The Asbury Park Music Foundation (APMF) is extending a big thanks to the Asbury Park Music + Film Festival (APMFF) for their recent contribution.  The $100,000 total contribution will support Music Saved My Life youth music education initiatives, run as a partnership between the Asbury Park Music Foundation and Lakehouse Music Academy.

APMFF Board Members Tom Donovan, Tom Bernard and Adam Block presented two checks to APMF. The first check for $50,000 has been earmarked for the Beat Bus, the state-of-the-art mobile operating studio that made its debut at the 2018 film festival. The bus has provided music training to over 3,500 children in its first year.

A second check for $50,000 will further the Foundation’s mission of providing under-served youth with life-changing music education. Funds will support the after-school program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel school in Asbury Park and scholarships to summer music camps, among other youth programs.

The Asbury Park Music + Film Festival was launched in 2015 by the Asbury Park Music Foundation. APMFF has been a top fundraising source every year.

The Asbury Park Music Foundation has experienced significant growth in the past year, thanks to the increased funding from APMFF and new events such as the A Very Asbury Holiday Show. Corporate sponsors, foundations and individual donors have made it possible to impact hundreds of children annually. APMF Board Chairman Jim Lenskold said “Students learn more than music as they build confidence and forge relationships across income levels and ethnic backgrounds. New youth programs and partnerships with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth are extending the reach throughout Monmouth County.”