“Music has the power to enrich lives and create stronger more vibrant communities,” says Claudine Dupont, Vice President, Global Brand and Corporate Sponsorship, TD Bank Group. “Through our commitment to MusiCounts, we’re providing youth with access to instruments and unique opportunities to learn through musical education.”
This year, The Remix Project received $19,000 in new musical instruments and equipment and Art Starts received $10,000 in new musical instruments and equipment, two of the organizations benefitting from the program.
The Remix Project is a grassroots organization that was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized, and underserved communities. The program addresses the roots of youth violence by empowering youth and helping them create the ultimate career with their artistic skills. Art Starts inspires and cultivates social change by bringing professional artists and Toronto residents together to create community-building projects in all artistic disciplines. By establishing ongoing music projects in response to the interests and needs of the youth with whom they work, it can help offset negative influences and contribute to their personal development as well as their community’s vitality.
Société culturelle des Tracadilles, Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick
The Edmonton Strings Players Association, Edmonton, Alberta
The HopeWorks Connection, Toronto, Ontario
The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s MILL), Kingston, Ontario
The Remix Project, Toronto, Ontario
The Treehouse Housing Association, Telkwa, British Columbia
UNITY Charity, Toronto, Ontario
Wallaceburg and District Council for the Arts, Wallaceburg, Ontario
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Youth Link, Toronto, Ontario