Girls On A Journey program treatment plan, which provides residential, educational and counseling services for girls victimized by domestic minor sex trafficking.
Past recipients include:
- ACM Lifting Lives® Music Camp in Nashville, TN - for the second consecutive year, received scholarships for children and complete funding for camp that has a dual purpose of studying Williams Syndrome and providing music therapy to kids in the form of performance and education
- The Art of Elysium in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY - received funding for "Musical Expressions Program," providing music therapy and education to hospitalized children
- Beth Israel Medical Center Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine in New York, NY - received funding to provide music therapy to patients as well as to conduct music- and medicine-related research; the organization is an international training site for music therapy educators and professionals
- Conscious Alliance/Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Boulder, CO - received funding to support language camp activities with a drum clinic/music class on an Indian Reservation
- Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Music Therapy Program in Los Angeles, CA - received funding for the second consecutive year for personnel support for music therapists in the hospital's Artists Program, of which services are offered free to patients and their families
- Free Arts for Abused Children in Los Angeles, CA - received funding for five music-themed "Free Arts Days" for 200 children, including funding for personnel, materials, and operational expenses
- Grounded In Music in Austin, TX - received funding to provide music education and mentorship to underserved children in Central Texas. The organization was submitted for funding consideration by artist Jack Ingram, who has performed for the kids at Grounded In Music as well as gone into the studio with them to help them record a song.
- Grooves On The Move in Los Angeles, CA - received funding for its "Summer Night Lights Program" which brings a mobile recording studio to visit schools and community youth centers in Southern California, providing students with music, audio recording and production instruction
- Holston Home in East Tennessee - received funding to expand their music education program, "Music Heals Hurt," including hiring part-time piano and guitar teachers. Holston Home provides a home, hope and healing for children and families struggling with life's challenges, and was submitted for funding consideration by artist Rodney Atkins. Atkins lived at Holston Home as an infant, prior to being adopted.
- KIPP Academy of Opportunity, part of KIPP LA Schools in Los Angeles, CA. - received funding for the purchase of 20 new instruments for its "Music for the Masses" program, which brings music education to KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Los Angeles middle school students
- Lollipop Theater Network in Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN - received funding to secure session facilitators and to provide instruments and other materials for "Rhythm of Hope" interactive music session for pediatric patients at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital L.A.
- Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation a national organization - received funding for the second consecutive year for purchase and repair of instruments for underserved school or after-school programs
- Music National Service Initiative in Oakland, CA and the Bay Area - received funding for the "Bay Area MusicianCorps" which gives stipends to young adults to teach music in at-risk schools
- Musicians On Call a national organization - received funding for the second consecutive year, this time to launch a new chapter in D.C. at hospitals that serve our troops and veterans and that conduct important national research. Last year funding was for live bedside performances for healthcare patients in Nashville, TN
- Nashville Symphony in Nashville, TN - received funding to provide musical instruments and services directly to at-risk youth, in middle and high schools
- Pattison's Academy in Charleston, SC - received funding for its school program, including music equipment, assistants, music therapists, occupational therapists and a nurse for children with multiple and severe disabilities. The submission for this organization came from artist Darius Rucker, who has supported Pattison's Academy from its inception in 2005.
- Sing for Hope in New York, NY - received funding to bring live performances to patients in healthcare facilities, with a special focus on elder care, rehabilitative, and palliative care facilities
- Songs for Kids in Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA - received funding for live music performances in hospitals, specifically the "Kids Rock!" program at Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles
- Sophia's Heart Foundation in Nashville, TN - received funding for an after-school music and arts program for children 3 days a week throughout the 2010-2011 school year. Sophia's Heart was founded in honor of Sophia, the late wife of artist Danny Gokey (who submitted the organization for funding consideration), and pays tribute to her legacy of love by inspiring children's minds through music and arts.
- Stars for Stripes in Nashville, TN - received funding for one overseas celebrity entertainment tour to reinforce to troops that America remembers and supports their efforts