Music Heals Partners with Hard Rock Casino Vancouver to Fund Music Therapy in BC

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot/Wikimedia Commons]

Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot/Wikimedia Commons]

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.

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NAMM Foundation Launches “Believe In Music” Fund

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

NAMMThe NAMM Foundation, which has a stated goal of creating a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught, has launched the ‘Believe in Music’ fund.

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MusiCounts Announces $595K Going to 69 Schools Nationwide via Band Aid Program

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Lights with the students at Orchard Park Secondary School. [Photo: Barry Roden]

Lights with the students at Orchard Park Secondary School. [Photo: Barry Roden]

MusiCounts celebrated JUNO Week by announcing the 2014-2015 recipients of the Band Aid Program via a special presentation at Orchard Park Secondary School in Hamilton, ON. This year, the charity has distributed $595,000 in musical instruments among 69 schools nationwide in support of their individual music programs. SiriusXM Canada announced a contribution of $100,000 to MusiCounts’ Band Aid Program, which brings their total support to date up to over $1.3 million.

“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.”

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Surrey Long & McQuade Auctions Painted Instruments for Music Therapy

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Bryan Faber, guitar department manager at the Surrey, BC’s Long & McQuade.

Bryan Faber, acoustic and vintage instruments specialist at the Surrey, BC’s Long & McQuade.

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.

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