Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is made up of leaders in the world of music and the arts. Known for their thoughtfulness, social engagement and philanthropy, the Advisory Council ensures that Musicians Foundation will continue to strengthen its ability to change lives.

With a career spanning almost four decades, GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated artists of his era. Having performed with virtually every major orchestra in the world, Bell continues to maintain engagements as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, conductor and Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

As musicians, we realize that spending our lives making music is more than our profession. No matter what the style, or place, or context, the act of bringing music into being is a special calling. We are all linked. I am proud to stand with the Musicians Foundation, whose sole mission it has been for more than a century to take care of our fellow musicians and colleagues.

Internationally renowned pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter have performed in recitals and with symphonies in the major cities of the United States and Canada. Abroad, they have been presented in the music capitals of Europe. They are frequent guest artists at prominent summer music festivals both here and internationally.

My wife Cipa and I are honored to be a small part of the great history of the Musicians Foundation, whose work for over a century has helped our colleagues in their time of need. The foundation will continue to provide the essential support that is so necessary to those who have devoted their all to our cherished art.

Robert Lopez is an Oscar, Tony®, Emmy®, Grammy® winning songwriter and co-creator of the Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.” Kristen Anderson-Lopez is an Oscar-winning songwriter for film and television, who along with her husband, co-wrote songs for “Coco,” “Frozen,” and “Winnie the Pooh.”

We are so pleased to be a part the Musicians Foundation family. For 100 years they have been helping musicians in times of tragedy, crisis and severe adversity. This mission is dear to our hearts. There can be no music without musicians, and we recognize that any one of us could need help at some time. We feel honored to lend support to other artists through this compassionate and honorable organization.

An internationally renowned clarinet soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher, Jon Manasse is one of the premiere artists of his generation. He has been principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he continues to hold with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Along with his duo-partner, pianist Jon Nakamatsu, Jon Manasse is Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival.

Musicians Foundation is a storied organization whose defining characteristics of altruism, kindness, sympathy, understanding and compassion align perfectly with my own impulses and intentions, both personally and professionally. The timely and meaningful assistance to my musical colleagues throughout the United States is a compelling mission – and one to which I am happy and honored to devote my energy and support.

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, teacher, music educator, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Marsalis is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz.

For more than 100 years, Musicians Foundation has been a vital resource for musicians around the country. The Foundation’s efforts to provide financial support are not only crucial for the musicians, but for anyone who listens to the music they create. I am proud to participate in this institution that provides life-changing support to musicians across the country and across genres.

A National Medal of Arts recipient, Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.”

I joined the Musicians Foundation Advisory Council because I know the importance of assisting musicians in our world today. With very few safety nets for musicians in place, Musicians Foundation continues to help artists and their families during difficult times by paying essential bills so they can continue their pursuits. Play your part and join me in support of musicians and their families.