The genesis of the Monterey International Pop Foundation was borne of the musical reverberations created on the weekend of June 16, 17 and 18, 1967. Those artists who performed at the Monterey International Pop Festival, in Monterey California, continue to be the musical messengers sustaining the Foundation’s aims and ideals. It is their historic performances that keep the promise and spirit of Monterey Pop alive. We have never veered from the mandate we established in 1967, when John Phillips, who co-produced the festival with me suggested, ‘Let’s give something back.’
The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation (MIPFF) is a non-profit charitable and educational foundation empowering music-related personal development, creativity, and mental and physical health. In the spirit of the Monterey International Pop Festival, and on behalf of the artists who took part, the Foundation awards grants to qualified organizations and individuals with identifiable needs in those areas.
The Foundation has successfully generated funds and has made donations to many worthwhile recipients over the past four and a half decades. Each and every donation has been made in the names of those artists who performed at The Monterey International Pop Festival. The Monterey International Pop Foundation has propelled their idealistic intents into realities by making the following examples of donations:
The initial grant went towards a music instruction program in Harlem championed by Paul Simon. Subsequent grants include the San Francisco and Los Angeles Free Clinics, Washington D.C. based Rhythm & Blues Foundation; Chicago’s Providence St. Mel Prep School in Chicago on behalf of Otis Redding; Northern California’s Blue Monday Foundation initial contact Mark Naftalin; The Los Angeles Children’s Hospital; Texas’ Habitat for Humanity on behalf Janis Joplin; Bill Graham‘s San Francisco Earthquake Relief Fund UCLA Child/Life Development Center to establish a fully equipped Musical Therapy Program and a full-time therapist; H.E.A.R., Hearing Educating & Awareness on behalf of Pete Townshend; The Children’s Health Fund on behalf Paul Simon; Alliance for Young Artists; Thelonius Monk Institute; L.A. Children’s Museum for a hands-on recording studio; Arts for City Youth; PS Arts; Rock the Class Room; Musicians Assistance Program Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education; Free Arts for Abused Children; the Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at New York University and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Since 1967 everything we do relating to the collective Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation efforts has the line:
‘On behalf of the ARTISTS WHO APPEARED THERE June 16, 17 and 18, 1967.’