Important news, events, press and media entries relating to Musicians Foundation can all be found below.

This fall, the Musicians Foundation was honored by the support of  Rooftop Theatre Collaborative, who generously donated 20% of the proceeds from their October production of the musical “Tick, Tick… BOOM!” to the Foundation.  Rooftop, a non-profit theatre group from Trenton, NJ, donates a fifth of the revenue from every show they produce to charity, and chose the Musicians Foundation for “Tick, Tick… BOOM!” because of its work supporting musicians who struggle through financial hardship.  Jonathan Larson, the writer/composer of “Tick, Tick… BOOM!”, famously lived for years in poverty, waiting tables in New York City as he toiled on his magnum opus, the semi-autobiographical musical “Rent.”  Larson tragically passed away on the evening before the first public performance of “Rent,” at the age of just 35.

Jim Petro (left) and Jaci d’Ulisse (right) present Executive Director B.C. Vermeersch (center) with Rooftop Theatre’s generous donation

On November 9, Jim Petro and Jaci d’Ulisse  presented the Musicians Foundation with a check for $410.00.  Thanks so much to Jim and Jaci for helping us keep American musicians from suffering the types of financial hardships that plagued Jonathan Larson!

In response to the massive flooding that took place this past August in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Musicians Foundation provided financial aid to local musicians effected by this terrible event. A joint effort by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and multiple charities nationwide resulted in some much needed relief, see below:

BRSO UPDATE

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BRSO THANK YOU:

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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 is honored to be awarded and chosen by AMP, the Association of Music Producers, to be recipients of a portion of proceeds from their annual creative competition! See the press release below for more details:

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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