I'll Fly Away Foundation

I'll Fly Away Foundation Improving children's lives through music. Preserving our musical heritage for the next generation. Educating children with school tours and scholarships to students wanting to make music their career.

I'll Fly Away Foundation will raise funds to preserve American musical heritage in all styles and forms by providing scholarships for those choosing music as a profession. IFAF believes music education is key to the success of our preservation mission and will conduct demonstration tours to schools of all levels to educate the next generation about the musical roots and traditions of America.

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Watching a child brainstorm and think of reasons they love something is such a joy. It's even better when it's put into ...
02/18/2021

Watching a child brainstorm and think of reasons they love something is such a joy. It's even better when it's put into a song! #ThrowbackThursday #IFAF

02/16/2021

Grammy nominee HAIM is an all-female band from Los Angeles. These three sisters have always had music flowing through their veins. Their latest album "Women in Music III" is nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys, as well as for Best Rock Performance.

Go and check out HAIM wherever you listen to music

We sure can’t wait to get back to bringing music into the classroom and seeing these smiling faces again! #throwbackthur...
02/11/2021

We sure can’t wait to get back to bringing music into the classroom and seeing these smiling faces again! #throwbackthursday #ifaf

SODY is a singer-songwriter out of West London. "Raw, authentic, and relatable" is the perfect way to describe her music...
02/09/2021

SODY is a singer-songwriter out of West London. "Raw, authentic, and relatable" is the perfect way to describe her music. As a singer-songwriter, she pulls experiences from her own life and gives her a way to connect to each of her listeners.

Go and check out her latest EP "Real Growth Takes Time"

#TalentTuesday #IFAF

“I'm in awe of the Black artists, then and now, who all asked themselves that question within the turbulence of their li...
02/07/2021
Medcalf: Minnesota artists uphold, demonstrate the timeless power of Black music

“I'm in awe of the Black artists, then and now, who all asked themselves that question within the turbulence of their lives before deciding their art was essential and the only irrefutable documentation of our story. They had to make music.”

In honor of Black History Month, check out this article about the power that african american music holds.

https://m.startribune.com/medcalf-minnesota-artists-uphold-demonstrate-the-timeless-power-of-black-music/600019975/?clmob=y&c=n

Follow the StarTribune for the news, photos and videos from the Twin Cities and beyond.

Did you know that music education relieves stress and agitation in students? Nothing is better than seeing the smiling f...
02/04/2021

Did you know that music education relieves stress and agitation in students?

Nothing is better than seeing the smiling faces of students when music enters the classroom!
#throwbackthurday #IFAF

Natalie Hembry is a strong name in country music. She has written for legends such as Kelly Clarkson,  Miranda Lambert, ...
02/02/2021

Natalie Hembry is a strong name in country music. She has written for legends such as Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Lady A, JOHNNYSWIM, Lee Ann Womack, and so many more. Now, she is writing for herself.

Make sure you go and check out her debut album Puxico!

#TalentTuesday #IFAF #ifafmusic

The National Museum of African American Music officially opened its doors to the public in Nashville, Tn and Sony has a ...
01/31/2021
How Sony Music Group Is Promoting Diversity Through Music Education

The National Museum of African American Music officially opened its doors to the public in Nashville, Tn and Sony has a mission to help diversify the field through music education.

“Sony Music Group is honored to partner with the National Museum of African American Music to introduce the new Sony Music Scholars Black Music Certification Program and Scholarship. The education program is underwritten by our Global Social Justice Fund and will focus on the history of Black music and business, and bring a new generation of creators and change agents into the industry.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andreazarczynski/2021/01/18/how-sony-music-group-is-promoting-diversity-through-music-education/

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) officially opened its doors today during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Nashville.

Engaging children in the beauty and art of music is such a joy, and also brings them so much joy. We cannot wait to see ...
01/28/2021

Engaging children in the beauty and art of music is such a joy, and also brings them so much joy. We cannot wait to see more kids take part in the joy that music provides!
#ThrowbackThursday #IFAF

“Clinical music therapy is the only professional, research-based discipline that actively applies supportive science to ...
01/24/2021
Music therapy: 5 things you might not know about how it works, helps

“Clinical music therapy is the only professional, research-based discipline that actively applies supportive science to the creative, emotional, and energizing experiences of music for health treatment and educational goals.”

Check out this article about how music therapy works and helps our brain, as well as much more. #IFAF

https://www.starnewsonline.com/story/news/2020/12/29/music-therapy-helps-stress-lets-people-express-themselves/4039145001/

Many listen to music for fun or to express themselves, but music can also be used therapeutically to address the needs of individuals.

