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VISTA Support Expands Kids in a New Groove (KING)

Another reason why music matters for Texas

Thanks to the support of VISTA Emily Deer, KING has been able to expand their services and resources in a number of ways. As a result of Emily’s hard work, Lessons are the Lifeline, KING’s core program, has successfully expanded out of Travis County into Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. Emily has also been involved in grant-writing efforts to broaden the financial resources for Lessons are the Lifeline. Emily has also been instrumental in developing the system to manage a community of 80 volunteer music teachers across the state, and she’s currently busy recruiting more highly skilled music instructors to be mentors for the increasing number of students. Emily has also worked to develop a system of coordinating with the Department of Child Protective Services and foster care agencies throughout Texas for student intakes and retention. Emily’s day can include anything from soliciting gifts to designing marketing materials, to helping find ways to pick up instruments for teachers.

Thanks to Emily and KING, children and teens in foster care are able to overcome the effects of early childhood abuse and neglect through the structure and therapy of music mentorship.

Program connects foster kids to music, life lessons

From the American Statesman | September 2012

For Josh Moore, “Music is not so much expression of life as it is and life as it should be. It’s life as you want it to be.”

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Music for the Soul: Michael Franti spearheads KING fundraiser Thursday

From theaustinchronicle.com | September 2012 To Michael Franti, the topic of children in foster care is a personal one. Consquently, when he was approached by Karyn Scott to play for Kids In a New Groove Thursday at the Long Center, the only answer was “yes.” KING provides private one-on-one music mentorship to kids in the Texas foster care system.

Michael Franti @ KUT 9/20/2012

From KUT.org | September 2012 Michael Franti isn’t easy to pin down, musically. He and his band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, play an interesting blend of hip-hop, funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock. However, he’s a lot easier to pin down when it comes to musical mood. His latest album, The Sound of Sunshine, sounds exactly how you would expect sunshine to. It’s bright, it’s happy, and it wraps you up in its positivity and optimistic energy. Michael Franti & Spearhead have been going strong as a band since 1994, touring across the country and recording together. Michael Franti & Spearhead will be in Austin on Thursday, playing a show at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. They stopped by KUT to play live in Studio 1A. Check it out below! http://kut.org/2012/09/michael-franti-in-studio-1a-92012-2pm/

Michael Franti & Spearhead bring “Sunshine” to Austin – Music for the Soul Event will Benefit Foster Youth

From PRweb | July 2012 | Also seen in Houston Chronicle and Yahoo News. Kids in a New Groove, the pioneering Austin charity that seeks to change the lives of foster youth through music mentorship, announced today that Michael Franti & Spearhead will headline their annual Music for the Soul fundraising event on September 20, 2012 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin. The event will feature general admission concert tickets, in addition to limited VIP tickets that include a pre-party, dinner at the Long Center with renowned DJ Chicken George, cocktails throughout the night and premium concert seating.

Nonprofit keeps foster children in tune with music lessons

From Community Impact Newspaper | June 2012 Karyn Scott spent years as a prosecutor watching foster youth going through the legal system. Scott watched as they changed homes, schools and friends, which led her to start Kids In A New Groove, located at 2215 Westlake Drive in the Lake Austin Marina Building, to provide something stable for the children.

Gala Supports Music Program for Foster Kids

From the Westlake Picayune | March 2012 Initiated by Westbanker, event co-chair, executive director and founder Karyn Scott, a recent dinner party concert at One World Theatre drew more than 280 supporters of K.I.N.G., aka Kids in a New Groove.

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: The Music that moved her

From Huffingtonpost.com | January 2012 It was a beautiful summer night, and as Karyn Scott tucked her two little girls into bed, she could hear the music playing just below their windows, lullabying them to sleep. Karyn had lent her backyard to a friend for a fundraiser and fully expected a local church group to be providing the entertainment– but when she heard a song that took her breath away, she began to wonder just who was behind the mic.