MusiCompte and TD Bank Group on Wednesday honored 30 community music programs across the country which received $ 500,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment for more than 3,000 budding musicians. Half went to organizations based in Ontario.
Three community groups received funding in Quebec, with two groups each in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick and the Yukon, and one each in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador receiving support .
Music-focused organizations ranged from The Hammer Band in Toronto – From Violence to Violins to Ball4All Sports Initiatives in Guelph – Beats, Balls and Rhymes at the Charlotte Street Arts Center – Fredericton Girls Rock Camp.
The Canadian Music Education Charity associated with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Juno Awards, donated instruments to the program TD MusiCompte community music program, launched in 2017.
JUNO award-winning artist Derek Miller hosted a celebration for the selected organizations, Music for the Spirit, a community music learning, singing and playing program in Ohsweken, Ont. Six Nations Grand River Reserve.
Music for the Spirit is a community project that helps Indigenous youth discover their traditions and heritage while learning musical skills. The Anglican Church of Canada and the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation, which provides grants to indigenous peoples and entrepreneurs, had previously provided musical instruments to Music for the Spirit for learning, singing and playing music.
“Music has the power to transform communities and empower the next generation of creative thinkers, musicians and artists,” said Kristy Fletcher, executive director of MusiCounts, in a statement. “Thank you to TD Bank Group for supporting MusiCompte and helping us donate instruments and equipment to community music programs in need, which impacts generations of young people.
The TD MusiCompte Community Music Program offers musical instrument and equipment grants ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 25,000 to programs in schools and activity centers in underserved communities.
To date, the program has provided more than $ 2.2 million in musical instruments and equipment to 125 programs nationwide.
In 2017, TD Bank Group pledged an additional $ 1.87 million to MusiCompte over three years to continue its musical instruments program.
“We are delighted that to date more than 15,000 young people have experienced the joy of music through the instruments provided by the TD MusiCompte community music program, and we are honored to be in Ohsweken today to celebrate all of them. the 2018 recipients, ”Valerie Picher, associate vice president of community relations at TD Bank Group, said in her own statement.
Youth from the community and all participants were invited to join a collaborative song and dance circle to conclude Wednesday’s celebration at Music for the Spirit.
“It’s really great being a part of Music for the Spirit, mentoring the kids, showing them something new and giving them a great start in music. Having the instruments from MusiCounts and TD will help the young people to continue to develop and that gives any community a boost, ”added Derek Miller.
Since 1997, MusiCompte has donated over $ 10 million in musical instruments and equipment to nearly 1,000 school and community groups across Canada.
MusiCounts’ mission is to celebrate “musical excellence and put musical instruments in the hands of the kids who need them most.”
The MusiCounts Band Aid program provides up to $ 15,000 worth of musical instruments to music programs in elementary, secondary, secondary and separate schools across Canada.
Complete list of 2018 TD MusiCompte Community Music Program recipients:
Sankofa Arts and Music Foundation (Calgary)
iHuman Youth Society – Music Program (Edmonton)
Saint James Academy of Music (Vancouver)
Richmond Music School Society – Violin Awareness Course (Richmond)
West Broadway Youth Awareness Music Program (Winnipeg)
Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Art – Share the Music! (Winnipeg)
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra – Sistema New Brunswick (Tracadie)
Charlotte Street Arts Center – Fredericton Girls Rock Camp (Fredericton)
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Choice of 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 Song Foundation (Toronto)
Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Music Studio
ArtsCanU Circle – Attawapiskat
Music for the Spirit – Ohsweken
Music Society of Chatham Kent – After School Program (Chatham)
CultureLink Settlement and Community Services – Nai Children’s Choir (Toronto)
The Salvation Army Board of Trustees – North York Temple Corps School of Music (North York)
The Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association – El Sistema Aeolian (London)
Dixon Hall Neighborhood Services School of Music (Toronto)
Discovery Through the Arts – Youth Advantage Community Outreach (East York)
Ball4All Sports Initiatives – Beats, Balls and Rhymes (Guelph)
El Sistema Gray Bruce – The Big Sound (Owen Sound)
À deux mains / Head & Hands – Jeunesse 2000 Music Studio (Montreal)
Dawson Youth Hall / Dawson Music Studio (Montreal)
La Ruche Musicale / La Ruche Musicale (Verdun)
The AIM (Ability in Me) Program – Early Learning Programs (Saskatoon)
Skookum Jim Friendship Center – Splintered Craft (Whitehorse)
Heart of Riverdale Community Center Society School of Music (Whitehorse)
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