Last week I was a guest speaker at the Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver. I had a great discussion with the business students (that ranged from managers, concert promoters and band members) at this school of rock and I also learned a bit about the Music Therapy Ride.
For nine years now the Music Therapy Ride, which is a motorcycle convoy from the Lower Mainland to Whistler, has raised over $350,000 for local causes. The funds then go toward music therapy programs and this year, the ride committee is aiming to build a recording studio at BC Childrens’ Hospital, as a part of the Band Wagon Legacy Project.
Music Therapy is the skillful and creative use of music to improve health, well-being and quality of life. Qualified therapists help people of all ages and abilities to help people reach their fullest potential through music. Music has helped an inspiring young woman, Megan McNeil, express herself and promote a cause that she holds dear.
Will to Survive, written & performed by Megan McNeil, produced by Garth Richardson of Nimbus.
You can register now for the 2010 Music Therapy Ride, which will depart from the River Rock Casino on September 18th at 9:30am.
Motorcycles, passengers, and cars are welcome although there is limited space for cars. Participants are also given a special group rate if they would like to stay overnight at the Fairmont in Whistler.
You can read more about the ride (and celebrity guests Raine Maida & Chantal Kreviazuk) on the Music Therapy Ride site or follow on Twitter @MTRBC.