Asbury Park Music Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary with concerts throughout the year
Happy Birthday, Asbury Park Music Foundation.
The APMF, which supports music programs for children in and around Asbury Park and also hosts concerts in the area, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its founding with a year of celebrations and live music events.
Up first is a new downtown acoustic music series called Cookman Avenue Live! which begins Memorial Day weekend with shows at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 28 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 30 on a stage across from the Parlor Gallery on the 700 city block. The series is presented by APMF and the City of Asbury Park as part of the City’s ReOpen Asbury Park initiative.
Later, the Music Mondays at Springwood Park series, which marks a return of live music to the historic West Side of Asbury Park, begins its 6th season at 6 p.m. on June 28 with a performance by the city’s famous jazzman. Dorian Parreott and his group DP Jazz followed by Layonne Holmes and Motor City Revue inspired by Motown. The series will continue every Monday through August 31, a Tuesday, with a Sensational Soul Cruisers finale.
In the fall, the Sunday on St. John’s musical series, which features intimate performances on St. John’s Island located at Sunset Lake off Grand Avenue in Asbury Park, will return. Steve Forbert, Glen Burtnik, Pat Guadagno, Jackson Pines, Emily Grove, Sandy Mack, Connor Myers and more will be performing.
The events raise funds for APMF programs, including Music Saved My Life, run in partnership by APMF, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County and the town’s Lakehouse Music Academy. The program uses music and video projects to teach children about multimedia production skills and the value of teamwork. In 2019, APMF was named one of four recipients of the 2019 Impact 100 Jersey Coast High Impact Grants of $ 110,000. The grant funded a new music business and technology youth program, an extension of Music Saved My Life.
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The work of APMF-funded students was exhibited at the city’s transparent Danny Clinch Gallery during Clinch’s âUnseenâ show. The Instagram effect, which was created using augmented reality, can be activated by visitors to the show on their phones.
âThe challenges we have faced since the pandemic struck have led to increased efforts to creatively continue to deliver our life-changing programs for the children of Asbury Park,â said Tom Donovan, Chairman of the Board of administration of the APMF and former publisher of Asbury. Park Press. âWithout their regular school attendance and social connections, these high-risk children found themselves in more difficult situations and in some cases APMF programs kept them on track in school, socially and mentally. When we say âMusic saved my lifeâ, that’s not just our slogan; it’s a reminder that our efforts are meaningful in so many ways within our community. In a year when donations from corporations, foundations and individuals were scarce, we have remained true to our commitment to provide these children with courses and programs that provide a path to a better life and a better professional future.
A new scholarship founded in the name of Tom Gilmour, APMF’s first president, by members of his family will allow Asbury Park students to study music. This is called the Thomas Gilmour Music Saved My Life Scholarship.
The sale of âMusic Saved Asbury Parkâ t-shirts, which are seen on stars and locals, also benefits APMF. Donations to the APMF are accepted online at AsburyParkMusicLives.org/donate and the online catalog of goods is available at AsburyParkMusicLives.org/shop. Visit AsburyParkMusicLives.org for more information.
The Asbury Park Music Foundation was established after the city was chosen as the first host city for the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling musical heritage exhibit, âNew Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Musicâ.
âWe are still in uncharted waters and as new challenges arise we will do our utmost to meet them,â Donovan said. “We just need the continued financial support from the community to be able to deliver these life changing programs for children.”
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Chris Jordan, originally from Jersey Shore, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network, New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]