What: The MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation recognizes an individual who has had an extraordinary impact on education and the charity over the course of its history.
When: MusiCounts and the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation are pleased to present Gord Bamford with the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award at the inaugural Canadian Music Hall of Fame Ceremony in Calgary on October 27, 2019 at the National Music Centre.
In honour of the Award Recipients, $30,000 worth of MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grants will be awarded to Canadian schools.
Each Award Recipient will also receive a solid crystal statuette based on the JUNO Award design created by Canadian glass artist, the late Shirley Elford.
2019-20 Recipient Schools
To be announced in early 2020.
About the Award Recipient
When it comes to stars, Gord Bamford is as humble as they come. Ask the Canadian country artist to name his greatest achievement and he’ll tell you, without hesitation, it’s the charity work of his Gord Bamford Foundation. Although he’s had numerous hit songs, won 26 Canadian Country Music Association awards and is the only two-time winner of Nashville’s Country Music Association’s Global Country Artist award, the four-time JUNO nominee is proudest of giving back to communities and organizations in-need, including the music education charity associated with The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts.
In 2008, Bamford formed his Foundation after holding his first annual charity golf tournament. The Lacombe, Alberta-raised artist had grown up spending time with his big brother match through the Big Brothers and Sisters program and credits the local 4H chapter with teaching him discipline. Those organizations, he says, had a big impact on his life, so they were the first to receive funds from his Foundation. In fact, Big Brothers Big Sisters were able to establish a permanent home in Lacombe thanks to Bamford’s work.
Over 63 organizations—with initiatives ranging from music, education, health care and sports—have been supported by the more than $4 million the Foundation has raised to date.
It wasn’t long before Bamford discovered MusiCounts and its Band Aid Program that provides musical instruments to schools in need across Canada. Since 2014, his Foundation has donated $200,000 to the charity to support school music programs, the largest donation ever received from an artist in MusiCounts’ history.
As well, Bamford sponsored the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award that recognized the work of Jeff Kula—even showing up in person to honour the Winnipeg teacher. And he’s performed at a MusiCounts Band Aid Program celebration and met with the music class, helping to inspire the next generation of music fans and creators. Says Bamford: “The greatest thing I get to do is interact with a lot of these children and try to make a difference in their lives.”
“This all started as a dream to support local charities and children in central Alberta,” explained the country star. “Over time, we’ve seen the impact these monies can have to support groups across Canada so they too can fulfill their dreams.” When it comes to Bamford’s philanthropy, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Previous MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Recipients
About the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation
Founded in 1960, The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping Canadian families save for their children's post-secondary education through its subsidiaries CST Spark Inc. and CST Consultants Inc. In addition to its focus on education savings, the Foundation rewards hard working and community minded Canadian students through scholarships, bursaries and awards programs - with more than $2 million awarded since CST began. Through innovation, advocacy and philanthropy The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation continues to deliver upon its mission. For more information, visit www.cst.org