Did you know that a recent study reports that music training improves cognitive and non cognitive skills more than twice...
01/21/2021

Did you know that a recent study reports that music training improves cognitive and non cognitive skills more than twice as much as sports, theater, or dance?

This is one of the reasons we are so thankful to be able to teach kids and cannot wait to see where these students go #throwbackthursday

This week, we want to highlight The Brummies. They are an independent group composed of John Davidson, Jacob Bryant, and...
01/19/2021

This week, we want to highlight The Brummies. They are an independent group composed of John Davidson, Jacob Bryant, and Trevor Davis. They take inspiration from The Beatles, John Lennon, My Morning Jacket as well as others.

Check out their albums “Eternal Reach” and “Automatic World”

Today only Walmart is matching donations from employees and customers to non-profits!Give through their portal and searc...
01/18/2021
Walmart MLK Day 2021 Giving Event

Today only Walmart is matching donations from employees and customers to non-profits!Give through their portal and search for I’ll Fly Away Foundation.

TODAY ONLY: With the help of their associates, friends, families, and customers, Walmart is generously giving back to organizations like I’ll Fly Away Foundation!

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s lifelong commitment to servant leadership, Walmart is hosting a one-day, online MLK Day of Giving matching campaign for U.S. Walmart, Sam's Club, and brand family associates as well as any customer.

Through midnight tonight, Walmart will match $2 for every $1 (up to $2 million) donated to the Walmart Spark Fund for Charities at CAF America by any customer.

Head here to donate --> Walmart.com/DayofGiving

https://content.cybergrants.com/wmt/index.html

Thanks to the generosity of our associates and customers, Walmart is pleased to announce that we've met the maximum campaign match for the MLK Day of Giving.

01/17/2021
It’s true – music really does make students smarter, and this study proves it

“Last year, a music educator set out to disprove any relationship between students’ musical and academic achievement... And the results of his study ended up doing just the opposite.”

Music education is vital to an increase in a child’s success

https://amp.classicfm.com/discover-music/music-education/music-makes-students-better-reading-maths/

It’s true – music really does make students smarter, and this study proves it 15 January 2021, 13:03 Study proves music makes students smarter. Picture: Getty By Maddy Shaw Roberts We’ve all heard of the ‘Mozart effect’ on children – and now, this study appears to confirm a strong relati...

“music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child’s world of possibility” m...
01/15/2021

“music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child’s world of possibility”

music education is what we love and it makes us so happy to think about what it means for these kids #flashbackfriday

Supporting other artists is something we love to do. In doing this, we want to start supporting artist from multiple gen...
01/12/2021

Supporting other artists is something we love to do. In doing this, we want to start supporting artist from multiple genres on our page.

This week, we want to highlight Tom the MailMan. He is an alternative hip hop/ r&b artist who writes and produces his own music. He is a 22 year old from Atlanta and takes influences from Kevin Abstract and other members of Brockhampton.

Check out his song Traveling Alone and the rest of his catalog

We sure do miss being in classrooms with all of these wonderful students #throwbackthursday
01/07/2021

We sure do miss being in classrooms with all of these wonderful students #throwbackthursday

This weeks #TeamTuesday highlights our new intern, Alyssa. Alyssa is from Middle Tennessee and is a Media Management Stu...
01/05/2021

This weeks #TeamTuesday highlights our new intern, Alyssa. Alyssa is from Middle Tennessee and is a Media Management Student at Middle Tennessee State University. She says, “this organization is so special and I am so grateful to get to be a part of it.” She is in charge of our social media and brainstorms ideas and creates content. Music is a big part of her life and a major passion of hers. “I love the way that songwriters are able to put their own personal stories into songs that then large groups of people can also relate to. It makes me feel seen and heard in the things I am also going through.”

01/01/2021

Happy New Year to you all. We wish you a safe, healthy and prosperous 2021.

