Today MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity, is pleased to announce that this year $725,000 in musical instruments and equipment, will be distributed to 80 schools across Canada through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. To celebrate, a specialMusiCounts StarBand comprised of Vancouver area music students will perform during JUNO Week on March 24, with special guests JUNO Award winners Dear Rouge.
“MusiCounts is excited that generations of students across Canada will know the benefits of music through these instrument grants,” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “We can’t wait to celebrate all 2018 MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipients during JUNO Week, with the MusiCounts StarBand and Dear Rouge.”
The MusiCounts StarBand is a unique multi-school wind orchestra featuring over 65 students from Vancouver area schools, who previously received instruments through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. Led by Education Chair, 2018 JUNO Host Committee and MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award recipient Mark Reid, participating MusiCounts StarBand schools include, John Oliver Secondary School, Killarney Secondary School, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Tamanawis
Secondary School, Maillard Middle School, Terry Fox Secondary School and Vancouver Technical Secondary School.
The free MusiCounts StarBand performance hosted by CBC personality Grant Lawrence, will take place Saturday, March 24 during Let’s Hear It! LIVE at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza (750 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC) from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (PST).
Each year, the MusiCounts Band Aid Program provides instruments in $5,000 or $10,000 increments to schools whose music programs are in need of support to ensure their sustained growth. Of the 80 schools announced this year, Conrad Fitzgerald Academy in English Harbour West, NL, will be the recipient of an enhanced, $20,000 True North: The Canadian Songbook Band Aid Grant. Prior to JUNO Week, MusiCounts surprised a Vancouver school with $10,000 in new instruments for their program. Watch the surprise unfold here.
*For a full list of 2017/2018 MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipients, click here.