ACM Lifting Lives® announced its 2016 fall grant cycle beneficiaries today with grants totaling more than $230,000 for a selection of organizations including Alive Hospice, Barefoot Republic, Inc., CreatiVets, Kesem, Legacy Music, Musicians on Call, Nashville Rescue Mission, Notes for Notes, Operation Song, Peggy R. McConnell Worthington Center for the Arts, Porter’s Call, Possibilities, Inc, Project C.A.M.P. Inc "The Center for Courageous Kids, Songs For Sound, The Quest Center, Uintah School of Music and the Arts, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and W.O. Smith/Nashville Community School. 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.

“ACM Lifting Lives® is excited to announce an increase in beneficiaries nationwide, and we are proud to support and recognize each of these organizations,” said Lori Badgett, Chairman of the ACM Lifting Lives® Grant Committee.

Said ACM Lifting Lives® Chairman, Ed Warm: "As stewards of Lifting Lives, we understand the power of music and the great things we can do through the support of our artists and our industry. We are fortunate to serve those in need through the generosity of so many who make these grants possible."

“We are beyond grateful for the generosity and support from the artists, fans and industry members that continue to share the same vision of our mission to improve lives through the power of music,” said Tommy Moore, Secretary, ACM Lifting Lives®.


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

Barefoot Republic, Inc – the grant will continue to build relationships among the youth representing all backgrounds through artistic and team building activities, allowing the grant to fund twenty scholarships for youth to participate. www.barefootrepublic.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\

Kesem – the grant will support children nationwide through and beyond their parent’s cancer by offering several types of music therapy programs, fostering a long-lasting community. www.campkesem.org

Legacy Music – the grant will help support purchasing instruments and staffing clinicians to provide operational music programs for teachers and students. www.legacymusicalliance.org

Musicians on Call – the grant will support the expansion of their Bedside Performance Programs in two newer markets, Atlanta and Phoenix. www.musiciansoncall.org

Nashville Rescue Mission ­– the grant will support funds for a sound system for Life Recovery Program Participants, suffering from homelessness, addiction and other life-debilitating problems. www.nashvillerescuemission.org

Notes for Notes – the grant will support programming in seven Notes for Notes locations during the 2017 fiscal year. www.notesfornotes.org

Operation Song ­– the grant will help empower veterans and active duty military tell their stories through songwriting in creative and therapeutic settings, with professional songwriters leading the program. www.operationsong.org

Peggy R. McConnell Worthington Center for the Arts ­– the grant will go towards producing a television series featuring songwriters nationally distributed to more than 100 stations, focusing on healing and coping through the power of music. www.mcconnellarts.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

Possibilities, Inc – the grant will provide for the first-ever ‘Veteran Living Center’ program for those in need of emotional freedom by providing lodging, meals, song therapy and a healing concert for camp veterans. www.supportpossibilities.org

Project C.A.M.P. Inc "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

Songs For Sounds – the grant will help those suffering with hearing loss by bringing awareness through Heal the Music and music camp programs for kids with hearing aids and cochlear implants. www.songsforsound.com

The Quest Center – 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

Uintah School of Music and the Arts – the grant will help support weekly music group classes for young children by providing instructors, instruments, and equipment, allowing them to showcase their progress throughout the year. www.usomata.org

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center – the grant will support the organization’s existingmission to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families through innovative research, services, and training for over 50 years. www.vanderbiltkennedycenter.com

W.O. Smith/Nashville Community School – the grant will pay expenses for a ‘Resident Camp’ where students will take part in various music and educational activities. www.wosmith.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