We believe in the healing power of music

Hats Off Nonprofit Awards Nominee

We are proud to announce Inspirit’s Founder & Executive Director has been nominated for a Hats Off Nonprofit Award. Ginny Meredith’s hard work and dedication to Inspirit has earned her a nomination for a Lifetime Achievement Award. What a fitting way to honor Ginny and the 20th anniversary of Inspirit!

This will be the Fourth Annual Hats Off Nonprofit Awards event. It was organized to honor Palm Beach County nonprofit organizations, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to the business of doing good in our community. We’re glad they agree Ginny deserves a nomination for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ginny is very committed to Inspirit’s mission — bringing the joy and healing power of live music and the performing arts to isolated members of Palm Beach County.

Congratulations, also, to the other Lifetime Achievement Award nominees: Bill Bone, Esq., Dr. Mary Cauthen, John Corbett, Bill Hobbs, Elaine Rotenberg, Ph.D., and Edna W. Runner.

You are invited to participate in the festivities! Mark your calendars for 6-7pm on Tuesday, December 8th. This is a live, virtual fundraiser event. Contributions benefit Nonprofits First, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. You can purchase tickets for this fundraising event by clicking here.

It’s even more fun if you wear a hat!

COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Friends of Inspirit,

Inspirit’s onsite shows at facilities are currently cancelled. We will resume those shows as soon as it is safe to do so.

Seniors who occupy the facilities we serve are in one of the highest risk groups for COVID-19. Most of these facilities are restricting nonessential personnel from entering their buildings. Many of our performers are older and at higher risk as well. Their health and well-being is our top priority.

Many of our audience members are living in an isolated environment; they rely on us to lift spirits and bring joy through the healing power of music. We are looking for ways to reach out to them with personally written messages and music videos.

In June 2020 we started featuring Inspirit performers on a weekly basis with Facebook Live shows. These videos are available for you to view on Inspirit’s Facebook page and Inspirit’s YouTube channel

If you have any other ideas on delivering music without causing risk to our audience or performers, please let us know.

Local performers, we thank you for sharing your music, and we welcome your ideas, too.

For more information on what you can do to stay safe please visit CDC.gov.

Thank you,

Ginny & Renée

 

JUST THE FACTS!

♪  Founded in 2000, based on similar organizations: Bread and Roses (San Francisco), Heart and Soul (Utah), Musicians on Call (New York City)

  Since inception, Inspirit has held 2,290 performances reaching an audience of over 68,904 at over 60 different locations in Palm Beach County!

  136 performances reaching 4,679 audience members for calendar year 2019 supported by an annual budget of $50,000 and two part-time staff positions.

  2008, 2009 & 2014 Muse Award Nominee from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council for its outstanding achievement in improving the quality of life in Palm Beach County.

  Founder/Executive Director, Virginia Meredith received an award by the Governor’s Council for Community Health Partnership in 2006 for her “commitment and vision in bringing solace to those isolated from society through performing arts”

  Received Challenge America Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for the following years:  2011, 2012 & 2013

A SPECIAL TOUCH…

With a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, Inspirit arranged for Miami musical artist Nicole Yarling to conduct a workshop at the Palm Beach County Juvenile Detention Center. At first, Ms. Yarling’s outreach was shunned by these young men, all in lockdown. But by day’s end, one had written this beautiful composition. Because of their ages, faces could not be photographed. But the message is powerful.

The mission of Inspirit is to bring the joy and healing power of live music and the performing arts to those isolated members of our community who are living in a restricted environment.