ACM Lifting Lives® announced its 2018 fall grant cycle beneficiaries today with grants totaling more than $270,000 for a selection of organizations including Arts Wisconsin, Barefoot Republic, Inc., Camp Sunshine Inc., Carnegie Mellon University, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, COPD Foundation, Country Music Hall of Fame, Follow Your Heart Arts Program, Foundations of Music, Glenvar High School, High Hopes Development Center, Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt), Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Music for Seniors, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Notes for Notes, Oliver Middle School Drama, Porter’s Call, Project C.A.M.P. Inc., Shell Lake Arts Center, Songs for Sound, Anna’s Place NOLA/St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, The Onsite Foundation: Possibilities, The Tapping Individual Potential Program of The Community Foundation of Tennessee, United Sound, Inc., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vega Productions Inc., VH1 Save The Music Houston, W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School, Wartburg and Westside Children’s 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.
“ACM Lifting Lives has prospered year over year due to the incredible commitment of the country music community, artists and industry and we are thrilled to announce a significant increase in this year’s deserving grant beneficiaries,” said Tree Paine, Chairman of the ACM Lifting Lives. “We look forward to continuing to fund programs in which we are able to improve lives through the power of music.”
Programs funded through this grant cycle include:
Arts Wisconsin – Arts Wisconsin is a statewide organization providing a leadership forum for advancing the local and statewide creative economy, integrating the arts and creativity in education, educating entrepreneurs and activists, and engaging policy-makers and the public as a catalyst for dialogue, information, and action. Funds will go towards music therapy program providing two sessions a week, twice per day in the local public-school district (Racine Unified) for Music Therapy Methodology, which includes Neurologic Music Therapy, improvisation and sensory integration and Cognitive Therapy techniques. www.artswisconsin.org
Barefoot, Inc – Barefoot Republic serves more than 2,100 youth through Day Camp, Overnight Camp, and year-round service, learning and performance opportunities in Kentucky, Tennessee, and California. Approximately one-third of campers participate in music programming. In 2019, ACM will provide full tuition assistance for 30 disadvantaged youth, costs covering activities, meals, supplies and staffing. www.barefootrepublic.org
Camp Sunshine Inc – Camp Sunshine enriches the lives of Georgia's children with cancer and their families through year-round recreational, educational and support programs. This grant will support the Music Program, with the funds being used directly to pay for the musician hired for 2 weeks of summer camp, for the purchase of new musical instruments and equipment, and to hire musicians for 2 weeks of Sunshine 2U - a hospital program for children too ill to leave the hospital setting. www.mycampsunshine.com
Carnegie Mellon University – Carnegie Mellon University will pay a principal investigator to develop the pedagogy, train the research assistants and music teachers, assist in issuing pre and post-tests, implement the intervention in a six-week study and organize and analyze the all data. The project will then be completed by writing the corresponding research paper on 24-32 participants. www.cmu.edu
Children's Hospital Los Angeles– CHLA relies on the generosity of philanthropists in the community to support compassionate patient care, leading-edge education of the caregivers of tomorrow and innovative research efforts that impact children at their hospital and around the world. Funds will support a portion of the salary of a professional music therapist in their existing Music Therapy Program. www.chla.org
COPD Foundation– The COPD Foundation and PEP (Pulmonary Empowerment Program) have established Harmonicas for Health, the first nationwide harmonica program created especially for individuals with COPD and other chronic lung diseases. This year, help will go towards developing an online version of the program, education for leaders and support improvements throughout the program. www.copdfoundation.org
Country Music Hall of Fame– The Country Music Hall of Fame created the Instrument Trunks School Outreach Program. This initiative provides free resources to classrooms in Middle TN through the loan of instruments which allows students to feel, hold, play and hear the timeless tools of musicians. The goal
of the Instrument Trunks School Outreach program is to support Middle TN schools and Metro Nashville Public Schools, in particularly in their instructional goals as they aim to improve academic achievement for students most at-risk of not succeeding. www.countrymusichalloffame.org
Follow Your Heart Arts Program, Inc.– The Follow Your Heart Arts Program provides music education opportunities in the hometown of country music artist Charlie Worsham in rural Mississippi. Funds will be used to purchase instruments, seats for the room provided by the school for instructions and expanding the Songwriters workshop. www.FollowYourHeartArts.org
Foundations of Music– Foundations of Music brings music education to underserved classrooms and communities across Chicago. Funds will be used to support its Songwriting/Production Program for students in grades PreK-8, which teaches students to write and produce songs. www.foundationsofmusic.org
