FAYM Facts

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FAYM was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of Nevada in November 2007 and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in March 2008 (EIN # 26-1472871).

The Mission of the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians (FAYM) is to encourage and support gifted young musicians in (1) early training, (2) advanced study, and (3) professional career development, specifically those who are in need of financial and/or mentoring support up to the age of 26. In addition, an important part of the FAYM mission is to develop programs for the support of needy children in receiving music education.

FAYM keeps administrative overhead low.   Administrative functions are performed by highly qualifiedFAYM 14164 volunteers.  Legal, accounting, and other services are generously donated ‘pro bono’ by experts in their fields.  Contributions, therefore, go directly for scholarship assistance, program support, and teacher wages.

Apart from funding scholarships and programs, the Foundation plays an active role in promoting the careers of exceptional talents through mentoring, public recitals, and solo guest appearances with symphony orchestras.

To date FAYM has raised over $595,000 for scholarships and programs and has helped to secure over $400,000 in scholarship assistance for talented high school and university age musicians from such fine institutions as the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), the Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, MI), the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Carnegie-Mellon School of Music (Pittsburgh, PA), and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Since its founding in December 2007, FAYM has received contributions from donors in 31 States & the District of Columbia as well as in Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, East Java, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sardinia,  Sweden, Switzerland, & the UK.  

FAYM 14359 golden vn composirted copyIn the fall of 2009 FAYM established its “Violins for Kids” project by offering music instruction to inner city children beginning in third grade.  Utilizing concepts drawn from the El Sistema program and the Suzuki Violin Method, FAYM’s “Violins for Kids” is in its seventh year and provides over 150 youngsters with instruments, materials, two class lessons per week, field trips to concerts, and a Summer Day Camp experience in June.  Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend each lesson and have become enthusiastically committed to making music a valued family activity.  Lessons are currently held at two sites in Las Vegas:  the East LV Community Center and, on the west side, the Pearson Community Center.

FAYM’s programs have won recognition from the Clark County School District’s Partnership Program and the Clark County Board of Supervisors as well as such noted figures as singer Josh Groban, double bass virtuoso Gary Karr, and Jamie Bernstein, daughter of conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein.

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