Canadian Musician - May-June 2022 - Page 17

MusiCounts Awards 78 Canadian Schools with $ 875K in Grants for Instruments
Canadian music education charity MusiCounts has awarded 27 schools in Ontario and Quebec with $ 305,000 in musical instruments and equipment via the 2022 MusiCounts Band Aid Program . The MusiCounts Band Aid Program grants up to $ 15,000 for high-need schools all across Canada to start or refurbish their music programming . In total , the 2022 MusiCounts Band Aid Program will support 78 schools from across Canada with $ 875,000 in grants to give more students access to the benefits of music education .
The MusiCounts Band Aid Program supports any approach to music education , and the 2022 recipients will be using grants to acquire instruments for steel pan ensembles , concert bands , songwriting and recording programs , Orff ensembles ( programs that incorporate movement , drama , and speech ), and much more .
Many schools that applied for a 2022 MusiCounts Band Aid Program grant reported insufficient funds to deliver music programming in their classrooms . One of those schools , Sunnyview Middle School in Brampton , ON , currently has no budget for their school music program . The school serves a large Caribbean student population that is introducing a steel pan program with MusiCounts ’ s support to enable students to engage more closely with their cultural heritage .
For more information and to view a list of all recipient schools , go to www . musicounts . ca .