Music Heals has announced the support of Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in a new initiative that will increase access to music therapy for seniors living in the Tri-Cities area. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver has committed to donating $6,000 to Music Heals, which will add hundreds hours of music therapy programming at a facility in Coquitlam, BC throughout 2017.
“Providing funding for music education is not just about creating the next generation of JUNO Award winning artists, it’s about giving students the tools that will help turn them into creative, and critical thinkers that will achieve success later in life,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “We are tremendously thankful for all of our long-term key partners who make this possible, especially SiriusXM Canada who has been supporting MusiCounts over the past seven years.”
A couple years ago, Bryan Faber, the acoustic and vintage instruments specialist at the Surrey, BC Long & McQuade location, had an idea of what do to do with a few unusable guitars he had at the shop. He called up a few of his artist friends in the community and had them paint the instruments. The works of art were then sold and the proceeds went to the BC Children’s Hospital’s music therapy program. It made sense as music therapy is a cause that Long & McQuade has long supported in British Columbia and across the country. Since then, the painted instrument fundraiser has continued to grow. Last year, Yorkville Sound donated a few c-stock Epiphone guitars, which were again painted and auctioned off, raising enough money to hire another full-time music therapist for the music therapy program, which operates solely no donations.