30 Programs Across Canada Receiving $500,000 In Music Instruments
Today MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity, hosted a celebration with JUNO Award-winning artist Derek Miller, to announce the 2018 MusiCounts TD Community Music Program recipients at Music For The Spirit in Ohsweken, ON on the Six Nations Grand River Reserve. A total of 30 community music programs from across Canada, including Music For The Spirit, will be receiving $500,000 in musical instruments and equipment, benefitting over 3,000 participants this year.
“Music has the power to transform communities and empower the next generation of creative thinkers, musicians and artists,” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “Thank you to TD Bank Group for supporting MusiCounts and helping us give instruments and equipment to community music programs in need, impacting generations of youth. Congratulations to all the 2018 recipient programs from across Canada!”
“Music has the power to unite us and helps build a sense of community based on shared experiences. Through The Ready Commitment, our global corporate citizenship platform, we’re proud to partner with MusiCounts to enrich lives through music. We’re thrilled that to date over 15,000 youth have experienced the joy of music through instruments provided by the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, and we’re honoured to be in Ohsweken today celebrating all of the 2018 recipients.” said Valérie Picher, Associate Vice President, Community Relations, TD Bank Group.
The event featured a performance of “Someone Call An Angel Down” from Miller who is also a mentor for Music For The Spirit, the students also sang renditions of “Where Is My Mind?” (Pixies), “Riptide” (Vance Joy), “Wagon Wheel” (Darius Rucker) and there was an instrument unveiling at the event. Community youth and all attendees were invited to join a collaborative song and dance circle to close out the celebration. Additionally, several 2018 recipient programs from across the country were highlighted at the event.
“It’s really awesome to be a part of Music For The Spirit, mentor the kids, show them something new and give them a jump start into music. Having the instruments from MusiCounts and TD will help the youth continue to develop and it gives the whole community a boost,” said Derek Miller, JUNO Award-winning artist.
Music For the Spirit is a grassroots, youth-lead program focusing on learning keyboard, ukulele, guitar, drums and vocals. The programming includes Indigenous visual arts and Indigenous instrument-making workshops. Many youth in the community do not have access to musical instruments through other means, and the new instruments provided via the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program will mean more youth are able to experience the benefits of music. Learn more about Music For The Spirit as part of our Meet The Recipients series.
The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program provides musical instrument and equipment grants up to $25,000 for after-school programs and other community non-profit organizations, that have great potential yet need funding to ensure their sustained growth. To-date the program has provided over $2.2 million in instruments and equipment to 125 programs nationwide. In 2017, TD Bank Group committed an additional 1.875 million to MusiCounts over three years.
The week of November 19, each day MusiCounts will showcase a recipient program from across the country at MusiCounts.ca and highlight how new instruments will positively impact the program and community.
To download hi-res images, click here. (photo credit: Barry Roden)
2018 MUSICOUNTS TD COMMUNITY MUSIC PROGRAM RECIPIENTS
Sankofa Arts and Music Foundation (Calgary)
iHuman Youth Society – Music Program (Edmonton)
Saint James Music Academy (Vancouver)
Richmond Music School Society – Outreach Violin Classes (Richmond)
West Broadway Youth Outreach Music Program (Winnipeg)
Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts – Sharing Music! (Winnipeg)
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra – Sistema New Brunswick (Tracadie)
Charlotte Street Arts Centre – Fredericton Girls Rock Camp (Fredericton)
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
Choices for Youth Music Program (St. John’s)
Orillia Youth Center (Orillia)
East Ends Arts – The Music Project Toronto (East York)
The Hammer Band – From Violence to Violins (Toronto)
Rainbow Songs Foundation (Toronto)
Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Music Studio
ArtsCanU Circle – Attawapiskat
Music for the Spirit
Music Society of Chatham Kent – After School Program (Chatham)
CultureLink Settlement and Community Services – Nai Children’s Choir (Toronto)
The Governing Council of The Salvation Army – North York Temple Corps School of Music (North York)
The Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association – El Sistema Aeolian (London)
Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services Music School (Toronto)
Discovery Through the Arts – Youth Advantage Community Outreach (East York)
Ball4All Sports Initiatives – Beats, Balls and Rhymes (Guelph)
À deux mains / Head & Hands – Jeunesse 2000 Music Studio (Montreal)
Repaire jeunesse Dawson / Dawson Music Studio (Montreal)
La Ruche Musicale / The Music Hive (Verdun)
The AIM (Ability in Me) Program – Early Learning Programs (Saskatoon)
Skookum Jim Friendship Center – Splintered Craft (Whitehorse)
The Heart of Riverdale Community Centre Society School of Music (Whitehorse)