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57 DAYS UNTIL SONG SUMMIT!

GIVING BACK

Song Summit Foundation℠

Song Summit Foundation

ABOUT

At Song Summit Foundation, we support programs that harness the transformative power of music. Music and healing have been shown to have a connection across many avenues. By supporting people in our communities, and in particular the music and creative arts, we bring awareness to the struggles they face. Song Summit Foundation℠  is a not-for-profit organization that supports wellness through music at Park City Song Summit and beyond by hosting bespoke programs and funding organizations using music for wellness and education.

OUR MISSION

The Song Summit Foundation's mission is to support musicians and music enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds by providing access to educational opportunities, wellness programs, and outlets for creative expression.


UPCOMING EVENTS

HEALING HARMONIES

A celebration of veteran storytelling, connection, and LIVE music. Presenting: SongwritingWith:Soldiers. A moderated panel and performance with special guests: Jay Clementi, Danny Myrick, and Erin Enderlin.

  • WHEN:
    Tuesday July 2, 2024 6:30pm

  • WHERE:
    National Ability Center
    1000 Ability Way, Park City, UT 84060

  • TICKET PRICE:
    Single Ticket $100
    Veteran Ticket/Active Military $50

  • Food and Beverage available for purchase

PARK CITY SONG SUMMIT

We are supporting the Song Summit Village with wellness activities, including the wellness lounge, recovery hangs, mental health support for performing artists, and more. 

  • WHEN: August 15-17, 2024

We proudly present select Labs focused on artists' journeys with music and wellness. This year we are thrilled to present: 


WHO WE ARE

The board draws from years of experience with 501 (c) (3) non-profits. Also by support of music culture as expressed via live performance and recording arts. Board values are honed by years of testing assumptions related to serving a variety of community constituents. Focusing on championing wellness, nurturing creativity, honoring diversity, and prioritizing accessibility. We are growing and look forward to adding additional members to serve our mission & values.


Our Team

Meredith Lavitt

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Meredith Lavitt has over 30 years of experience working in the independent film arena and with non-profit arts organizations. Her passion centers on harnessing the arts for education, self-expression, and empowerment; joining Song Summit Foundation as our Executive Director, Meredith is excited to focus on the power of music for wellness.  Previously, Meredith was president of Original Thinkers, where she co-produced the annual multi-media ideas festival and curated year-round programming for organizations and companies. Before that, she spent over 20 years at Sundance Institute, focusing on program development. She was the founder and director of the Sundance Ignite Program, where she cultivated and supported a new generation of filmmakers ages 18 to 25 and the Director of Sundance Film Forward. Meredith spearheaded Sundance Institute's youth and community programs and was also instrumental in establishing the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, serving as the Associate Director of the Program and lead administrator for the Sundance Documentary Fund. Her producing credits include the critically acclaimedHome Front, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and on Showtime, andThe Grand Rescue, which premiered at the Mountain Film Festival in 2014 and first aired on PBS in 2016.She has also been a consulting producer for numerous award-winning documentary films. Meredith holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and lives with her family in Park City, Utah.

Courtney Caplan

Courtney Caplan

PRESIDENT

Courtney has a deep love and appreciation for non-profit work and finds herself at live music shows near and far throughout the year, so when the opportunity to help with the start-up of More Than Music Foundation arrived, she jumped!  The mission of the organization resonates through and through as the focus of mental health and wellness intersects her life as well as her family and friends.  Courtney’s expertise lies in both new and established non-profits, having worked locally for Sundance Institute and Park City Chamber/Bureau and while living abroad in London, England, for Pilotlight.  She helped start and establish EATS (Eat Awesome Things) Park City and recently finished her term on the Board of Park City Community Foundation.  To her, the best thing about investing time and energy in non-profit work is the people and passion involved:  it doesn’t get better than having a product to represent that impacts others in a meaningful way.  Courtney enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially tied together with good food and traveling to new places.

Ellen Silver

Ellen Silver

VICE PRESIDENT

Ellen Silver has 45 years of non-profit experience.  A significant focus has been providing programs and services in support of individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as their caregivers. Under her leadership, Jewish Family Service of Utah became the second community based agency in the country to provide the Music and Memory program to families and then trained a dozen other JFS organizations to do the same.  An outgrowth of this program has been the Gleeful Choir, composed of individuals with dementia and their caregivers, which performs throughout the Wasatch front and back.  Ellen recognizes the power of music and is excited to be involved with the More Than Music Foundation.

