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 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 established in 1967, when John Phillips, who co-produced the festival suggested, ‘Let’s give something back.’
The Foundation has successfully generated funds through audio and video ancillaries and has made donations to worthwhile recipients over the past five 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 grant recipients whose initial contact or in name of are in parenthesis and include: Blue Monday Foundation – Marin County initial contact Mark Naftalin, Chicago’s Providence St. Mel Music Program (Otis Redding), UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital – Music Therapy initial contact Gregg Perloff, Another Planet Entertainment, Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at New York University, San Francisco Earthquake Fund (Bill Graham), Texas Habitat for Humanity (Janis Joplin), H.E.A.R. – Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (Pete Townsend), New York’s Children’s Health Fund - Mobile pediatric clinics, providing care to homeless shelters, housing projects and schools (Paul Simon), Romanian Angels- initial contact Olivia Harrison, Berklee School of Music – Five week program Scholarship.
Since 1967, everything relating to the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation’s efforts has the line: ‘On behalf of the ARTISTS WHO APPEARED THERE June 16, 17 and 18, 1967.’