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Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund of Community Foundation of Acadiana, supports community organizations who promote our rich Cajun/Creole heritage, arts, music, and French language.  Your generous contribution provides instruments to students, funds the placement of master teachers and offers music scholarships to students of all ages in Acadiana. 

WHAT WE DO The Al Berard Memorial Fund at CFA has granted approximately $50,000 to music organizations throughout Acadiana. Here are some organizations that have benefited from the fund: St. Martin Parish Gifted/Talented Music Program; Lafayette Parish Gifted/Talented Music Program; Lafayette’s Tipitina’s Foundation; Woodvale Elementary "French Week”; Atchafalaya Basinkeepers; Louisiana Folk Roots Summer Kids Camp; NUNU Arts & Culture Collective; Le Reveil du Francais; and Teche Center for the Arts.

OUR GOALS. We strive to give more scholarships to high school seniors who plan to have a future in music/arts, and to have a competitive grant cycle where other non-profit groups can apply for grants; specifically those geared toward music and promotion.

2017 FUNDRAISER In lieu of the annual music festival, we are asking for your support through our "partnership” campaign. We thank you for your continued support of the fund. Please choose your sponsorship level on the next page.

Click here to make a contribution and select your sponsorship level. 




L-R front row: Opal Reon; Karleen Berard; Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, executive director of Acadiana Center for the Arts; Laura Huval; L-R back row: Adrian Huval & Maegan Berard

Al Berard Fund Supports Musical Instruments Program for Kids

The Al Berard Fund, a fund with the Community Foundation of Acadiana, awarded a fiscal grant to the Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA).

The grant will benefit the M.I. Brary Music Instrument Library project which allows anyone to check out musical instruments for up to 6 weeks to see if they truly have a passion for learning how to play this particular instrument.

The program is developed to help new musicians without having to purchase a new instrument. The instruments will be loaned to anyone at no cost.

Start-up funding for the program is provided by a CivicSide grant, with additional support from the Al Berard Memorial Fund, CGI, the705, Potenza, Perret Group, and Doctor C Music.

This program connects to AcA’s Play It Again program. With support from COX and Lafayette Music, AcA collects the used instruments, repairs and refurbishes them and gives them to kids to use during. This program is designed to create over-arching opportunity for interested kids who cannot afford an instrument.

AcA is excited to partner with Ryan Cazares and his M.I.Brary group to create wide-ranging access to music for all students in our community, regardless of their economic background.

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund of Community Foundation of Acadiana, directly promotes and supports Acadiana's unique musical culture by providing instruments, master teachers and music scholarships to students of all ages as well as funding for community based organizations that support our rich musical community and promote our musical culture in southwest Louisiana. You can make a contribution to continue their efforts to support musicians at www.alberard.com.

Community Foundation of Acadiana is a tax-exempt, donor-centric, entrepreneurial foundation whose core purpose is building legacies and improving communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about. CFA is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion.

 


Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $5,000 to Le Reveil du Francais


The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently granted $5,000 to Le Reveil du Français to strengthen and grow the Cecilia French Immersion program. The grant will be used in a variety of ways for the upcoming school year to fund the following projects and initiatives for students in St. Martin Parish at Cecilia Primary, Teche Elementary and Cecilia Junior High School. Read more here.


Al Berard Music Fund Grants $1,000 to Breaux Bridge High School Band


 

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana recently granted $1,000 to the Breaux Bridge High School Band. The school has not had a band program for over six years. The funds will be used to purchase instruments and help to kick start the newly formed band program.

 



Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $10,000 to NUNU Arts and Culture Collective


(Left to Right): Mavis Arnaud Frugé, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective board vice president; Karleen Berard, the late Al Berard’s wife; Laura Huval, Al Berard’s daughter and Al Berard Memorial Music Fund owner; Jacqueline Cochran, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective communications director; George Marks, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective director

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently granted $10,000 to NUNU Arts and Culture Collective for "French Week" to support ongoing and future French programming through the Semaine Française France-Louisiane Fund.

Please click here to read the full release.


Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $5,000 to Talented Arts Booster


(Left to Right): Karleen Berard, the late Al Berard’s wife; Laura Huval, Al Berard’s daughter and Al Berard Memorial Music Fund owner; Noemi Gandara-Perillo, TAB President of the board of directors; Amanda Newbery, Talented Arts Theatre Teacher

 

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently granted $5,000 to the Paul Breaux Middle School Talented Arts Booster (TAB) for the annual Talented Arts Festival and to support Talented Arts programs.

 

The grant will be used to provide a professional venue for the Talented Arts Festival at which students will showcase their art forms. Funds will also be used to supplement the teachers’ talented arts programs and provide needed supplies.

 

Please click here to read the full release.


Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Supports the Tipitina’s Music Office Cooperative in Lafayette


The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund grants $1,500 to the Tipitina’s Foundation Inc. for the Tipitina’s Music Office Cooperative in Lafayette.

The grant will be used to upgrade equipment and computers at the facility and allow the Co-Op to offer access to different resources that it hasn’t been able to offer before.

The Co-Op helps local musicians of all ages by providing practice space, demo recording space, workshops on a variety of topics centering around the Music Business, pro bono legal services, as well as one-on-one tutorials on a variety of topics such as copyright, business management, and recording techniques. The Co-Op welcomes anyone in the Acadiana area, as well as statewide, to become a member.

To read the full release, click here.

Al Berard Memorial Music Fund Grants $10,000 to New Music Program

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund grants $10,000 to the St. Martin Parish School Board for the new St. Martin Parish Gifted and Talented Music Program.

The grant will help to purchase instruments, books and other supplies for the music enrichment program. The program augments and enriches musical skills and awareness for students who have an aptitude for music.

To read the full release,click here.

Mission:

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana, promotes Acadiana's unique musical culture by providing instruments, master teachers, and music scholarships to students of all ages. The fund honors the life of the late Cajun musician, Al Berard, who was a pillar of his community and mentor for music lovers everywhere. His passion was to teach everyone he met about his love for music and for the Cajun/Creole culture.

Vision:

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana,will promote music formation for children and adults, as well as educate about the rich history of Acadiana’s musical and cultural heritage.


Values:

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, like Al himself, believes that music is the universal language of the world and can transform and enrich our souls. Al said it best, "So many different styles of music come from my area, I realize how blessed I am to get to play with so many incredible musicians. Playing music has been my life. Within us all there is a deep calling; this voice never leaves me alone. If for some reason I can never play music again (and I hope that day never comes) I must say, my journey has been incredible”. The fund hopes to live up to the motto of Al Berard…. "Peace on Earth…LOVE”.

Background:

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana, was established by the Berard Family to honor Al Berard’s legacy. All gifts to the fund are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to Community Foundation of Acadiana with "Al Berard Memorial Fund” in the memo and mail to 1035 Camellia Blvd., Ste. 100, Lafayette, LA 70508.



 

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