2019 MusiCounts Scholarship Recipients & New Indspire Partnership

MusiCounts Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients And Partnership With Indspire

MusiCounts is pleased to announce six recipients of the 2019 MusiCounts Scholarship presented by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project. This year, MusiCounts is proud to partner with national Indigenous charity, Indspire, which invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of themselves, their families and communities. The partnership will see two Indigenous students supported through the MusiCounts Scholarship program.

“We are excited to celebrate this year’s recipients and give them tools to help launch their careers thanks to the generosity of the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project and Indspire,” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “Congratulations to the students, you have worked exceptionally hard and we can’t wait to see where your career in music takes you.”

“This partnership is another step in the direction of supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to achieve their potential,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO, Indspire. “We are grateful for the support of MusiCounts and for the work they are doing to advance Indigenous achievement and education.”

“At RBC, our commitment to the arts includes helping artists bridge the gap from “emerging” to “established,” said Valerie Chort, Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. “We are thrilled to continue our support of the 2019 MusiCounts Scholarship, and to help even more emerging Canadian music professionals pursue their dreams.”

Launched in 2018, the MusiCounts Scholarship recognizes post-secondary students who demonstrate excellence, display a commitment to music in their community and show a consistently high level of achievement in their careers to date. Each student was nominated by their post-secondary institution and intend to pursue a career in one of the following streams: performing artist, music production/recording arts, or music business.

In addition to a $4,000 financial contribution, the Scholarship recipients will receive a five-day mentoring and networking experience in Toronto to help establish their careers in music from September 30 – October 4. This will include sessions with:
Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS
Marianas Trench guitarist Matt Webb
Temi Argyropoulos, Manager of Licensing, Anthem Entertainment
Chris Moncada, Senior Vice President, eOne Entertainment
Nathan Wiszniak, Head of Canada Artist and Label Marketing, Spotify
Anne Stirk, Artist & Label Manager, Spotify
Julie Adam, Senior Vice President – Radio, Rogers Communications
Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director, Canadian Music Publishers Association
Dr. Catherine Moore, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and many more


The 2019 MusiCounts Scholarship recipients presented by The RBC Foundation are:

Joash Almeda (BABYLUNG), Harris Institute for the Arts, Hometown: Surrey, BC
Kelly D Ermine, Recording Arts Canada, Indspire Recipient, Hometown: Sturgeon Lake, SK
Cassidy Glecoff, Metalworks Institute of Sound & Music Production, Hometown: Haliburton, ON
Liam Gordon, Wilfred Laurier University, Indspire Recipient, Hometown: Woodstock, ON
Nathalie Parent, MacEwan University, Hometown: Prince Albert, SK
Kierian Turner, University of Lethbridge, Hometown: Winnipeg, MB



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About Indspire
Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. In 2018-19 Indspire awarded $16.3 million through 5,553 scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students across Canada.