Congratulations to our intern Mariana! She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) this semester. We’re ...
12/23/2020

Congratulations to our intern Mariana! She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) this semester. We’re proud of you and we know you’re going to be doing something great. Your efforts with our social media were exceptional. Best of luck on your future! #ifafmusic

This week’s #TeamTuesday takes us to our intern Mariana. Mariana is from a small town in Michigan and moved to Nashville almost three years ago. She is a Senior at Middle Tennessee State University studying Music Business and will be graduating in December. When she was 12 years old, she began to take guitar lessons and ever since then she has fallen in love with music. From there she began to write her own music and enjoyed going concerts, and festivals. As she got older, Mariana soon realized that music was a major role in her life, and that she wanted to pursue it as a career. Living in music city has been so inspiring for her. She has been interning with the I’ll Fly Away Foundation for two months, and she says, “From the moment that I started, I soon realized the importance and impact that it has not only in the classroom but for everyone involved. I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of such an amazing foundation”. Mariana is responsible for creating and coming with ideas for all of the social media accounts. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with friends, travel, and write music. #IFAFMusic

12/18/2020
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Yesterday marked the 247th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. A few years ago a group of 5th Graders at Noel Elementary School wrote this song from the perspective of King George III. #IFAFMusic #tbt

https://www.facebook.com/supportIFAF/videos/944103739318723/?vh=e

On December 16, 1773 Samuel Adams led the Son's of Liberty to what is now know as the Boston Tea Party. Last fall, Mrs. Rogers 5th Grade at Noel Elementary School wrote this song from the perspective of King George. Take a minute and listen to "King George's Revenge"

Check out this article from Frontiers in Psychology and how they discuss the emotional responses in music! https://www.f...
12/14/2020
Emotional Responses to Music: Shifts in Frontal Brain Asymmetry Mark Periods of Musical Change

Check out this article from Frontiers in Psychology and how they discuss the emotional responses in music!
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02044/full

Recent studies have demonstrated increased activity in brain regions associated with emotion and reward when listening to pleasurable music. Unexpected change in musical features intensity and tempo – and thereby enhanced tension and anticipation – is proposed to be one of the primary mechanisms...

This weeks Team Tuesday bring us to Russ! Russ and his wife, Heidi, live in Bella Vista, and have been residents of Nort...
12/09/2020

This weeks Team Tuesday bring us to Russ! Russ and his wife, Heidi, live in Bella Vista, and have been residents of Northwest Arkansas for nearly 20 years. They have four beautiful children, three girls and one boy, who they love dearly and are very proud of. Russ is a Financial Advisor and serves as Resident Director of the Merrill Lynch office in Rogers. Russ as been involved as a supporter, advocate, and board member with The I'll Fly Away Foundation ever since he was first introduced to Kevin and Betsy, and learned about the mission to provide music education. He says” I feel strongly that music helps children develop and learn in many areas of school and life. I'm excited for the future of the Foundation, as the potential reach of music education provided to students continues to expand through IFAF”. In his spare time he collects and attempts to play various guitars.

#IFAFMusic #TeamTuesday

12/04/2020

Throwback to 2014 and we were wrapping up our first year working with the 3rd grades of McDonald County School District.

This week’s #TeamTuesday takes us to Bruce Phillips. Bruce H. Phillips graduated from the University of Arkansas School ...
12/02/2020

This week’s #TeamTuesday takes us to Bruce Phillips. Bruce H. Phillips graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1993 and immediately moved to Nashville to work in the Music Row office of Little Rock based Jack, Lyon & Jones, P.A. He acquired that firm’s boutique practice in 2007 and is now the owner of The Law Office of Bruce H. Phillips, PLLC. Bruce has spent his entire career on Music Row, where he represents recording artists, songwriters, producers, record labels, music publishers and other members of the entertainment community in transactional matters and civil litigation. His clients have included artists such as Lynard Skynard, Kenny Rogers, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Carrie Underwood, and The Oak Ridge Boys. Bruce was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1993 and to the Tennessee Bar in 1994 and is a frequent speaker and author on entertainment and intellectual property related subjects. Bruce is a Board Member for the I’ll Fly Away Foundation and also serves as legal counsel to IFAF. Bruce says “What I love about IFAF is that it exposes children to the craft of songwriting at a crucial stage in their development. At its core, songwriting is the combination of poetry and melody. Some students discover a natural talent and love for the process during the IFAF experience. It’s those moments that make IFAF a special organization”. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar and exploring the mountains and streams in Tennessee and Arkansas.
#IFAFMusic #TeamTuesday

Happy Thanksgiving! Even in a year as crazy as 2020, we have so much to be thankful for. We're thankful for our health, ...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! Even in a year as crazy as 2020, we have so much to be thankful for. We're thankful for our health, our family and friends, the opportunity to work with kids from all over the world and the support from all of you. We are very grateful. What are you thankful for this year?

