Feeding the Soul Benefitting Banding Together in Summer 2016

“Where words fail, music speaks.” These words were penned hundreds of years ago by author Hans Christian Anderson and demonstrated how music can be used to help express hopes, dreams, feelings and thoughts. For individuals with special needs (like autism) who have great difficulty with communication and social skills, music can be an avenue where individuals with all abilities can express their emotions, connect verbally or non-verbally and participate in meaningful experiences with others. Research demonstrates that music engages many areas of brain and can be important in the development of language and social skills.

Unfortunately music-making experiences may not be available to individuals with special needs such as autism due to lack of financial resources. Often after age 22 the number of supported social and recreational services are very few. For three years, Banding Together’s Jam Session program has been bridging this gap for individuals with special needs such as autism at two locations in the local community. For example since inception, Jam Sessions have more than tripled in size. Beginning with 10 students/year in 2012, the program has grown to serve nearly 90 individuals/year. Banding Together’s long-term plan involves replicating this program in other locations across the country. There has been interest from the music therapy community to expanding Jam Sessions nationally. According to the California Department of Education, in 2010 there were approximately 57,273 individuals with special needs in San Diego County. Of that total, 23,544 are within are range of our programs. Our goal is to continue to meet the needs of this underserved special needs population in our community.

Founded in 2009, Banding Together’s mission is to bring music opportunities to individuals with special needs (such as autism and Down Syndrome) in our community. This is accomplished through key objectives that include providing: music therapy scholarships, free Jam Session programs, mentorships with musicians, and instruments. Since 2009, we have awarded 79 music therapy and adapted music lessons scholarships totaling $48,140. Since 2012, we have reached 122 individuals aged 13-24 in our Jam Session program, 56% who have autism. In our Camp Jam program (a music therapy based summer camp) we have served 80 elementary students with special needs.

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We are so excited that @barnwellshift will be performing at our Five Year Festival, which is less than two weeks away! Will you be there to jam out with us? #feedingthesoulfoundation #soulfulcelebration #sandiegoart #sandiegomusic #sandiego #celebrate #arts #culture #community

We are so excited that @barnwellshift will be performing at our Five Year Festival, which is less than two weeks away! Will you be there to jam out with us? #feedingthesoulfoundation #soulfulcelebration #sandiegoart #sandiegomusic #sandiego #celebrate #arts #culture #community

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We are so stoked about @jason_mraz and @codylovaas touring together! #feedingthesoulfoundation #music #arts #culture #community #sandiego

We are so stoked about @jason_mraz and @codylovaas touring together! #feedingthesoulfoundation #music #arts #culture #community #sandiego

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Hooray – it's Feeding the Soul Foundations 5th birthday!Thank you to all of the supporters, artists, sponsors, community members and friends that have made creative generosity possible. We couldn't be happier going into our 5th year with all of you by our side! Be sure to come out and celebrate with us on March 21 – cheers! Tunes: "I Raise Up" by @bushwalla #feedingthesoulfoundation #soulfulcelebration #community #sandiego

Hooray - it's Feeding the Soul Foundations 5th birthday!Thank you to all of the supporters, artists, sponsors, community members and friends that have made creative generosity possible. We couldn't be happier going into our 5th year with all of you by our side! Be sure to come out and celebrate with us on March 21 - cheers! Tunes: "I Raise Up" by @bushwalla #feedingthesoulfoundation #soulfulcelebration #community #sandiego

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It's almost party time! Make sure to get your tickets today for our Five Year Festival on March 21 – all proceeds will benefit @kaingamusic, a non-profit musical education organization specializing in steel pan drumming!

It's almost party time! Make sure to get your tickets today for our Five Year Festival on March 21 - all proceeds will benefit @kaingamusic, a non-profit musical education organization specializing in steel pan drumming!

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We're so excited that amazing friend and supporter of #feedingthesoulfoundation, @codylovaas, will be performing at our Five Year Festival this month! Tell us what your favorite song is by Cody #soulfulcelebration #sandiegoart #sandiegomusic #sandiego #celebrate #arts #culture #community

We're so excited that amazing friend and supporter of #feedingthesoulfoundation, @codylovaas, will be performing at our Five Year Festival this month! Tell us what your favorite song is by Cody #soulfulcelebration #sandiegoart #sandiegomusic #sandiego #celebrate #arts #culture #community

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Close friend and huge #feedingthesoulfoundation supporter @bushwalla will be the headliner at our Five Year Festival in March, and we couldn't be more excited or grateful. What's your favorite Bushwalla song? #soulfulcelebration #sandiegoart #sandiegomusic #sandiego #celebrate #arts #culture #community

Close friend and huge #feedingthesoulfoundation supporter @bushwalla will be the headliner at our Five Year Festival in March, and we couldn't be more excited or grateful. What's your favorite Bushwalla song? #soulfulcelebration #sandiegoart #sandiegomusic #sandiego #celebrate #arts #culture #community

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It's almost time to party! Join us on Saturday, March 21 for a soulful five year celebration at @goathillpark with performances by @bushwalla, @codylovaas and @barnwellshift! Head to our website to grab your tickets – see you all soon! #feedingthesoulfoundation #soulfulcelebration #fiveyearfestival

It's almost time to party! Join us on Saturday, March 21 for a soulful five year celebration at @goathillpark with performances by @bushwalla, @codylovaas and @barnwellshift! Head to our website to grab your tickets - see you all soon! #feedingthesoulfoundation #soulfulcelebration #fiveyearfestival

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We're approaching our 5th year of bringing the community together in the name of creative generosity, and we want to celebrate! We will be throwing a birthday bash on Saturday, March 21 – stay tuned for details! #soulfulcelebration #feedingthesoul #sandiegoevents #sandiegoart #sandiegomusic #sandiego #celebrate #arts #culture #community

We're approaching our 5th year of bringing the community together in the name of creative generosity, and we want to celebrate! We will be throwing a birthday bash on Saturday, March 21 – stay tuned for details! #soulfulcelebration #feedingthesoul #sandiegoevents #sandiegoart #sandiegomusic #sandiego #celebrate #arts #culture #community

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@codylovaas rocking a full house. Way to go!! #community

@codylovaas rocking a full house. Way to go!! #community

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