On Saturday, May 25th at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island, join us as Music BC Charitable Foundation helps celebrate the life of Duncan McPhee, and will announce our new Duncan McPhee Memorial Scholarship!
Performers will include Bandwagon and Fowl Mouth McPhee. Doors ($10) open at 8:30 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund.
On Wednesday, April 10th at the Media Club in Vancouver, Nimbus School of Recording Arts held their annual Spring Social, celebrating grads and welcoming new students, with proceeds from the event benefiting Music BC Charitable Foundation!
The Foundation is thrilled to receive $192.30 in donations from the event – enough to furnish a school band with replacement reeds for their woodwinds, with enough left over to match a school with a mentor for a SONG Session!
Thank you, Nimbus! You guys rock!
Click here to check out some photos from the event.
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If you will be able to join us, please RSVP to Nicole Stead, Foundation Coordinator, directly at: email@example.com
Music BC Charitable Foundation would like to thank LIVE at Squamish and brand.LIVE for the opportunity to conduct a charity guitar raffle at the LIVE at Squamish music festival this year. We have a gorgeous Epiphone acoustic which we will be requesting all LIVE at Squamish artists sign during the course of the festival. Attendees of the festival will have a chance to buy their tickets all weekend long, either at the artist merchandise booth or from our mobile ticket selling team!
Keep your eyes on our twitter feed to catch our snaps of LIVE at Squamish performers signing what could YOUR new axe!
If you want a chance to get in on this raffle, but don’t have your LIVE at Squamish tickets yet, there are still some available online. Surf to www.liveatsquamish.com for more info!
Music BC Charitable Foundation is proud to announce the very worthy recipients of our most recent Adopt an Instrument program grant.
Girls Rock Camp is a registered non-profit society and part of the North American alliance of Girls Rock Camps especially for girls ages 8-18 years old. The camps are unique in that they stress the importance of independence, pride and self-confidence for young women in a traditionally male-dominated genre. In their own words, they are
“…committed to building self-esteem and developing life skills in young women while cultivating a supportive community of peers and mentors.”
Along with Adopt an Instrument program partners Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, we supplied one full rock band set-up including guitars, bass, amps, drum set, keyboard, cases and accessories to this year’s Girls Rock Camp, which took place in July 2012 at the Urban Native Youth Association center. Every year Girls Rock Camp holds spaces in reserve for aboriginal youth to participate in the camps. Camp tuition is very reasonable, and provides an accessible, safe and positive space for girls to experience, experiment and learn about being part of a real rock ensemble.
Girls Rock Camp Vancouver also hosts a Ladies Rock Camp in the spring at the Waldorf Hotel, a ladies rock camp in a women’s correctional facility, a DTES Rock Camp and various rock-themed shows and workshops throughout the year.
For more information about enrolling your child in Girls Rock Camp, enrolling yourself in Ladies Rock Camp, or to donate to the organization, please visit girlsrockcampvancouver.ca.
On December 12th, 2011, Queen Alexandra Elementary School received a significant contribution towards their school music education program. Music BC Charitable Foundation and the TELUS Vancouver Community Board have teamed up to present this East Vancouver school with brand new band instruments through the Adopt an Instrument Program.
A $10,000 donation from TELUS, as part of their unique Community Boards funding program, has gone toward buying new flutes, trumpets, saxophones, clarinets, and more for this needy East Vancouver school. Industry partner and sponsor Long & McQuade Musical Instruments has also stepped in to supply instruments at discounted prices to make the donation go even further.
The public cheque presentation took place at Queen Alexandra Elementary School located at 1300 East Broadway, on Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 9:00 AM. In attendance were: TELUS Vancouver Community Board manager Kristina Chang, Long & McQuade Musical Instrument’s Head of Education Mike Cronin, Music BC Charitable Foundation President Elka Yarlowe, Executive Director Bob D’Eith, Director Cal Misener, as well as teacher Rick Lee and about 40 students from Queen Alexandra Elementary.
The students helped us bring in the musical bounty, which was delivered in a sparkling white TELUS van, courtesy of TELUS Vancouver Community Boards. After unpacking the various instruments and stands, the students all got a chance to try their hand at the new instruments and pick their favorite. Foundation President and past music teacher Elka Yarlowe lead the group in an celebratory try-out of all the new musical gifts.
