CCMA Country Music Week Supports MusiCounts

Meghan Patrick Celebrates MusiCounts Band Aid Program,
Paul Brandt Supports MusiCounts With Black Hat Campaign, and
CCMA Awards Donate $1 Per Ticket

MusiCounts had a successful 2018 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) Country Music Week in Hamilton, ON filled with exciting events and initiatives. Meghan Patrick celebrated the MusiCounts Band Aid Program at a local Hamilton school, Paul Brandt spoke on behalf of MusiCounts at the CCMA Awards, and the 2018 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award recipient Laura Lee Matthie was honoured by Brett Kissel. Plus, the CCMA supported MusiCounts with various fundraising initiatives through the week including a $1 per ticket donation from the CCMA Awards. Thank you to the CCMA, Meghan Patrick, Paul Brandt, Brett Kissel, SiriusXM Canada and the entire country music community for your incredible support! 

On Friday September 7, Meghan Patrick helped MusiCounts surprise James MacDonald Elementary School with a special performance. Then she announced $5,000 worth of new instruments for the school’s music program via the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, thanks to the generous support of the CCMA and SiriusXM Canada. Read more.

On the CCMA Awards broadcast, Paul Brandt was joined by MusiCounts recipient student, Keira Le and they spoke about the impact of MusiCounts and music education. Paul also highlighted his The Black Hat That Does Good Thing Campaign in support of MusiCounts. Each hat is custom made with a MusiCounts teal liner, and a portion of the proceeds support MusiCounts. For more information and to purchase a hat, click here.

The CCMA also generously donated $1 per ticket from the CCMA Awards to MusiCounts, which means more students across Canada will have access to instruments in their schools.

To watch the MusiCounts moment on the CCMA Awards Broadcast visit (Around 1:07 following Lindsay Ell’s performance).

At the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards CCMA Award winner, Brett Kissel honoured the 2018 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award recipient, Laura Lee Matthie from Orillia, ON. Watch the video below to learn more about Laura Lee Matthie’s teaching accomplishments and the impact she’s had on students.

MusiCounts was also thrilled to hold a silent auction at the Gala, raising a significant amount of funds. Thank you to everyone who bid on items, and everyone who donated items including: Gibson Guitars, Aeroplan, MLSE, Barrie Wentzell, Paul Brandt, SiriusXM Canada and Tesla.

Throughout the weekend MusiCounts was at CCMA Fan Village in downtown Hamilton where fans were treated to performances by their favourite Canadian country artists and took part in various activations. Thanks to the CCMA,  MusiCounts, Unison Benevolent Fund and Shania Kids Can ran a 50/50 at Fan Village and the CCMA Awards Broadcast on Sunday Sept 10th, raising a over $5,000 for the charities and the winner. Thank you to everyone who purchased 50/50 tickets throughout the weekend.

MusiCounts looks forward to the 2019 CCMA Country Music Week in Calgary. To learn more visit