Kitigan Zibi School receives $10,000 MusiCounts grant
The Kitigan Zibi School in Maniwaki, Quebec recently hosted a traditional feast and acknowledged the support of the MusiCounts Band Aid program along with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). The school received a $10,000 grant to purchase a variety of instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, a keyboard, an electronic drum set and amplifiers.
"It was a great honour to be invited to join Kitigan Zibi for their annual feast and Science Fair. I strongly believe that fostering the creative minds of tomorrow is a crucial cultural investment in our future,” said Melanie Berry, President & CEO of CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “We are proud to have awarded this grant and we hope that our contribution helps inspire future students to enjoy music."
Two-time JUNO winner Derek Miller was also at the feast and performed a song during the celebrations.
MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances, have access to music programs through their schools. MusiCounts includes Band Aid musical instrument grants, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCounts is funded by various initiatives such as the JUNO Awards nominee compilation CDs; annual contributions by Bell Media; Astral Media; TD; SiriusXM Canada; the Slaight Family Foundation; Vista Radio, and supported since inception by EMI Music Canada Inc.; Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.; Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada Ltd.; as well as JUNO Songwriters’ Circle presented by CMPA and SOCAN; JUNO Cup presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. To date, MusiCounts has awarded nearly 5 million dollars to help keep music alive, impacting 262 Post-Secondary graduates and an estimated 400,000 students, their schools and communities.
For more information, please visit: www.musicounts.ca