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Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution, Music, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations

Mission: 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.

Results: Designed to serve youngsters in low income communities in Las Vegas, FAYM's "Violins for Kids" project (est. in 2009) provides instruments, materials, two class lessons each week, concert experiences, and a 2-week summer camp at no cost. Enrollment has grown from 11 to 150 youngsters from 51 schools in greater Las Vegas. View Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRUtfpQUrXA Your help is needed to expand this program to serve more "at possibility" youngsters! FAYM's programs have won recognition from the Clark County School District's Board of Trustees & Partnership Program, the Clark County Board of Supervisors, and such celebrities as singer, Josh Groban, world famous solo bassist Gary Karr, Teller (of Penn & Teller), and Jamie Bernstein, daughter of renowned conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein.

Target demographics: FAYM gives youngsters from low income families the opportunity to learn a musical instrument at an early age.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 students from 61 schools in greater Las Vegas.

Geographic areas served: The East Las Vegas Community Center & the Pearson Community Center in Las Vegas.

Programs: "Violins for Kids" Music Classes for youngsters beginning in 3rd grade/ Tuitio-free Summer Camp for V4K kids / High School String Orchestra Summer Camp / Mariachi Summer Camp / Scholarship Assistance for HS and College age Music Students / Career assistance for young professional musicians.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Robert P.10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In 2003 I wrote the grant (Grants Management, Clark County School District, Las Vegas) that was funded, was for $1,200,000 dollars, and was for three years. The Principal of Sunrise Acres ES, one of three poor schools, was Arturo Ochoa. We met at Sunrise. Hal wanted to start violin program for kindergartners. Everyone agreed. Fast forward: the students appeared with Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra at its annual 4th of July concert. They're were 10 students and two volunteer teachers. Now it's grown to 200 students, 10 paid teachers, and three instructional sites. FAYM also has awarded collegiate scholarships ($2000 a year for four years) to 20+ students who major in music at such places as the Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, Interlochen Music Academy and others. I love FAYM!

3 Gloria G.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with FAYM for about 7 years. My children are grown, but the mission of FAYM, and the people they work with, touched something within my heart. Seeing the students, from the very first time they handle an instrument, to a few years later, when their proficiency and talent is evident, confirms my belief in FAYM's service.

FAYM touches not only the kids, but their entire families. I'm so proud to be a part of this amazing organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I do not live in Las Vegas it is important to support FAYM because as the musician friends who told me about their delight in working with FAYM said these kids are the future of our country. FAYM students work hard to learn how to play a stringed instrument and as a result have more confidence and do better in school. While a few will become professional musicians all will have a creative outlet and enjoy music. It has been wonderful to see FAYM grown and support more students.


4 Thierry Lanabras G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since I was 5 years old I have played the violin and after finishing school I decided to dedicate myself to it. My goal has always been to study abroad, since I could get more study opportunities than in Peru; however I had no idea how to achieve it. One of the aspects that limited my progress was the instrument with which I studied; It was precisely in the search for opportunities that Mr. Weller came into my life, who presented my case to FAYM. With much effort and hope, in 2018 I received an old violin from FAYM that has allowed me to develop efficiently. Also thanks to FAYM, since 2019 I have the possibility of studying at the Conservatory of the Universidad Mayor de Santiago, in Chile. FAYM has been a blessing in my life, they adopted me as part of the family, they have always shown sincere appreciation and concern for me, and I dream in the future to be able to actively collaborate with them.
I could qualify FAYM and its collaborators as a real, honest and humane organization. I will always be grateful to them.

7 Sean Paul M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It was an honor and a privilege to serve as the host orchestra for one of FAYM's first scholarship recipients, Krzysztof Rucinski (violin). From start to finish, the experience was musically rewarding and an amazing opportunity for both a young artist and an equally young orchestra. Not only did Krzysztof and the orchestra benefit tremendously from this collaboration, but so did the audience - which was totally enthralled with the high-calibre of not only his musicianship but also his personality! Some 10 years later, members of the orchestra are still reflecting on the experience and how empowering it was for them to see such a young violinist excel in this manner. Many of these instrumentalists still follow his career and keep in touch with him. Music truly builds communities regardless of the physical distance between people.