Recently awarded funds new funds, the Adopt an Instrument program will be expanding its reach and providing instruments to Queen Alexandra’s sister school Grandview Elementary, as well as remote public and band council schools in BC in the near future. Their Adopt an Instrument program aims to put an instrument in the hands of every BC child and has donated over 500 band and string instruments since launching the program in 2007.
To nominate your school for an Adopt an Instrument grant, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the TELUS Community Boards
TELUS Community Boards are an innovative model for funding youth-focused charities and put decision-making in the hands of local leaders who know their communities best. Eleven TELUS Community Boards are making a positive impact across Canada from coast-to-coast in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Rimouski, Quebec City, Atlantic Canada and the most recently launched board in the Thompson Okanagan region of B.C. Since their inception in 2005, the Community Boards have contributed $30 million to grassroots charitable organizations and supported more than 2,300 community projects. The TELUS Community Boards and the meaningful difference they make significantly contributed to TELUS receiving the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2010 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for the Most Outstanding Corporation globally. For more information about the TELUS Vancouver Community Board or to apply for funding, visit www.telus.com/community.
SONG alumni Lin Wang tells her story about how the creative arts are helping new Canadians make new friendships and overcome social barriers (Newcomer Magazine Canada, July/August 2011) .
The first ever of it’s kind–a portable recording studio for use by sick kids in BC Children’s Hospital, was delivered today in Vancouver courtesy of the Vancouver Music Therapy Ride and Trust Fund. The Ride, which raises funds for music therapy in Vancouver, takes place September 17th and goes from the River Rock Casino in Surrey to Whistler, BC. For more information on how to participate or contribute, please visit http://musictherapyride.org/
For more information on the Variety-funded “Band Wagon” mobile recording studio project please read the Georgia Straight article here: http://www.straight.com/article-406526/vancouver/band-wagon-rolls-bc-childrens-hospital
Best of luck to all the Music Therapy Ride participants and congrats BC Children’s Hospital on this amazing new project!
On Saturday, May 21st at 1:30pm, Shore 104.3 FM and the Music BC Charitable Foundation will be dropping off donated musical instruments for the Oppenheimer Park music group, as part of the Shore 104.3 FM Adopt an Instrument program. The Oppenheimer Park music program is administered by Sandy McKeigan of Carnegie Community Center and Oppenheimer Park Recreation, who describes the gatherings as musical jams that are well attended by the community and often draw a crowd of both participants and audience members to this central hub of the DTES.
Just one of the great efforts to revitalize Oppenheimer Park and breathe new life and community spirit into the DTES, this worthy group contacted Music BC seeking donations of musical instruments. We would like to facilitate opening up this request to the community at large.
The center has expressed a need for acoustic and electric instruments, and can use guitars, basses, keyboards and amplifiers. If you have an instrument you would like to donate they can be dropped off at Shore 104.3 FM office (225 West 8th Ave 3rd Floor) or Long & McQuade (368 Terminal Avenue). Music BC Charitable Foundation is also accepting cash donations to be used towards the purchase of instruments for this drop (just click the “Donate” button on your right to donate funds via credit card/ PayPal and indicate you would like to donate to Adopt an Instrument).
If you are unable to drop off your instrument please contact the Music BC Charitable Foundation and we will arrange pick-up for suitable items (no grand pianos please!)
For media and all other requests please contact Rebecca@musicbc.org 604-873-1198.
Go to the Oppenheimer Park facebook page to see pics and find out about current events.
This event is sponsored by:
Music BC Charitable Foundation and Music BC would like to extend a heartfelt wish for speedy recovery to Michael Taylor of Acoustic Groove.
We encourage the community to donate money to Mike’s recovery fund at Vancity or via paypal (links below.)
For those of you unaware, Vancouver-Surrey entertainer Michael Taylor of the group Acoustic Groove was viciously assaulted after an engagement in downtown Vancouver, late Friday evening/early Saturday morning of April 1st.
Here is what was posted on the Acoustic Groove Facebook wall regarding donations:
Update on donations for Michael Taylor and his family…
The generosity expressed by the community at large has been so heartening. So much healing for Mike…he is moved and humbled.
The desire to contribute has been insistent…so much so, that we have mobilized to make donations as simple as possible.
Here are the options:
1. At any Vancity Credit Union branch.
The account is: Michael Taylor In Trust
Branch 18 Account# 427245
3. Mail c/o
Michael Taylor In Trust
146-101 Parkside Drive,
Port Moody, BC