The Musicians Foundation cordially invites you to How The Piano Conquered The World, a benefit event hosted by renowned pianist, author, composer, and critic Stuart Isacoff. Event details are below, please RSVP to the Musicians Foundation by October 15th (212 239 9137) or BC@musiciansfoundation.org. Thank you!


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The Musicians Foundation had a busy few months welcoming new Board members and being honored at an event hosted by the Association of Music Producers (AMP) in May. This marks the beginning of a charitable partnership that raises awareness of our mission. Advisory Council Board Member Bobby Lopez was able to thank AMP via video for its recognition of the Musicians Foundation service to musicians (see video above). More on the event and our new Board members below!


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The Musicians Foundation recently sent out our end of year appeals letter written and signed by Advisory Council members Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez. The Foundation is grateful for your continued support. Feel free to read their wonderful letter below:


The Musicians Foundation is excited to be participating in this year’s #GivingTuesday event on December 1st, 2015.  #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to uniting people from all around the world for a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give back. This is the Musicians Foundation’s first year joining the celebration and we hope you join us in raising awareness for the nonprofit community, specifically for professional musicians in times of need.


JimmyScottFaceWith your support, we are able to help musicians such as the late great jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott. A fall during a concert left him in a wheelchair and bookings stopped when promoters heard of Scott’s infirmity. He was directed to the Musicians Foundation where Scott found the ongoing financial assistance he needed.

With all the records, I never saw any royalties. We couldn’t make our monthly mortgage payment and would have been homeless. The help we got from the Musicians Foundation has been a sheer blessing and we thank God every night for their help.”  –  Jimmy Scott

The Musicians Foundation has helped thousands of musicians like Jimmy Scott across all genres in times of need, crisis and transition, and it is only through your support and generous donations that we are able to continue to do such important work.


Through #GivingTuesday, we hope to bring visibility to our cause and we need your help to make it happen! Here are several easy ways you can get involved and support the Musicians Foundation:

  1. Consider making a donation that will go towards supporting a professional musician and their family in time of need: https://mophilanthropy.co/musiciansfoundation/
  2. Share this blog post on any of your respective social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the following link : http://bit.ly/1la2lH9
  3. Share our cause on social media with your friends about why supporting the Musicians Foundation is important to you, or feel free to use this twitter-friendly:

“Join me in supporting @musiciansusa on #GivingTuesday. Together we can provide aid to musicians in times of crisis: [include link to donation page] ”

  1. Download one (or all!) of our custom #GivingTuesday banners and replace your profile photo, twitter banner, or Facebook banner to help spread the word! Just right click the images below, “download”, and save to your desktop!

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Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Musicians Foundation. We are thankful for your support and hope that you are able to use #GivingTuesday as an opportunity to share our mission with the rest of the world.


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The Matt Show 2.0 – Benefit Concert


We are honored to be chosen as the recipients for this year’s proceeds raised at the annual benefit concert The Matt Show 2.0 at the legendary indie rock venue Double Door this week on Saturday Oct 3rd 7:00 pm! The event is in celebration of the life of beloved Chicago musician, family man, tour-manager and promoter Matthew Suhar. We are grateful for the bands providing music for the night: The Smoking Popes, Trapper Schoepp and The Shades, The Blind Venetians Reunion, Tim Jones, Courtney Kaiser, and friends as well as for the “Fans of Suhar” for organizing the event and Double Door for providing the venue space. How fitting for professional musicians to be helping professional musicians!

We look forward to being there, to join in the celebration, and take part in the opportunity to share our cause.

Won’t you join us?

You can purchase tickets for $25.00 here: http://doubledoor.com/events/the-smoking-popes/

Please be sure to share the event with friends and family in the Chicago area here: https://www.facebook.com/events/573695316102077/permalink/586966018108340/

If you’re not able to make the event but still want to participate, we’ll be live streaming the event thanks to the folks at Gigity.TV here: https://gigity.tv/event/108395


In Memory of Vera Stern

July 24, 2015

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Musicians Foundation, we express our condolences and deepest sympathies to her extensive family. She served on the Board for over forty years with devotion and a deep sense of caring for the musicians who are our clients. She will be sorely missed.

— Hans Tausig, President

The NY Times published an article highlighting some of the wonderful work Ms. Stern did during her lifetime: http://nyti.ms/1OCOqTq.

A Centennial Celebration!

February 28, 2015

We are so excited to announce the upcoming Centennial Celebration event that Mildred Forrell and Bess Steiger will be hosting for us.

Please stay tuned for pictures to come on our website!


We celebrated a century of giving back to the people who make the music — our shared source of joy, inspiration and artistry on October 26th, 2014.

It was Hosted by Eleanor Korman, Patricia Paz & The Board of Directors of the Musicians Foundation. The Musical Program was performed by Michiyo Morikawa, piano; Nelly Rocha, cello; and Hisaichi Shimura, violin.

