CHANGING THE WORLD ​ONE NOTE AT A TIME!

ABOUT GRACE NOTES MUSIC FOUNDATION

Founded in 2010, Founded in 2010, the Grace Notes Music Foundation began as an outreach program of the Jupiter Academy of Music whose purpose was the administration of the Makayla Joy Sitton Music Scholarships. Named after a joyful, talented music student who loved to play the piano, the scholarships were a way of honoring the life of Makayla Joy Sitton. Her family wanted to continue her legacy and love of music by making music lessons possible for children in need. And so, the Makayla Joy Sitton Music Scholarships were born. During the first year of operation, the program funded six scholarships. 

By 2011, the Makayla Joy Sitton Music Scholarships were in their second year and there were eight young students receiving music lessons and experiencing the joy of performing at a variety of community events.


THE MISSION OF GRACE NOTES MUSIC FOUNDATION

​Grace Notes Music Foundation is to provide exceptional music education and
performance opportunities for students from diverse cultural ethnic, racial and
​economic backgrounds and to sponsor community enriching music events. 

In September of that year, the newly christened Grace Notes Music Foundation received its 501(c)(3) designation and was ready to continue reaching out to the community by providing scholarships, music education, and other community enriching music programming. By August 2016, the number of scholarship recipients had increased to sixteen.

Our most ambitious project is the annual Carousel Concert-Thon. There is fun for the whole family from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. All of the proceeds from rides on the Carousel benefit the Grace Notes Music Foundation. Music students, local bands, and some familiar faces stop by to perform on 2 stages and as street musicians along the Boulevard of shops. Thanks to their hard work, the commitment of our sponsors (Jupiter Academy of Music, Kretzer Piano Music Foundation, and Downtown at the Gardens) this event is the largest of the year. The celebration continues and Grace Notes provides a FREE music to the community all day and into the evening. The Sixth Annual Carousel Concert-Thon will take place Saturday, February 18, 2017. 

In October 2016, the Grace Notes Music Foundation was the recipient of over $3,500 in proceeds from the 5th Annual Concert presented by the Jupiter Academy of Music at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace. This year’s eclectic concert as part of the Kretzer Piano’s Music for the Mind Series and featured the music of Bach & Billy Joel performed by students and faculty of the Jupiter Academy of Music. A highlight of the event was a collaboration with the Paris Ballet and Dance Conservatory. 

The Grace Notes Music Foundation has a bright future and a vision for growth in the years to come. Building on the cornerstone of our organization, the Makayla Joy Sitton Music Scholarships, the Foundation will continue to make music scholarships and music outreach programs available to children in need.
 
The Foundation will continue to grow and will always be grounded in our mission to provide exceptional music education and performance opportunities for students from diverse cultural, ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds and to sponsor community enriching music events.

​​Grace Notes Music Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization. Donations made are tax-deductible!
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​Music belongs to everyone! ​The mission of the Grace Notes Music Foundation is to provide exceptional music education and performance opportunities for students from diverse cultural, ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds and to sponsor community enriching music events.