FAYM provides one of the far-too-few opportunities for the "next generation" to experience the joy of learning and performing music. In a culture that continues to enjoy and embrace the arts, but not fund them, FAYM is that bright glimmer of hope ... a model to be supported, copied, and shared widely. It would be my honor to again find an opportunity to work with FAYM to promote a young artist(s).

--- Sean Paul Mills, D.M.A.
Founding Artistic Director & Conductor, Willamette Valley Symphony (Corvallis, Oregon)

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best Group of teachers 100% dedication passion for music,profesional the best ,im very proud to say my kids take music lessons here.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an amateur violist and first learned of FAYM at one of their presentations here in a retirement home. I had a violin that I had not played for some time and happily donated it to FAYM. After seeing the dedication of the staff, the enthusiasm of the children, and the support by their parents, it was abundantly clear, particularly during these times of limited musical education, that FAYM would finally and. by far, be the best home for my instrument

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FAYM has been the source of inspiration to so many of us interested in promoting the arts amongst our youth, especially our underserved youth. The importance of such an organization, not only to the fields of music performance and music appreciation but to our society at large, cannot be underestimated. I have seen firsthand the much needed humanity at work through FAYM.

7 mayginoble11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FAYM has helped many kids experience the art of music at a young age which normally doesn’t happen unless you get private lessons or take a course in middle school. They brought opportunities to many kids and have the best teachers with over 7 years of experience. FAYM isn’t just a program but it is a family that continuously grows.

Previous Stories
10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Mr. Weller and Mr.Ochoa for making this foundation. You have helped my child become very talented and notice her full potential. For example, she use to doubt herself with music and after she took these classes she became more confident. After she realized who she was she decided to get in to mariachi and orchestra at this program. Now she practices a lot and loves all of these classes that she can choose. My daughter doesn’t only like the classes she also loves the teachers and the students that are with her. After she got into middle she went straight ahead to advanced orchestra and mariachi because she already had experience with your program. Thank you so much. I really recommend people who haven’t tried it to come and see how much it can make your realize who they really are.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with FAYM for 6 years. I absolutely love and believe in their mission to educate and empower young musicians. As an economically disadvantaged youth I would have loved a program like FAYM. The students are hard working and the parents are dedicated to the success of the program. I cannot say enough good things about it!

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many thanks to Mr. Weller for recognizing and supporting the hard work and dedication that our son Liam has invested in becoming a violinist. Mr. Weller and FAYM have graciously offered to help support Liam as he begins his studies at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music this fall. Thank you, Mr. Weller, and FAYM, for all that you have done for the community of Las Vegas and for our young musicians.

Review from Guidestar

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

A HUGE thank you to Mr. Weller and the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians. My son has been faced with so many challenges in his young life and music has always been a shelter in the storms. On top of everything else, I became unemployed and his mother was diagnosed with cancer. With these two things our financial resources quickly dried up.

Derek has been playing double bass for several years now and he has had to borrow instruments to practice and perform with. He has goals of one day playing in college and possibly professionally and desperately needed his own instrument to help him along this path. We had no way to provide this for him. It was at this point that FAYM entered our lives.

We were told of FAYM by a good friend. We contacted Mr. Weller and he and his network of wonderful people took a personal interest in our son. We are just so humbled and grateful for the amazing work that FAYM did searching for and finding an instrument for our son. Mr. Weller and his colleagues found an instrument, met with us and the former owner, inspected it and, quite unexpectedly, even purchased it for Derek!

We are absolutely blown away by the generosity, kindness and compassion of FAYM and we are eternally grateful for all they have done for our family. We look forward to building a relationship with them and doing what we can to help another child have the kind of smile that my son had when given the gift of music.