  • Cancion de Cuna (Lullaby) (2006) By Arturo Rodriguez
  • Cancion en el Puerto (1994) (song in the harbor) By Joaquin Gutierrez
  • Las Presencias for violin and piano by Carlos Guastavino
  • Trio no 1 for violin, cello and piano by Felix Mendelssohn

Incidental and Welcome Music performed by:

Aine Hara – Piano

Aine HaraMs. Hara was born in Nagoya in Japan and began playing the piano at age three. She made her first stage appearance the following year. Her concert debut was with the Krakow State Philharmonic at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater when she was ten. She graduated from the Toho conservatory high school and University and came to New York City to continue her studies at Mannes College, the New School for Music. From 2012 to 2014, she attended the International Keyboard Institute & Festival. She has studied piano with Hideo Sugiura, Yuko Ninomiya, Jerome Rose, German Diez, and Musicians Foundation Board Member, Michiyo Morikawa. Ms. Hara has already received numerous competition prizes including: Music Competition for Children, Chunichi newspaper prize, Piano Teachers Association Competition, the Senzoku Conservatory Prize. She was awarded the Bronze Medal(1st in Asia),and the Gold Medal at the International Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA and was a finalist at the Osaka International Music Competition She performed her recital debut in Japan at Munetsugu Hall in 2012 to the highest acclaim.

Michiyo Morikawa – Piano

cwvDm9asA_Lw9YsGTQNy8vW7Zxw[1]Mrs. Morikawa was born in Japan and began playing the piano at age five. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen School of Music where she studied with Yoriko Takahashi, she attended the Aspen Music Festival studying with Aube Tzerko and John Perry. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she was under the tutelage of Karl Ulrich Schnabel. She completed her Professional Studies diploma at the Mannes college of Music as a student of Jerome Rose and Hugo Goldenzweig. She continues her musical studies with German Diez. Ms. Morikawa has received significant honors including First Prize and the Special Composer’s Prize at the XII Concurs de Piano “Premi Ciutat de Berga” in Spain; Special Prize “Musica Española” at Ignacio Cervantes piano competition in Havana, Cuba, winner of the Japanese-American Association Piano competition in New York City; The Rockefeller Foundation Grant for the Performing Arts. She has performed as a soloist with, among many others, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, Filarmonica de Jalisco, Orquesta Sinfonica de Michoacan, and Sinfonica de Coyoacan. A frequent recitalist and Chamber player, Ms. Morikawa has performed across the globe, including: New York City’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Bellagio, Italy (by invitation of the Rockefeller Estates); Spain; Japan; Finland (at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Ensemble Concert); and Mexico. Ms. Morikawa is currently a piano teacher at the Third Street Music School Settlement, and Greenwich House Music School in New York City.

Nelly Rocha – Cellist

Nelly cello1Ms. Rocha is an active performer in New York City. She has performed recitals in Beijing, China, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Universal Forum of Cultures and the Experiencing Villa-Lobos Festival. Ms. Rocha has also performed as a soloist with the North Valley Chamber Orchestra.  She has performed with Camerata New York, National Lyric Opera, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Miami Symphony and recorded Mi Alma Mexicana with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, a cd released by Sony that celebrates Mexico’s bicentennial. Nelly has performed in the Late Night Show with David Letterman and participated in the Porgy and Bess 75th Anniversary US tour and the Verbier Festival Orchestra European tour to Milan, Luzern, Berlin and Madrid.  

Hisaichi Shimura – Violin

Hisaichi Shimura violinMr. Shimura is a principal 2nd violinist of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a guest artist internationally, including Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, Solistas Mexico Japon, founded by Yuriko Kuronuma in Mexico and Karuizawa International Music Festival. Mr. Shimura, born in Chiba, Japan, began violin studies at the age of 6. In 1992, he moved to the United States to study with Lewis Kaplan. He received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Mannes College of Music and appeared as soloist with the Mannes Orchestra as a concerto competition winner in 1995. His music festival credits include Tanglewood, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Salzburg, Bowdoin and C.W. Post (LIU). His New York recital debut was at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as an Artists International Competition winner in 1996. Currently he is presenting solo recitals and performing chamber music in the United States, Latin America and Japan. He is a member of the faculty at The Waldorf School of Garden city, Greenwich House Music School in New York City and LIU Post Chamber Music Festival in Long Island. Formerly he was teaching assistant to Lewis Kaplan at the Juilliard School of Music’s Pre-college Division. His main violin teachers are Lewis Kaplan, Dale Stuckenbruck and Barry Lehr, and Pedro de Alcantara. He has recently released “Estampa” an album including short pieces for Violin and Piano all composed by Latin American Composers. www.hisaichishimura.wordpress.com

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