Friends of Music Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
Friends of Music Society is a non-profit, charitable organization at the Eric Martin Pavilion. We use music as the basis for rehabilitation and socialization programs that build partnerships between musicians with and without a mental illness. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun and supportive musical environment that also helps raise awareness and reduce stigma associated with mental illness in the community.
Our Story What We Do
Our name, Friends of Music Society, was carefully chosen to feature the various ensembles in terms of their members' strengths and abilities, rather than their illness.
When exposed to a performance by one of our ensembles, the public first encounters functionality not dysfunction, which tends to be the stereotypical image of the mentally ill.
The Friends of Music Society continues to meet its goal of maximizing the full potential for rehabilitation and integration of people with mental illness through supportive partnerships with individuals from the community who share a common interest in music. Have a look at our programs and consider a membership.
The mandate of the Friends of Music Society is one of public education, rehabilitation, socialization and creative employment strategies for persons with a mental illness.
Our music programs strive for the following goals:
- To offer musicians with a mental illness an opportunity to participate in a supportive musical environment.
- To maintain a successful partnership between members with a mental illness and those without.
- To have fun enjoying music and socializing with other members.
- To perform for the purpose of educating the public about mental illness.
Our Programs How We Do It
- Moodswing Orchestra — "Big Band Era" music
- Minds At Work — Rhythm and Blues
- Moodswing Chorus
- The Fun-damentals enhance musical skills
- The Eclectics instruments and voices
- Haywires Country Group
- Guitar Lessons
- Ukulele Program
- Community Concert Series
- Summer Tune-Up
Please visit our website for more program information.
What You Can Do
You can help us help vulnerable members of our society by making a donation, volunteering at the office or at one of our events, or by becoming an ambassador to help spread the word. To learn more about how you can support FOM check out our website.