This weeks Team Tuesday brings us to Derek Champagne! ...Derek Champagne is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of ...
11/24/2020

This weeks Team Tuesday brings us to Derek Champagne!
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Derek Champagne is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience developing effective marketing campaigns. Derek shares his story of growing up from humble beginnings, on stage at age of 3, his years as a Hollywood musician, and his diverse journey to get where he is today. He is the Founder & CEO of The Artist Evolution, A full service agency building memorable brands, marketing tools and campaigns for startups to household brands. Derek is also the author of the best-selling marketing book: Don't Buy a Duck and the host of the popular Business Leadership Series podcast, that also airs as a weekly business show on ESPN radio regionally. Derek is also a published musician with contributions on soundtracks that have been featured on ABC, MTV, Bravo, E!, and Oxygen. We are proud to say that Derek serves the I’ll Fly Away Foundation as a board member. Derek says “I'm passionate about seeing young people discover the power of music. Music was a key outlet for me as a child and led me to life long friendships, and life changing adventures”. In his spare time Derek likes to spend quality time with his family, and play music.
#IFAFMusic #TeamTuesday

Music can help in more ways than you may know! #IFAFMusic
11/23/2020
10 Health Benefits of Music

Music can help in more ways than you may know! #IFAFMusic

Music has the power to move us emotionally—and may even have a role in improving our health.

For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday we go back to our first year in the classroom. These students at Noel Elementary Scho...
11/20/2020

For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday we go back to our first year in the classroom. These students at Noel Elementary School were eager to write songs with us. We looking forward to being back in the classroom someday. #IFAFMusic #tbt

For this weeks Team Tuesday we have Candy Lee. Candy grew up in the swamps of Florida but heard the call of the mountain...
11/18/2020

For this weeks Team Tuesday we have Candy Lee. Candy grew up in the swamps of Florida but heard the call of the mountains even as a girl. She later found home nestled in the Ozarks of Arkansas, where she chiseled out a name for herself as one of the area's most prominent, award-winning folk-roots musicians. Candy Lee was the 2011 Northwest Arkansas Music Award Winner for Best Female Singer/Songwriter and Best Female Vocalist in a Band. Candy Lee was 2018’s winner of the Ozark Regional Songwriter Showcase. Her duo, Melody Pond was nominated for the 2018 Arkansas Country Music Awards for Best Acoustic Act, where they performed Candy Lee's song, "Here in Arkansas". On top of being an artist and songwriter she is also a songwriter for the I’ll Fly Away Foundation.
#IFAFMusic #TeamTuesday

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We’re teaching songwriting to students in 3rd through 5th grades and they’re writing songs based on their curriculum.

Since our founding in 2012, the I’ll Fly Away Foundation has brought our music program to more than 3,200 students. We worked with a team of experts to create a curriculum that brings songwriting into the classrooms for one hour per day for a week.

In the fall of 2014, the I’ll Fly Away Foundation launched the “You Can Fly” Songwriting program into the 3rd grades of the McDonald County R-1 School District in rural McDonald County, Missouri. Building on the success of the program, the I’ll Fly Away Foundation expanded the songwriting program to the 5th grade as well.

The “You Can Fly” Songwriting Program is more than your normal music program. It not only builds teamwork, it works on the entire writing process from start to finish. The tools we are teaching them will be something that they’ll be using for the rest of their lives. Our songwriter guides them through brainstorming, creating an outline, writing a draft, editing and rewriting. The program proved to be so popular that this past fall 100% attendance was achieved every day the program was in class. One day a little boy cried because he had to leave early.

This process has had tremendous results in both the academic and social lives of the students. Since 2014, we have seen a rise of 3.9% proficiency in Mathematics, 8.1% in Literacy/Reading and 18% in Science. The only difference in their curriculum in this timeframe is the “You Can Fly” Songwriting Program. This increase in proficiency was far above the estimated increase for the district provided by the state of Missouri. The state based their estimate on the demographics of McDonald County.


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I would love to see this two great songwriters perform in NWA: Brad Cunningham aka Brad Cunningham Band out of Columbia, MO and Caitlyn Canty out of Vermont
The dates for the 2018 Power of Music Festival are set and now it’s our turn to work on spreading the word in our community about this awesome event. One addition we would like to add to promote next year’s event is to put together a ‘Street Team’ to blitz the towns making our community members aware. Starting the first of the year we want small groups to attend different events throughout NWA with postcards to hand out to bring more awareness to the festival that supports a great cause. Before we move forward with an action plan we are wanting to see how many individuals would be interested in helping out and joining the POM Street Team?