Thank you FAYM!

Rob Grace
Las Vegas, NV

8 jb3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's about so much more than learning a musical instrument. It's about giving kids a chance to see themselves as worthy, capable and beautiful -- and that in turn helps them become the wise, compassionate citizens of tomorrow who will make this world a better place.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

What FAYM has accomplished in helping young artists, and exciting an awareness of the benefits of musical training in the community, is nothing short of remarkable. I cannot imagine how my career in music would have been possible without the support and encouragement of mentors the likes of FAYM. I consider it a privilege to support this organization because the recipients of FAYM's mission will undoubtedly bring enrichment and beauty to all the lives they touch. FAYM's fame is spreading like wildflowers! Thank goodness for that!

Gary Karr, solo double bassist now retired

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Joshua Sjoen, and I am a graduate composition student at UNLV. I would like to give a big thanks to Mr. Harold Weller, Trustee of the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians for his generous donation of a brand new full size Kurzweil Electronic Keyboard! And also a big thanks to Mr. Bob Thompson, the original donor! If not for this generosity, I would have a fairly difficult time with my work. The keyboard is a big part of my life now, as it is the most important resource that I use while I compose. So far, I have only used it for composing, but as a musician trying to get my foot in the music scene here in Las Vegas, I see great potential in its uses for performance as well. Keyboards are just the most useful tool for any musician! Although I have had limited interaction with FAYM, I would love to be more involved with such a fantastic organization, where the love of music flourishes in the hearts of today's youth.

6 Jolanta Rucinska

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mr Weller, the Trustee of the Foundation, together with my adult kids made it possible for me to attend my youngest son's, Krzysztof, graduation recital at the Eastman School of Music in April, 2012. Krzysztof, the first protege of the Foundation, has been able to develop his skills as a violinist and musician for the last four years and in three days’ time Krzysztof is going to graduate from Eastman School of Music with Bachelor of Music degree. If not the Foundation's financial support and Mr Weller's constant encouragement, Kristof's dream of studying in the USA would have remained only an unfullfilled dream. I am so happy, proud, grateful and just amazed that Mr Weller and his Foundation not only have provided Krzysztof with such wonderful education, but also made it possible for me and Kris to be together at Krzysztof’s important moment of life. It meant so much for us. Thank you, Mr Weller!!!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harold Weller and FAYM change people's lives and bring the beauty of music into hearts and souls!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the first recipient of the FAYM Fellowship Award I take great pride and honor in knowing that this non-profit is truly dedicated to bringing music back into our culture and giving the "forgotten children" a warm welcome into the music world. FAYM provides assistance in scholarship form to musicians all across the world! My role with the organization is coordinator of the Violins for Kids Project and media director for FAYM overall. I love doing what I do, the thing that I love best is probably seeing parents take an active role in the education of their children, some of them are even learning how to play the violin themselves! Last but not least I just can't say enough good words about the wonderful man behind FAYM. Hal has proved to me that there are still honest people who want nothing else than to accomplish something greater than yourself. He has served as a great mentor, role model, father figure and friend. If you want to give to an organization that impacts the lives of young musician's directly, please give to FAYM!

5 VTrionfo

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


Thanks to Hal Weller and The Foundation to Assist Young Musicians ("FAYM") my cousin, Anthony Trionfo, is now attending the world's first and foremost fine arts boarding high school INTERLOCHEN ARTS ACADEMY: www.academy.interlochen.org



Hal & FAYM along with their most generous resources were Anthony's champions in securing the largest scholarship awarded in Interlochen's history. They continue to support him with funding for the balance of his tuition as well as offering guidance to Anthony as realizes his potential and the opportunity afforded him in his new environment.



