NAMM Foundation Helps Create Phoenix Rising Music Program in Orange County

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

NAMM Foundation Logo Phoenix House is proud to announce support from the NAMM Foundation that will result in the creation of a new The Phoenix Rising Music Program, in Orange County. The NAMM Foundation awarded Phoenix House Academy of Orange County a grant for the new music studio and its equipment.

The NAMM Foundation’s mission is to increase active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization’s popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies leads and strengthens the $17 billion international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

Entrance to Phoenix House Academy of Orange County

Phoenix House Academy of Orange County

One of three Phoenix House Academies in California, the Orange County program serves more than 100 adolescents in its residential and day treatment programs plus family members. Located on a beautiful, historic campus in Santa Ana, and headed by Gilbert Carmona, LCSW, with clinical services directed by Jo-Ellen Bartholomew, LMFT, the Academy provides a broad spectrum of evidence-based treatment services to help teens break the cycle of substance abuse. Residents continue their high school studies while taking part in individual, group, and family counseling, as well as cultural and recreational activities. We also refer clients to community partners who provide such services as career development, job placement, health care, and legal aid. Adding the music studio will help students develop their talents and deal with the frustrations of adolescence, family issues, and challenges of recovery.

Phoenix Rising Music Program

The Phoenix Rising Music Program, created by Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi, is an expressive arts therapy program that encourages our young clients to express themselves through music.  Participation in the creative arts has been proven to increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety and depression, and aid the recovery process for young people who struggle with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health problems. The Phoenix Rising Music Program engages young clients in the treatment process and gives them an effective way to gain a deeper sense of self-understanding. Residents at our Phoenix House Academies in Los Angeles, Westchester, and Austin work together to write, perform and record powerful songs of struggle and recovery. New studio is also going to be open at the Phoenix House Citra Center in Florida.

Music Studio at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles At Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles, the Music Program boasts a number of successes. The Music Program engages young clients in the treatment process and gives them an effective way to gain a deeper sense of self-understanding. Residents work together to write, perform and record powerful songs of struggle and recovery.  In addition to a professional music studio, residents have at their disposal new DJ equipment donated by DJ AM Memorial Fund.

Two songs written by Los Angeles teens in our state-of-the-art recording studio, under the guidance of the Phoenix Rising Music Program’s Director, John Morabito, received prizes in the annual National Institute on Drug Abuse’s songwriting competition, co-sponsored by MusicCares and the Grammy Foundation. In 2011, “Like a Phoenix” written and recorded by a team of students won the contest. Kara DioGuardi called it “an incredible song” that captures “what these kids have been dealing with and how they’re overcoming it.” In 2010, Vera Marquardt’s “Take it to the Days,” placed third in the competition. The songs are posted on Phoenix House website, at the links below:

  •  2011: First prize winner: “Like a Phoenix” www.phoenixhouse.org/blog/news-and-events/kara-dioguardi-announces-phoenix-house-teens-as-songwriting-contest-winners/
  • 2010: Third prize winner: ”Take It to the Days” www.phoenixhouse.org/blog/our-perspectives/guest-blogger-vera-marquardt-takes-days/

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If you, or your loved one need referrals to residential or outpatient treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health issues, please call 1 888 671 9392. At Phoenix House Academy of Orange County we accept clients who are 12 to 17 years of age, with a history of drug and/or alcohol abuse, and emotional or behavioral difficulties.  Most health insurance plans are accepted.  Government assistance is available for those who qualify (with co-pays on a sliding scale). We are here to help!

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