MusiCounts Surpasses $1 Million in Grants for Music Education

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Serena Ryder with the students of Woodbine Jr. High School. Photo courtesy of Barry Roden.

MusiCounts has announced that for the first time ever it will surpass $1,000,000 in grants awarded through their music education programs.  The news of this year’s funding is a major milestone that Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has been striving to achieve.  The announcement was made by Melanie Berry, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts during a celebration held at Woodbine Jr. High School in Toronto.

“Sixteen years ago MusiCounts bestowed our first ever Band Aid grants.  Witnessing MusiCounts grow to the point where we are awarding over $1,000,000 in funding to support music education this year alone is an incredible milestone,” said Melanie Berry, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “These grants have provided hundreds of thousands of students with the opportunity to learn the joy of making music, an opportunity that they otherwise may have missed out on.”

MusiCounts visited Woodbine Jr. High School to announce the recipients of the 2012/13 Band Aid Grants, awarding $735,000 to 86 applicants.  From Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, to Foxtrap, Newfoundland, to Pangnirtung, Nunavut, this year’s grants are impacting school communities in every province and territory in the country.  With City Councillor Shelley Carroll and members of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) as well as Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada and Ali Slaight of the Slaight Family Foundation in attendance, Woodbine JHS and 10 other TDSB schools were each given $10,000 through partnerships with MusiCounts, Music Canada and the Slaight Family Foundation.  Graham Henderson was happy to announce Music Canada has pledged $250,000 to the Band Aid Grant Program over the next three years, which will not only support schools within the TDSB but also others across the country.

“Music Canada and our members, are pleased to support MusiCounts, not just because our future musicians and artists are currently young children who are now just dreaming about a career in music, but also because there is vast evidence that music education contributes to the broader development of young minds and more well-rounded citizens,” says Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada.  “Music is a great equalizer, bridging all cultures, languages and with Band Aid grants directed where they are most needed, income levels.”

Taking a quick break from rehearsals for her upcoming national tour, JUNO Award Winner, Serena Ryder, surprised the students and staff of Woodbine JHS by stopping by to sing “What I Wouldn’t Do” and “Stompa” from her new album, Harmony. Generous with her time and enthusiasm, Serena dropped by the music room to deliver the $10,000 worth of instruments to the music department.

Serena also had some words of inspiration for the students, saying, “It’s an honour to once again work with MusiCounts.  Ensuring that music education flourishes in the classroom is a cause near and dear to my heart and I applaud all that they do. Today was a fantastic celebration and congratulations to this year’s Band Aid recipients.”

For Full list of 2012-2013 MusiCounts Band Aid Grant Recipients Please Click Here