ACM Lifting Lives announced its 2015 fall grant cycle beneficiaries with grants totaling more than $180,000 for a selection of organizations including Alive Hospice, Abe’s Garden Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Center of Excellence, The Center for Courageous Kids,CreatiVets,Middle Tennessee State University Foundation, Musicians on Call, Notes for Notes, Porter’s Call, W.O. Smith Music School, The Quest Center for Art & Community Development and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. Partnerships with artists and generous giving from fans and the Nashville community enable ACM Lifting Lives to provide funding to organizations that share the same mission, and strive to improve lives through the power of music.
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the artists and volunteer board members that donate their time and efforts to ACM Lifting Lives. It’s because of their kindness we’re able to give back and be a part of continuing the impact made through the power of music in these communities,” said ACM Lifting Lives Vice-President Debbie Carroll.
Programs funded through this grant cycle include:
- Alive Hospice - the grant will help the organizationto continue their music therapy program and will allow them to provide ten scholarships to the Music for Health & Transition Program, a non-profit certification program that trains musicians to provide live therapeutic music at the bedside. www.alivehospice.org
- Abe's Garden Alzheimer's and Memory Care Center of Excellence - the grant will allow for the purchase of musical instruments and equipment for the center’s music engagement program, along with compensation for a research assistant from Vanderbilt University, and a board-certified music therapist. www.abesgarden.org
- The Center for Courageous Kids - the grant will help the center to purchase new equipment and instruments to be used in their music therapy program that benefits more than 3,000 campers each year. www.thecenterforcourageouskids.org
- CreatiVets - the grant will help sustain their ongoing project providing veterans the opportunity to be paired with professional songwriters from the Nashville community to help create a song that tells the veteran's story by using art therapy, music and creative writing to help cope with the psychological and emotional needs that arise from combat-related trauma. www.creativets.org
- Middle Tennessee State University Foundation - the grant will allow the foundation a newly developed program entitled "Music Row in Murfreesboro,” an academic track within MTSU's acclaimed Recording Industry Department. Through this enhanced curriculum, industry professionals will be invited to lecture and interact with students in a weekly three-hour class. www.mtsu.edu/development/foundation.php
- Musicians on Call - the grant will support the expansion of their Bedside Performance Programs in two new markets, Atlanta and Phoenix. www.musiciansoncall.org
- Notes for Notes - the grant will support programming in seven Notes for Notes locations during the 2016 fiscal year. www.notesfornotes.org
- Porter’s Call - the grant will help to underwrite counseling hours to cover the growing 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. www.porterscall.com
- Vanderbilt Kennedy Center - the grant will continue the successful ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp (for the seventh year); the partnership allows individuals an opportunity to attend, a week-long residential program open to individuals with developmental disabilities, talented in music, from around the country, has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome and other developmental disabilities and providing music enrichment through performance and education. http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vkc/
- W.O. Smith Music School - the grant will pay expenses for a “choir tour” consisting of thirty-two students traveling to Cleveland, Ohio where they’ll perform two concerts, and take part in various educational activities throughout the city. www.wosmith.org
- The Quest Center for Art & Community Development - the grant will support the organization’s existing music education services within their general after-school program while helping to expand reach within the community, offering more needs-based scholarships for music instruction. www.qcdickson.org
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