The Asbury Park Music Foundation is proud to have been honored at this year’s Carousel Awards as Non-Profit of the Year. At the event, the Foundation debuted a 3-minute video on its role as an integral part of the community’s revival since it began in 2011, and where it is headed in the future.

APMF provides under-served youth with life-changing music education, helps the local music scene thrive and unites a diverse community through music. Our showcase events bring out the community and attract visitors while generating funds from corporate sponsors, individual donors and ticket sales.

The cornerstone of our events are the highly successful weekly summer concert series Music Mondays at Springwood Park, Asbury Park Live! and Asbury Park Concert Band. This summer’s concerts are slated to start the week of June 24 and run for ten weeks. This past year also featured a popular Sunday Sessions series of acoustic storyteller shows and introduced monthly hip hop shows with Suburbia Friday Nights. One of our most significant accomplishments was bringing a holiday show back to the city after a two-decade absence. The sold-out, A Very Asbury Holiday Show, held at the Paramount Theater, raised substantial funds for the Music Foundation as well as the Boys and Girls Club, Jewish Family and Children’s Service and the AP Toy Drive. The successful show is already on the calendar for December 8, 2019.

Support from event fundraisers, non-profit foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors makes it possible to maintain and grow our Music Saved My Life youth education programs run in partnership with Lakehouse Music Academy. This includes in-school music education, after-school music programs and scholarships to top-level, personalized training at Lakehouse for youth in need. In the past year, we introduced the Beat Bus mobile studio/classroom, a Latin Music Experience program, two new summer camps, a genre-blending group and an audio tech program.  Additional information on the Foundation’s programs and events are available at

Check out our video which debuted at the recent awards gala:

Special thanks to Jacob Vernick, Alberto Engeli, Ryan Gaumond, Michael Vernick and Jeri Houseworth for their work on the video.