Glenvar High School– Funds will be used to complete music production rooms for students at Glenvar High School in Salem, Virginia. www.rcps.us/ghs
High Hopes Development Center – The High Hopes Development Center is a pre-school with on-site pediatric clinic, serving children with special needs and long-term disabilities alongside their typically-developing peers. The Center offers a Music Enrichment Program for 148 preschoolers, 60% of whom are typically-developing and 40% having special needs. Funds will be used to assist the Music Enrichment Program with music teacher salary, instruments, and curriculum. www.highhopesforkids.org
Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt)– Funds will go to support the programs expenses of its tuition-free music ensemble, which includes weekly mentorship and coaching to the students in K-12 in the community of the East Los Angeles. LAMusArt strives to create paths to creative futures by means of arts education. www.lamusart.org
Maryville University's Kids Rock Center – Kids Rock Cancer is an innovative program that helps children successfully cope with the unique emotional challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis. Through the proven healing power of music therapy, Kids Rock Cancer helps children combat feelings of anxiety, depression, uncertainty and helplessness. Funds will support a 3rd therapist to further develop special programs and camps, provide an additional 25 therapy sessions per year, serve five camps during summer 2019 for a total of 5-10 sessions, which include approximately 75-100 campers total and assist in managing patient data. www.kidsrockcancer.org
Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation – Mr. Holland's Opus keeps music alive in their schools by donating musical instruments and vital support services to under-funded music programs, giving economically disadvantaged youth access to this type of education. The many benefits of music education, includes helping students to be successful and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music. Funds will focus on Aiken County Public Schools in South Carolina to help with the purchase of instruments. www.mhopus.org
Music For Seniors – Music for Seniors connects area musicians with older adults through live and interactive programs designed to engage, entertain and educate seniors, by delivering programs to groups in recreational and care settings, offering public daytime concerts at accessible venues, and teaching group classes in instrument and vocal performance. Funds will be used to train and schedule more musicians to facilitate additional Music-Making outreach sessions. www.musicforseniors.org
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame – Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame mission is to honor Nashville’s legacy of songwriting excellence through preservation, celebration and education. The funds will be used for the Express Yourself Program, a free after school program for middle school students, 5th- 8th grade in Nashville. While in their 3rd year at JT Moore Middle school, the program includes 20 students and this year is expanding to two additional schools. The program is open to all students and available at no charge. Per school, the funds will provide a weekly stipend for the program’s Song Coach. www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com
Notes for Notes – Notes for Notes provides youth with free access to musical instruments, instructions and a recording studio. Funds will go towards their Song2Studio2Radio program. The project will culminate a collective group of songs and podcasts written and performed by youth participants combined with Nashville’s greatest songwriters. The writers will work with the kids via songwriting, instructions, recording sessions and podcasting. notesfornotes.org
Oliver Middle School Drama – The OMS Drama Boosters believe that a successful drama program creates opportunities for students to grow in confidence while they discover their talents. Students learn life skills and values. Funds will go towards the expansion of the program serving underprivileged students, and encourages the youth to stay in school. www.omsdramaboosters.com
Porter's Call – Porter’s Call serves recording artists and their families by providing them with counsel, support, and encouragement to deal with issues off-stage. The staff currently sees 30 plus artists and/or spouses per week, often referred by record companies. Funds will be used toward counseling hours, so they can continue to offer counseling free of charge to artists and expand available hours. www.porterscall.com
Project C.A.M.P. Inc. – Project C.A.M.P. Inc. offers a Music Therapy program all year round addressing developmental goals in speech and communication, social skills development, behavioral, social, emotional and other skill sets. This allows children to the opportunity to experience normalcy through interactions with peers who share the same health conditions. Funds will include purchase of instruments, educational materials, staffing, facilities, adaptive equipment needs for children with limited mobility. www.courageouskids.org
Shell Lake Arts Center – The Shell Lake Arts Center mission is to provide innovative music and arts education experiences for youth ages 12 to 18, as well as seminars and workshops for adults. The funds will be used to fund scholarships to musical camps throughout the summer. In nine weeks, 24 different camps are held for musicians and young artists.
