"The OYOU stands for "Own Your Own Universe." It's a lyric taken from a song of mine called "Wallet." It's my belief that all things are possible with a sense of purpose, a work ethic, and a mission greater than ourselves. What "Own Your Own Universe" means to me, is that I have the power within myself to live the best life I can — regardless of my circumstances, and in doing so, inspire others to do the same. The OYOU helps people get through what they can't get over. Whether it be journaling or songwriting, learning to play an instrument, or participating in a variety of our other events, the OYOU changes lives for the better. And the true beauty of the OYOU, is that anyone can take the tools we provide by way of our events and apply them to their own lives. In doing so, it reaffirms the notion of the power that the arts can have on the human condition and soul."
— Terri Hendrix
Amplify Austin is part of "Live Here I Give Here" and is on a mission to make Central Texas the most generous community in the nation. We believe that we can build more united, more prosperous cities for all when we give together as a community. Programs like Amplify Austin Day, where folks rally behind nonprofits they believe in, are designed to help locals find the issues they care about and take action to be part of the solution. By inspiring new and young, givers, volunteers, and activists to make an impact on the community where they live.
The OYOU has been vetted, cleared, and will be participating for the third year in a row, for "Amplify Austin’s” 24 hour day of giving February 28th - March 1st. Starting today, January 15th, you are able to schedule Amplify Austin Day donations and sign up to fundraise for your cause. The organization with the most scheduled donations for Amplify Austin Day win's a $5,000 prize! The OYOU’s 2018 goal for Amplify Austin is $6968 (spells out OYOU). Let's do this!
Location, Location, Location
In 2018, Terri Hendrix purchased additional acreage in Martindale, Texas, to use for community service. She named the property "Wilory Farm," and now the OYOU has a permanent and rent-free home on approximately twelve gorgeous acres. Terri is using sales of her music to build the actual arts center and information is HERE if you'd like to get involved. While she saves to build, a majority of our OYOU programs are still currently taking place right here, on these 12 acres — alongside pet goats, rescue mutts, and a donkey.
Now in its 3rd season, these well attended winter concerts currently take place at the spacious St Mark’s Episcopal Church Activity Center. The City of San Marcos provided a 2017/2018 grant to enable the OYOU to both pay performers and provide a free concert series to the public. Our 2018/2019 series was funded within 24 hours solely through social media.
2019 marks the 6th year for this retreat! Every year, the OYOU sponsors select women to attend this retreat for free. Women that receive these scholarships, are those that contribute to their community despite personal challenges. In the past, this has included caregivers, special education teachers, coaches, the economically disadvantaged, and women undergoing treatment for cancer or other health related issues.
Playing for Good has folded into "Tammi Fest"
Texas Women's Music Festival
2019, marks the fourth year for the OYOU annual fundraiser. This fun, family friendly event includes music, art, and a robust silent auction. To date, the OYOU has also used its own fundraiser to collect and redistribute approximately $1600 to other local nonprofits. In March 2018, we changed the name from "Playing For Good" to "TammiFest" in memory of Tammi Hendrix. She was a kind talented artist, an entrepreneur, avid music fan, and the beloved sister of Terri Hendrix. Our October 2018 event was a huge success in part, due to the tremendous support of local restaurants, artists, and businesses that endorsed our women's music festival by way of silent auction gift certificates and items.
Music, Art, and Writing Workshops
The OYOU is committed to paying its teachers, artists, and performers. We are also committed to outreach within our community, celebrating diversity, and providing an artistic outlet to those with disabilities. The entire industry of the performing and visual arts has been turned upside down due to advances in technology and a massive shift in how people consume music and view the arts. We provide a source of income to artists by giving them an audience in which to perform and or teach. Workshop topics include music lessons, creative writing, and wellness. 2019 classes include music education, music business, creative writing, and wellness. We'll also be branching out and hosting workshops on self defense, mosaics, knitting, crocheting, and art. Our classes are small. We also provide scholarships for those who would otherwise be unable to attend, and we also host special workshops for those with disabilities — often one on one.
OYOU Kid's Club
2018 we launched the OYOU Kid's Club. For more information, please visit HERE.
OYOU Harvest Women's Group
2018 we launched "Harvest." This is a women's group for ages 25 and up. For more information, please visit HERE.
The Best People
The OYOU is blessed with wonderful volunteers who come from all over the Central Texas area to help out with our events and programs. The OYOU attracts audiences throughout Texas and has an email distribution list that now tops 10,000 supporters and fans! For more information on how to volunteer, click HERE!
The OYOU was again honored to be chosen after careful vetting by Amplify Austin to be one of their selected local non profits for the annual March donation drive. With the help of Deep Eddy Vodka and hundreds of supporters, the OYOU exceeded its fund raising goal and collected $8098 in 2018 to use towards our growing scope of events. The OYOU is readying itself to join the 2019 festivities HERE.