The mission 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 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. To accomplish this mission, FAYM has established the following goals.
Early Music Training:
To establish a network of partners to institute and/or expand programs such as the Suzuki Violin method in schools beginning in kindergarten and pre-school ages.
To develop special programs for children from needy or impoverished families who would not normally have access to music education. These programs will utilize concepts from the successful El Sistema model of community-based music education.
To provide scholarship assistance for special musical experiences such as advanced private lessons and summer music camp opportunities.
To stress the need and value of such programs through collaboration with local, state, and national media.
To provide scholarship assistance to major in music at an institution of higher education in the United States.
To locate such students by recommendation of the Trustee in consultation with the Advisory Committee, the Honorary Founders of the Foundation, and/or others.
To screen candidates based on need, performance evaluation, academic record, and personal interview.
To maintain multi-year music scholarship assistance based on progress reports from professors as well as musical performance evaluations by the Foundation.
Professional Career Development:
To establish performance opportunities in the beginning stages of launching their performance careers through the network of contacts available to those associated with the Foundation.
To encourage and fund special training through special experiences at symposia, workshops, competitions, summer festivals, and the like at home and/or abroad
FAYM has established a network of collaborative partners that include outstanding musicians and institutions. Some of our institutional partners include: The Clark County School District; The University of Nevada, Las Vegas; The Nevada School of the Arts; The Los Angeles Philharmonic; The Las Vegas Youth Orchestras; The Las Vegas Philharmonic; Northern Arizona University; Coconino Community College; The Verde Valley Sinfonietta; the Conductors Guild; and many others.
FAYM Advisory Committee and Honorary Founders
Of invaluable assistance in launching and maintaining FAYM are individuals with life-long careers in music and the arts: World-famous opera diva, Luana DeVol; the preeminent violin virtuoso, Hilary Hahn; the highly respected concert pianist, Valentina Lisitsa; and the world's premiere contrabass virtuoso, Gary Karr.
Volunteering significant expertise in the structural work of FAYM are Marilyn and Rodney LaRocque who respectively have exemplary professional backgrounds in marketing/promotions and in finance; Stephen D. Waldron, CPA, of the accounting firm Layton, Layton, & Tobler, who acts as Treasurer; Allan P. Duff, Senior Vice President of Morgan Stanley Investments, M. Edwin Prud'homme and Layne T. Rushforth, Attorneys-at-Law, and Terry Williams of Classical Matters who designed the FAYM website.