John W. Comerford

John W. Comerford

John’s motion picture writing and producing credits for Paradigm Studio include award winning, coming-of-age, music driven drama AROUND THE FIRE currently in rerelease for its 25th anniversary, The New York Times acclaimed documentary feature film/series ICONS AMONG US: JAZZ IN PRESENT TENSE. In his role as a producer, story guide and content owner, John has three feature films in active release. WALLFLOWER an EDM music community drama drawing raves in Variety and two documentaries: MARSHWAN LYNCH: A HISTORY an experimental race and sports film composed entirely from the internet clips profiled in The New Yorker and a sequel to wildlife conservation documentary THE BREACH, environmental award winner THE WILD which focuses on the successful fight to preserve wild salmon in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. 

He is now helping produce Charles Hambleton’s (Academy Award winner THE COVE) and Johnny O’Hara’s (Sundance award winner FUEL) documentary KINSU MARU which tells the story of a treasure hunter’s return to the South Pacific to recover a treasure whose proceeds will be used for the good of local communities. John is also adapting David Harris’ book The Last Stand about the resistance to a hostile takeover of family redwood timber Pacific Lumber in the 1980’s by Wall Street junk bond kings. He served on the board of Seattle’s Earshot Jazz and now at Los Angeles’ The Jazz Bakery. John graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder where he was mentored by experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage earning degrees in Psychology & Film Studies. His films have been distributed by Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Showtime and Starz/Encore. 

Danika Knieriem

Danika Knieriem

Danika is thrilled to be a founding board member for More Than Music Foundation.

Danika moved to Park City from Manhattan Beach, CA in 2019. Since calling Utah home she has turned her attention to the powerful collaboration between music, the arts and nonprofit work. Danika is passionate about how music aids in education, mental health, and undoubtedly strengthens both individuals and communities. She has previously held various positions in sales, marketing and design. While running her business in CA she also held a volunteer teaching position with Young at Art, a nonprofit organization providing art enrichment lessons seeking to make community resources in the Arts more available to children.

In addition to More Than Music Foundation she currently serves on the board for Mountain Town Music, and also works with PC READS, a learning advocacy nonprofit. Originally from CO, Danika is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Danika’s hope is that More Than Music Foundation will provide unique educational opportunities and enriching experiences to all those it touches!

Andy Hecht

Andy Hecht

Andy currently serves as the Climate Fund Manager at the Park City Community Foundation. Hailing from Chicago, he ventured westward to collaborate with the National Park Service. In 2008, with the support of over 30 public and private partnerships, Andy pioneered a natural resources education program for the U.S. Forest Service in northern California. His decade-long leadership of an environmental education site on the Oregon coast for a consortium of Northwest Oregon school districts earned him a spotlight on PBS NewsHour, thanks to his innovative collaborative strategies.

Adding to his academic accomplishments, Andy received a Master’s in Educational Business Administration in 2018. True to his passion for seasonal work, he consistently dedicated his winter months, from 2006 to 2021, to the Sundance Film Festival. In 2018, Andy and his long-time partner tied the knot, choosing Park City as their forever home.

Andy’s commitment to the community shines through his active participation in numerous committees and boards, such as More than Music, Community Foundation Climate Collaborative, Park City’s Green Business Program, Park City’s Sustainable Tourism, and the feasibility study for the Bonanza Park project. When not immersed in professional or community endeavors, Andy and his wife, Brittnie, savor the myriad activities that Park City’s seasons offer. They’re also proud curators of an impressive board game collection.

Sarah Henderson

Sarah Henderson

Sarah Henderson has been an avid music fan since birth, attending her first concert before age two, seeing Jackson Browne. She began her career in finance in New York and San Francisco and has spent the last eight + years working in tech (Eventbrite, Amazon Web Services, Aumni / JP Morgan) in various leadership roles across finance and business operations.

She got involved with the Park City Song Summit in 2021, helping as a strategy and finance consultant. She joined the More than Music Foundation in fall 2023 and is excited to raise awareness on such an important issue.


EIN: 92-2452067

Song Summit Foundation
PO Box #982733
Park City, UT 84098

(435) 200-3166

info@songsummitfoundation.org

*We're in the process of a name change. What was once More Than Music Foundation is now Song Summit Foundation. Our mission and dedication remain the same, with a fresh new name to better reflect our vision.

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