Congratulations to Amber Livingstone of Surrey, BC, who won our one-of-a-kind autographed Epiphone guitar signed by LIVE at Squamish performers.
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.
The Songwriters of a New Generation program wrapped up this year on June 13th, with an end of year showcase event. This annual event takes place to recognize a semester of hard work from all our student songwriters and the generous contributions of our mentors, guest speakers and program sponsors.
This year’s event took place at Gallagher’s Cafe and Bistro in Port Moody and hosted a line-up of 15 very talented up and coming SONG students!
Thanks to all our lovely mentors, sponsors, host schools, parents, faculty and most of all- the student songwriters!
Music BC Charitable Foundation is proud to present SONG for another school year, starting in September 2012. If you are interested in engaging SONG for your school, community center or youth group, please contact us at email@example.com for a program information package.
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.
Music BC Charitable Foundation is proud to announce our acceptance into the Aviva Community Fund online grant community! Our Adopt an Instrument program has been accepted into Round 3 of funding and your votes could mean new instruments for public school music programs through out BC!
The Aviva Community Fund was started by the Aviva Insurance Group to fund expert ideas that fuel community improvement. They have run 2 rounds of voting so far and the 3rd round is the final opportunity to make it to the semi-finals, where the Top 30 is then voted on again. The most popular out of each category in the Top 30 receive a portion of the $1,000,000 prize.
Please go and create an account on Aviva Community Fund and vote for us. You receive 15 votes for each round and can vote multiple times for the same project. We encourage you to vote for us and also check out the other very deserving proposals on the site.
Have you ever wanted a tool to engage your students, get them excited about writing and literacy and challenge them to understand and critique popular media?
All these aspects, and more, make Songwriters of a New Generation a must-have program for elementary through secondary schools, as well as youth groups and community centers.
Songwriters Of a New Generation (S.O.N.G) is a program available to both public and private schools in BC. We provide music industry mentors who visit class rooms as an after school club or alternatively can be integrated into the curriculum. These mentors provide music industry education, a safe place for students to express themselves, show students how to be part of (and build) a community, as well as teaching the age old craft of songwriting. Additionally, we are also working on building up a network of music teachers who would like access to the unique SONG curriculum and training to teach it in their own music programs.
Having worked with numerous schools since 2005, this program has been extremely well received by students and administration alike. With success stories such as having students performing at the Juno Awards Gala Dinner, students winning songwriting contests, and the group of students in the band called The Latency (Signed a record deal right out of high school and had three #1 hits on Much Music), the program mentors provide knowledge which can only come from years of experience. This experience is then passed on to the students, helping them grow as artists and people.
Music BC Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce they are providing the SONG program to five needy schools this January free of cost. If you are interested in applying for this bursary please download the following form and submit to email@example.com
Deadline to submit is November 15th, 2011. 5:00 PM
On October 13th, 2011 Songwriters of a New Generation hosted it’s annual recital at Centennial Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC. “SONG” is an extra-curricular songwriting and community building program administered by Music BC Charitable Foundation on behalf of schools and community centers through BC and the lower mainland.
A gaggle of talented teens turned out to wow us with the songs they had written either in the SONG club at their school or after taking the program.
Sponsored by Nimbus School of Recording Arts, we were lucky to have a team of sound engineers on hand to run the technical side of things, as well as Nimbus founders (and renowned producers/engineers) Garth Richardson and Kevin Williams as mentors. Appropriately enough, our top three “studio ready” artists were also each awarded free recording time at Nimbus!
Alexis Douglas from Astral/CBC and Yael Akron from Pomme were also generous to donate their time to help provide helpful critiques to all the performers.
Thanks to generous donations from JAM! Industries (Erikson Audio, Erikson Music) Tom Lee Music and Music BC, we were able to score some amazing prizes and every student performer went home with something great- from a Marshall Megastack to an Audio Technica condenser mic to a free Music BC membership! Thanks to Tom Lee, every performer left with a $50 Next Level school gift certificate.
Photographers Ashley Tanasiychuk of Formatnoauto Photography and Elias Crespo-Mulatto were on hand to capture both still and moving pictures. Here’s what we’ve managed to edit so far!
We are currently working on an edited video of the production, so please check back for updates on that!
Thanks to our wonderful judges, sound crew, photographers, teachers Andrew Clark & Malcolm Grier, Centennial Secondary School, Nimbus, Jam Industries, Tom Lee, Music BC and most of all the talented and inspiring performers who made the night a success!