MusiCounts‘ mission is to ensure that children in Canada have access to a comprehensive music program through their school. MusiCounts includes Band Aid musical instrument grants, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives.
MusiCounts began in 1989 in order to provide annual scholarships to exceptional graduates enrolled in post-secondary music industry arts programs across Canada. In 1997, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Science (CARAS) created the Band Aid program, which awards a grant to secondary schools each year.
For 2008-2009 honorees in our province include Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River, KB Woodward in Surrey, Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary in Vancouver, and Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam.
Shout out to KB Woodward — my best friend growing up went there and we used to rollerblade in its courtyard on sunny Saturday afternoons.
Chosen schools receive $10,000 in musical instrument grants so that they can grow and sustain their music programs.
The Trews, who are nominated for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year, will speak at Terry Fox Secondary this Thursday morning about their personal experiences with music programs and will follow up with a private performance for the school’s 1,700 students. The school’s jazz and rock bands will also perform.