Sandra Baran, Provided to The Courier Newsweekly
9:02 a.m. ET March 2, 2017

​The Grace Notes Music Foundation raised $24,500 for music scholarships and programs for kids at the 6th Annual Carousel Concert-Thon on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Downtown at the Gardens, in Palm Beach Gardens.

This event provided a day of free live music and family fun for the community, and was the biggest event of the year for the Grace Notes Music Foundation.

Organizers of the event said they were grateful to its Maestro Sponsors — Jupiter Academy of Music, Kretzer Piano, and Downtown at the Gardens — for making the day possible.

Pledges raised by performers on the Centre Court Stage, fundraising by the Grace Notes Teen Team, and donations received at the event will help the foundation continue to grow and provide more music scholarships and programming for underserved children in the community.

Makayla Joy Sitton Music Scholarships

The Makayla Joy Sitton Music Scholarships were established in memory of a joyful, talented music student who loved to play the piano.

At this year’s Carousel Concert-Thon, there was a special time to celebrate her life at the “Grace Notes Hour.” The 16 students receiving scholarships this year performed. A special thanks was given to the Loxahatchee Club Educational Foundation, IBM and the private donors who made these scholarships possible.

In September, the Grace Notes Music Foundation will celebrate its sixth anniversary as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The foundation administers the Makayla Joy Sitton Music Scholarships and provides 16 students with music lessons.

Community outreach

In addition, the community outreach of the foundation provides the Summer Scholars Program, Concerts for Kids, the Teen Team, Summer Music Day Camps and Instrument Assistance Grants.

As it grows, the Grace Notes Music Foundation’s mission 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.and its donors.
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Sandra Baran, Provided to the Courier Weekly
Published 12:00 a.m. ET Oct. 5, 2017

​JAM XV, the 6th Annual Kretzer Piano's "Music for the Mind" Concert, is coming to the Harriet Himmel Theater, at 700 South Rosemary Avenue in West Palm Beach.

This benefit concert, celebrating 15 years of excellence in music education, will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 by students, alumni, faculty and string orchestra of the Jupiter Academy of Music and special guests.

This will include the Paris Ballet and Dance of Jupiter.
Proceeds will benefit the Grace Notes Music Foundation, which was founded for the purpose of administering the Makayla Joy Sitton Music Scholarships.

The scholarships

These scholarships provide annual private music lessons based on financial need and musical aptitude.

The scholarships remain the cornerstone of the Foundation, which has grown to include band camp scholarships, summer camp programs, instrument assistance grants and the Grace Notes Teen Team.

JAM XV, the 6th Annual Kretzer Piano's "Music for the Mind" Concert, will raise money for scholarships for 18 students. Pictured is a student playing the piano in last year's performance.
The foundation

Since 2011, when the Foundation received nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, the mission has been 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.

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Grace Notes Foundation's Events and Performances Mentioned in Other Publications

Things To Do!: Time to hang with a superhero
Jeff Alexander, Special to The Courier Newsweekly
12:04 a.m. EDT October 13, 2016

There’s a chance to go to anee black belt); Kevin Fruge and Howard Freedland (both 2nd degree black belts). Students also will be introduced to Adult Self Defense in this physically interactive class.

Comfortable clothes and shoes should be worn. Cost is $15 for residents/$19 for non-residents in advance; $20 for residents/$25 for non-residents on the day of the class. Instructors will donate their proceeds to the Not Just Me Foundation.

For more information, call 561-741-2400.

Movie in the Park

The Tequesta Parks and Recreation’s next Movie in the Park, “Ice Age” (rated G), will be Saturday, Oct. 15, at Constitution Park, 399 Seabrook Road, Tequesta.
Things To Do!: Time to hang with a superhero
The gate opens at 4:30 p.m.; movie starts at dusk. Attendees should enter at the Dover Road gate.
Admission is free to Tequesta residents (bring proof of residency); cost is $5 for non-residents; $1 for non-residents ages 62 and older. Children younger than 3 are free.
All Movies in the Park are weather-permitting. For more information, call 561-768-0470.

Bach and Billy
The Jupiter Academy of Music will present “Bach and Billy” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 as part of the ongoing Kretzer Piano Foundation's Music for the Mind concert series at The Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace in downtown West Palm Beach.

The concert will feature over 45 performers from a string orchestra to a rock band. The musicians will perform music by Bach, Beethoven, other classical composers and will conclude with a special tribute to the music of  Billy Joel.
All funds raised will benefit programs of the Grace Notes Music Foundation (GNMF). This year, GNMF has funded 16 individual Makayla Joy Sitton scholarships for music lessons, awarded six summer scholarships to local middle school students for band camps, purchased concert tickets for underprivileged youth, purchased instruments for financially stressed students and given interactive music performances for children.

The Paris Ballet Conservatory dancers will join the Jupiter Academy of Music students and faculty.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased by calling 561-747-6878 or visiting

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12:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

Sea Grass Grow Charity Benefit, Salt Water Brewery, Reef Room
Celebrate Mother Ocean in this event benefiting the Sea Grass Grow project from The Ocean Foundation. This group replants sea grass beds to offset carbon footprints and nourish the ecosystem. Proceeds of Sea Cow Milk Stout as well as raffle prizes will benefit the foundation.
The event is 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. 1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Free.

“Question Bridge: Black Males” exhibition opening, Norton Museum of Art
A five-channel video display initiated in 2012 to provide a platform for an authentic exchange about life in America for black men. It reveals a rarely seen diversity of thought, character, and identity. On display through Dec. 18.
The exhibit opens Tuesday. 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Free. Information:

Taste of CityPlace, CityPlace
This event will feature food and cocktail tastings along with live music and more. Guests are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
The event is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. Advance $20, day of event $25. Information:

“Bach n’ Billy,” Harriet Himmel Theater
Presented by the Jupiter Academy of Music, the concert will feature over 45 performers from a string orchestra to a rock band.
The performance is 7 p.m. Tuesday. 600 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. Adults $10, students $5. Information:

Zebra, Arts Garage
The trio of Randy, Guy, and Felix make up this rock and roll juggernaut. With influences including Zeppelin, Moody Blues, Rush and Yes be prepared to get rocked.
Shows are 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday. 94 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets start at $45. Information: