Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — Toronto, ON – Today MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity, is pleased to announce that $900,000 in musical instruments and equipment will be distributed to 90 schools across Canada through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. The MusiCounts Band Aid Program provides up to $15,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment to schools in need. These instruments will enable schools to grow their existing music programs or help schools build a brand new music program for students.
This year, the roster of recipient schools is the most regionally diverse yet, with an unprecedented number of schools supported in the Territories, the Atlantic provinces, and the Western provinces. The MusiCounts Band Aid Program is also proud to equip schools with traditional instruments that will enable youth to celebrate and explore their cultural identity. Some schools will also receive adaptive musical instruments, allowing for students with exceptionalities to participate in music class.“MusiCounts is proud to support 90 recipient schools this year – congratulations to all the music programs!” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “However, there is still a lot of work to be done, and reading through many applications we received this year was heartbreaking. Whether schools have no instruments at all, or are struggling with collections of instruments that are in disrepair; students deserve to experience the benefits of music education in their school.”70% of 2020 recipient schools currently receive $500 or less for their music program, meaning $15,000 in equipment via the MusiCounts Band Aid Program is the equivalent of 30 years of typical funding all at once. Each year, the need for musical instruments in schools grows, and applications to the MusiCounts Band Aid Program continue to sharply increase. In 2020 MusiCounts is only able to help 1 in 7 schools that applied to receive support.JUNO award-winners and MusiCounts supporters, Walk Off The Earth, discuss the importance of music education in this video, and help announce the 2020 MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipients. Watch the full video here.