Anthony has thrived at Interlochen. He is a 15 year old flutist and after only 2 months at the school he was declared the winner of its prestigious Concerto Competition. This is the TOP performance honor awarded by the school and this means that Anthony has been recognized as the best of the best on a worldwide scale.



The mission statement of FAYM is to "encourage and support gifted young musicians in early training, advanced study, and professional career development, specifically those who are in need of financial and/or mentoring support."



FAYM is succeeding in fulfilling its mission.

Anthony would not have been in this most incredible position without Hal Weller and FAYM. Our family is eternally grateful and hope others will help support the foundation and its work.



Sincerely

Valerie Trionfo

Review from Guidestar

5 igorlipinski

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harold Weller, Trustee of the Foundation, is an incredibly generous man. He put me in touch with Teller (of Penn & Teller) - a wonderful magician and one of the greatest creative minds in the world of theater. The foundation arranged for private meetings with Teller in Las Vegas, NV. Collaborating with Teller has been extremely inspirational. As a pianist and a magician, I've encountered mixed reviews from the conservative classical world regarding my concept of blending the two art forms into one performance. Mr. Weller, however, was always open to my new ideas. I'm impressed with the breadth of vision and imagination demonstrated by the foundation's principles. Thank you Harold Weller and thank you Foundation to Assist Young Musicians for making my dreams come true.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FAYM takes a leading role in one of the most important aspects of being a musician in our time, helping YOUNG people, YOUNG musicians to establish themselves in the wide, glorious world of music. I know without FAYM and Hal Weller, many young musicians would not be where they are, at all. FAYM RULES! And, from what I can see from Mr. Weller's ways, it's only set to help more, and more, and more great young musicians, who really do need a helping hand in life! From my own experience, Mr Weller is a kind, generous, and very knowlegable man, who offers great and sound advice, and always puts himself out of his way to help others. All they need now is more people to help them with funding, and I'm sure many will! Alex Prior

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a piano student from Australia. In early 2008 I went to the United States, for auditions at the universities of Las Vegas and Colorado - these were organised by Maestro Weller. It was through his influence and that of FAYM, that I received a scholarship at the university of Las Vegas. Unfortunately due to personal circumstances I was not able to take up the offer, but I am very grateful for the opportunity and support that Maestro Weller and FAYM offered.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Krzysztof Rucinski and I have had the great honour and privilage to be the very first protege of FAYM, who has not only been invited to give the first recitals and concerts that launched the foundation, but also have been given the wonderful chance to grow as a musician under the guidance of the top music teachers like Oleh Krysa, Cyrus Forough, Zvi Zetling and the Ying Quartet at one of the best music schools - the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. This would have never been possible to me, if Maestro Harold Weller hadn’t given me a helping hand in 2007. After having listened to my recordings, learning about my difficult financial situation and inviting me to concerts in December 2007, Maestro Weller has offered me FAYM’s incredible financial support and what most has been standing by me for all the days since then giving constant support and encouragement, what I appreciate and value so much. I am really grateful to Maestro Weller, the Committee members and all the FAYM collaborators and supporters for the GREAT chance I was given. I watch and admire how the Foundation is growing and expanding. It's great to see that FAYM takes care of more and more talented kids and young musicians from needy families. There are many foundations that help the talented ones, but FAYM’s support goes in the hands of the ones who really need it. Please help, the Foundation to grow. There are so many others who even don’t dare to dream of such support!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

