2018 MusiCounts Scholarship Recipients Announced

MusiCounts is thrilled to announce that six post-secondary students from across Canada have been selected as 2018 MusiCounts Scholarship recipients. In addition to a financial contribution, each student will travel to Toronto for a week-long series of music industry mentoring and networking sessions from September 24-28, thanks to the support of the RBC Foundation. The recipients intend to pursue a career in one of the following career streams: performing artist, producer/engineer, or music business. The new MusiCounts Scholarship Program launched in 2018 to help propel the careers of high-potential individuals who are on the cusp of graduating from post-secondary music studies.

About The 2018 MusiCounts Scholarship Recipients

Jenna Bjornson
Current City: Ottawa, ON
Hometown: Stittsville, ON
School: Fanshawe College
Stream: Music Business

Starting out as a performer, Jenna discovered her love of music business when attending Fanshawe College. While attending school, Jenna started her own indie record label called Pocket Records with one of her classmates. They currently manage three artists, all in different levels of development. Jenna works with the roster by writing grants, organizing shows, running social media, keeping track of finances, etc. She has just graduated from Fanshawe and is now looking to take the next step in her artist management career.


Agneya Chikte
Current City: Toronto, ON
School: Humber College
Stream: Performing Artist

Growing up playing music in India, Agneya became aware of Humber College after meeting and playing with a Humber alumni band that was touring through his hometown. In 2015, he moved to Toronto and enrolled at Humber to complete his Bachelor of Music. Agenya plays drums and is very passionate about community building. He works for a group that facilitates drumming events and exercises for youth and adults across the GTA. He also teaches drums and percussion to low income youth in Etobicoke. When he isn’t teaching, Agneya plays drums in a variety of different styles and genres such as jazz, pop, singer-songwriter, rock, fusion, and traditional/folk. He is a diverse artist that is slowly making his mark in Toronto.



Kassia Edwards
Current City: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Grand Prairie, AB
School: Nimbus School of Recording and Media
Stream: Music Business

Interested in alternative, folk rock, alt country and indie music, Kassia believes that music is the most powerful and universal thing that can both capture and inspire emotion. Kassia Edwards completed the Advanced Music Industry Program at Nimbus. With her energy-filled spirit and natural knack for tackling projects, Kassia kept busy juggling her time also working at Tiny Kingdom Music, Live Acts Canada, and managing the band Gentle Mind. Kassia then returned to Nimbus to undertake a Fast Track, 8-month program in Live Sound Mixing and Recording. Upon graduation, Kassia secured a coveted position in the music industry at the global artist management company, WATCHDOG MANAGEMENT, as she was also selected as the Women In Music Management Mentorship program.




Julien Henry-Leblanc
Current City: Montreal, QC
Hometown: Rimouski, Québec
School: Musitechnic
Stream: Producer/Engineer

Julien has been a musician and songwriter his whole life. He was exposed to studio recording when he was 13 and credits that experience with giving him the drive to pursue audio engineering and producing as a career. Finishing his program next December, Julien hopes to start producing more albums and start working for a professional studio in Montreal. He is very passionate about the local talent coming out of Montreal and would like to be part of its growth. Julien has a great strength of viewing engineering and producing in not just a technical lens but also a highly musical lens.


Sergei Kofman
Current City: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON
School: Wilfrid Laurier University
Stream: Producer/Engineer

Sergei is a producer, engineer, and pianist currently studying at Laurier. Particularly interested in various styles of production, film-scoring, and sound design, Sergei has a wide range of knowledge on many different genres. With some success in 2014 around scoring, Sergei has scored short films, book trailers, and videos. Sergei has also produced hip-hop, electronic, and r&b tracks and relies on his production skills as a screen/media composer. When he isn’t producing, Sergei also writes concert works for everything from solo to full orchestra. Sergei’s main goal is to become a successful producer and film composer.



Jack Thomas
Current City: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Port Coquitlam, BC
School: Nimbus School of Recording and Media
Stream: Producer/Engineer

Jack suffered from a workplace injury and lost his arm when he was 17. He became passionate about music thanks to his high school music teacher, Steve Sainas, a previous MusiCounts Teacher of the Year. Jack has produced 8 albums and EPs in the last two years of being enrolled at Nimbus. He has a goal of being hired as a live sound engineer for bands coming through Vancouver as well as producing local talent to improve the quality and quantity of music coming out of Vancouver. Aside from producing and engineering, Jack is also a talented drummer and bass player.



The recipients are traveling to Toronto thanks to the support of Aeroplan. If you have Aeroplan Miles you would like to donate to MusiCounts, please click here.

Ashley Sperling