Songs for Sound – Songs for Sound aims to provide everyone with an opportunity to live a mainstream life full of sound and language, and music. Funds will provide hearing protection and hearing education materials on noise-induced hearing loss to be distributed by the Hear the Music mobile clinic in Nashville. It will also support their music camp for children with cochlear implants/hearing aids loss.
Anna's Place NOLA/St. Anna's Episcopal Church – Anna's Place NOLA's mission is to promote healing and wholeness of body, mind and spirit in the Treme/7th Ward and Greater New Orleans community by offering academic, cultural and arts enrichment, holistic healthcare and healthy lifestyle education. Funds will go to oversee the coordination of activities between the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Loyola Music Therapy Department, as well as teach clarinet, vocal music and Project Learning. It will also purchase instruments and repair costs for existing instruments. www.annasplacenola.org
The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families – Howard Phillips Center provides children and families a support system and resources so they don’t have to face overwhelming challenges alone. Funds for The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families will go towards four weeks of music therapy classes to 180 children with special needs and their family members over the course of 1 year. It will also cover outside artistic fees, developmental staff time and musical items for families.
The Onsite Foundation: Possibilities – The Onsite Foundation provides funding to veterans, first responders, low income individuals and front-line helping professionals. This aids in the healing and rebuilding of those who struggle from the effects of trauma, abuse, stress, mental-health and relationship issues. Onsite Foundation provides workshops and life-changing programs by providing scholarships to participants who would not otherwise receive the experience of emotional freedom Tuition for Veteran's Living Centered Program. Funds will go towards experiential therapy modalities, song workshop & concerts.
The Tapping Individual Potential Program of The Community Foundation of Tennessee – The program is an effort to recognize special skills and talents in young people of middle school age and invest in developing their unique capability. The TIP program works with Metro Nashville Public School middle school students who have extraordinary musical talent but whose financial or other circumstances make it impossible for their families to provide access to individual enrichment. To date, there have been 24 ACM Scholars who have directly benefitted in various ways from the musical programs. They benefit from direct instruction.
United Sound, Inc. – – United Sound Inc. supports music educators in creating their own United Sound ensembles through training, support, and organizational resources so that all children have access to meaningful and authentic music education and musical experiences. Funds requested will open this program in 5 Tennessee schools and will cover the curriculum materials and teacher/student volunteer training for the students with special needs in these schools.
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center – The grant will support the organization’s existing mission 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
Vega Productions, Inc. – Vega Productions Inc. makes music education accessible to all students, especially those in schools with underfunded programs and whose families' cannot afford the cost of renting or purchasing a musical instrument of their own. Funds will go towards covering musical instrument repair costs. vegaproductions.org
VH1 Save The Music Houston – Help kids, schools and communities realize their full
potential through the power of making music. Funds would support the Houston Independent School District to provide music education, restore a band program and deliver a general music program. www.vh1savethemusic.org
W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School – W.O. Smith makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families. Funds will go towards supporting its annual resident camp, a week-long summer music program for low-income children in Nashville, which would cover up to 50 students. www.wosmith.org
Wartburg – Wartburg offers integrated, comprehensive senior care services for your changing life. Unlike conventional retirement communities, Wartburg provides a wide range of services. Funds will go towards music therapists and peer leaders therapy programs for veterans with PTSD, brain and spinal cord injuries and amputees. www.wartburg.org
Westside Children's Center – Westside Children’s Center funds would support their Kindermusik program, curriculum programmed and tailored to meet the different developmental needs of infants to five-year-olds through music. The funds will ensure eight classrooms with nine units of Kindermusik by the end of the year.
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