It is crucial to involve the youth of the community in order to achieve ongoing and lasting support for the arts. FAYM has captured the interest and the hearts of many by doing just this in their programs.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This cause is the most life changing experience I've seen in my life. When I see someone being chnaged by this foundation it puts a smile on my face.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I love music. Any help I can give to a young musician makes me feel great! Music is very important. I want these young people to have an opportunity to do what they love!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a retired elementary school principal in Las Vegas, Nevada. My entire 27 year career was dedicated to 'at risk' student populations. I currently volunteer my time to FAYM by bringing violin instruction to a population that is not able to afford it. We start with 5 year old students and intend to teach and mentor with the intent of guiding them to college. We are not trying to create professional musicians, but are attempting to provide a a way to fund a college degree with music scholarships. We currently have 15 kindergarten students taking two lessons per week. In December they played their first 'concert' which lasted approximately 6 minutes as they played 'The Pepperoni Pizza Song' and 'Los Pollitos.' Their next concert will be this March and will feature our students playing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' along with several variations of this song. For their first concert they only used open strings. For this concert they will be using thier left hand to 'finger' more notes thus making their music more beautiful! Each week I see and assist the children with their lessons as their parents actively participate in the teaching and learning. It is my privilege to give my time to FAYM with the hopes of making a difference in the lives of children.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

FAYM has changed my son's life.Krzysztof is now a sophomore student in one of the most prestigious schools in the world- Eastman School of Music studying violin with the wonderful violinist and teacher, Oleh Krysa. This would never, ever be possible without Mr Weller's help and FAYM's support. In fact this wouldn't have happened as because of the financial difficulties we had never even dared to think about Krzysztof's studies abroad and especially in the USA. It was Mr Weller who noticed Krzysztof's performances on youtube, wrote to him and after having learnt about Krzysztof's situation offered him a helping hand. The beginnings were very difficult, as far as I know, and Mr Weller had to put a lot of effort, energy, time and heart to be able to bring Kris to the USA for concerts and recitals launching the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians which allowed to collect some money that enabled Krzysztof's studies in the USA. Mr Weller managed to find many devoted people with big hearts who have become Krzysztof's friends and still support him in his studies.I can find no proper words to express our gratitude for supporters of FAYM and especially for Maestro Weller who decided to devote his life to helping young musicians. The money go to the kids and support their education and development. I know this for sure! Great cause and I'll support it as much as I can. Thank you Maestro Weller!

3

Donor

Rating: 1

They don't seem to really do much what the money given. They just apparently hand it out to who ever they know and that's it instead of being an open thing maybe for auditions or expanding out to reach more people instead of who they please. They raise money for what ever benefits them. NOT GOOD

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with FAYM is not at breadth, but lies within the dedication and passion of one meeting with Hal Weller, who was willing to take time out of his busy schedule to tell MWR Project Inc about his program to help young musicians and explore opportunities to help each other. The Facebook groups' population, which I understand is only a portion of FAYM's total patrons, is more of the testament to his devotion and persistence for a cause that he has worked successfully to develop and continues to support - so I support FAYM!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer teacher with FAYM, I've been working with kindergarten kids with much enthusiasm and passion. I contribute to FAYM violin program more than 10 hours a week teaching kids the basics on how to play the violin, and I hope they can build self-esteem and confidence by devoloping their talents and being a well-round citizen of this country.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met the Trustee of the Foundation, Hal Weller, and began doing website design for their new website. I've been inspired by the great work done by the Foundation to provide much needed support to gifted young musicians and to music education to underprivileged children.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since launching the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians (FAYM) in December 2007, the public's response has been overwhelmingly positive. FAYM has been able to help young musicians through scholarship assistance, mentoring, and professional career advancement opportunities. Additionally FAYM has created an inner city violin program for kindergarten age children in southern Nevada that has proven to be of great value in providing an activity of substance for entire families and serves as a prototype program for further expansion. FAYM's support comes from many sources -- generous people in 18 States of the Union & the District of Columbia as well as Australia, Canada, China, Poland, & Puerto Rico have made contributions. FAYM has over 9,100 supporters on Facebook who have donated over $5,300 -- giving FAYM third place out of the 29,378 Arts & Culture causes on Facebook in terms of money raised. All of this has been achieved as a totally volunteer labor of love on the part of many involved. There is NO PAID STAFF so that ALL CONTRIBUTIONS made to FAYM go ENIRELY to ASSIST YOUNG MUSICIANS! See http://www.theFAYM.com ~