As we begin another November, we take the time to reflect and be grateful for the many gifts we have been given. Here at South Florida Music, we are thankful for our ability to make and share music with those that we love!
This past weekend, much music was shared as Friends of South Florida Music (FSFM) celebrated its 2nd Annual Fall Alumni Benefit Performances on Saturday, November 3rd, and Sunday, November 4th. The weekend began with over 25 musicians performing live at The Fish House on Saturday evening between 5:00-11:00pm. These musicians went above and beyond to provide musical entertainment for the guests. Many, for the first time, provided 20-30 minutes of solo background music in the front room of the restaurant. Then, they were accompanied by the FSFM Jazz and Jeans Band in the restaurant’s backroom. FSFM is deeply grateful for the generosity of Bill Galliford (keyboard), John Snider (drums), Rafael Valencia (bass guitar) to not only offer their talent and time, but also their hearts as they continuously mentor another generation of musicians. Visit FSFM’s YouTube page to enjoy more of the music from the FSFM Jazz and Jeans Performance.
Next on Sunday, FSFM held an afternoon of music at Christ Congregational Church with 35 young musicians in attendance. These musicians played every genre of music to a standing room only audience. A celebratory bouquet was presented to Samantha Meador, a senior and Silver Knight nominee at Miami Arts Studio 6-12 School. Samantha first joined Dr. Joy’s piano studio at the age of nine. As an alumni, she has been a private piano student of Dr. Joy’s for over eight years. Samantha shared the importance of music in her life journey and how it has taught her perseverance and provided inspiration to not only herself but others. She and the other talented individuals presented selections showcasing their musical accomplishments for an appreciative audience. Enjoy the performance video of Samantha here.
Both events were free and open to the public. Throughout the performances, information was shared about the positive impact of music on not only those performing, but the benefits that could be extended to underserved populations in our community through the work of FSFM. Attendees were invited to offer their financial support either at the events or by making a donation on Give Miami Day.
The FSFM foundation is focused on providing music education to underserved communities of South Florida. Scholarships are awarded to children in our South Florida Music program through this organization. Over the past year, FSFM was able to provide 26 scholarships and provide 19 classrooms in underserved schools with 12 weeks of musical instruction. With your generosity, we hope to expand this to 25 in the coming year. There is no better time to donate than on Give Miami Day, sponsored by the Miami Foundation.
We at South Florida Music are thankful for each of you and your families, and ask each of you to mark Thursday, November 15th in your calendars. Set a reminder and extend your thankfulness for music by visiting www.givemiamiday.org, selecting Friends of South Florida Music, and providing a tax deductible donation of any size. On the date, you can also use this direct link to Friends of South Florida Music. Three, one-minute challenges will be conducted during this 24-hour online giving day. During each of minutes your donation of $25-$100 can be matched 100%. However, you must be ready at the onset of the minute, as all 2017 matching challenges ended 18 seconds into the minute due to the pool of money expiring. Be sure to follow Friends of South Florida Music on Facebook and Instagram, as additional information including minute challenges will be shared as the date approaches. We thank you in advance for your support on November 15th!