About Us

Who We Are

  • A music and community oriented venture philanthropy fund
  • An emergency relief fund for musicians and music community causes
  • A blues and music focused cultural preservation society

What We Do

  • Accelerate the growth of existing charities who share our mission
  • Lead efforts in our music community to help those in need
  • Protect and steward our heritage for future generations

Our Mission Objectives

Honor the Past

  • Provide safety and care for our elders
  • Preserve and archive our cultural artifacts
  • Honor and celebrate our musical forebearers
  • Continue the legacy of Clifford Antone

Invest in the Future

  • Nurture and educate our at-risk youth
  • Build music programs for underprivileged kids
  • Mentor and empower our growing artists
  • Educate and strengthen our music community

We Accomplish our Objectives by STRATEGICALLY Donating to Partners:


Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers (HOME) was formed by a group of concerned women in Austin, Texas, for the purpose of providing housing aid and assistance for musicians in need.


Kids in a New Groove

Kids in a New Groove provides Texas youth in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly private music instruction, giving students the ability to build concrete strategies for life-long success.


American Youthworks

AYW provides young people with opportunities to build careers, strengthen communities, and improve the environment through education, on-the-job training, and service to others.


Pinetop Perkins Foundation

PPF’s mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career.


Anthropos Arts

Anthropos Arts was founded in 1998 to provide high-quality music education for low-income and at-risk students. Anthropos Arts brings top professional musicians from diverse music genres to give free music lessons, workshops, and performance opportunities to students in middle and high schools that have high rates of poverty.


SIMS Foundation

The SIMS Foundation was founded in 1995 by the friends and family of Sims Ellison, a young Austin musician who lost his long battle with depression. The SIMS mission is the same after 21 years: to provide affordable counseling, psychiatric, and addiction recovery services, tailored specifically to the needs of Austin musicians and their families.



MyMusicRX provides bedside and online music medicine programs that engage hospitalized kids of all ages and diagnoses, relieving stress, anxiety, and perception of pain. MyMusicRx.org empowers seriously ill kids and teens to shift, plan, and grow – through music. Patients can select from exclusive videos, games, and music lessons based on how they want to feel.


“I wouldn’t have the musical education, the knowledge…if it wasn’t for Clifford. He allowed me to hang backstage with Hubert Sumlin and Pinetop Perkins and James Cotton.”

Gary Clark Jr.


Clifford Antone Foundation Membership Tax-Deductible

  • Sustaining Membership Plans: $1000/Year or $250/Quarter
  • Two Tickets to both our Fall & Spring Members-Only Events
  • Clifford Antone Foundation T-Shirts/Hats/Posters and more!
  • Help Preserve and Nurture our Music Culture in Austin
  • Charitable Contribution - Fully 501(c)(3) Tax-Deductible

Our Board

Board Members

  • Susan Antone
  • Victor Ayad
  • Will Bridges
  • David Elliott
  • Gerald Farha
  • Michael Kleinman
  • Alan Luecke
  • Brenda Mitchell

Advisory Board Members

  • Marcia Ball
  • Denise Boudreaux
  • Noel Bridges
  • Gary Clark, Jr.
  • Sandi & Gary Clark, Sr.
  • Nancy Coplin
  • Bill Davidson
  • Zach Ernst
  • Lisa, Ellee & Freddy Fletcher
  • Phyllis Fletcher & Samir Patel
  • Stan Goudeau
  • Cathy & Rob Lippincott
  • Michael Maguire
  • Marsha Milam
  • Cory Moore
  • Bobbie Nelson
  • Derek O'Brien
  • Peggy Sauer
  • Jacqueline Scripps & David Pennington
  • Amy & Steve Simmons
  • Will Wynn
  • Diana Zuniga