By Kimberley Hughes and first appeared in the 2019 JUNO Souvenir Program
MusiCounts had two previous scholarships that have now merged into a new enhanced MusiCounts Scholarship Program. Singer-songwriter Breagh Mackinnon received the 2013-14 MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award, and we connected with her to find out what she’s up to, and how the scholarship helped her music industry career development.
It’s easy to connect the dots of receiving the award in her graduating year at Nova Scotia’s St. Francis Xavier University — where Breagh earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance — and her winning the 2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class with Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro, her bandmates in Port Cities. (The trio showcased in London during JUNO Week.)
“The money I received allowed me to live for a while without getting a day job which meant I could pursue opportunities like touring, recording, and playing as an accompanist with other acts; stuff that got my foot in the door of the music industry. That’s when I started playing music with Carleton and Dylan, so that scholarship put me on the path to where I am now.”
The gifted Halifax-based MacKinnon continues: “To be honest, I’d never heard of MusiCounts until I received an email about the scholarship. I found out one of my profs nominated me, so it was a great boost of confidence. Getting that validation both from my teachers and the MusiCounts team made me feel that people believed in me and what I was doing.”
Learn more about Breagh at breaghmackinnon.com
Nominations for the 2019 MusiCounts Scholarship are now open!
Until May 3 Canadian post-secondary institutions can nominate up to three students enrolled in music studies who intend to pursue a career in one of the following career streams: performing artist, music production/recording arts, or music business. The students receive a financial award and intensive mentorship and networking week in Toronto. Click here for additional information.