Friday September 8, 2017, Canada’s leading music education charity MusiCounts, celebrated the start of PotashCorp Country Music Week, with an announcement that the Gord Bamford Foundation is renewing its commitment to MusiCounts with a $100,000 donation. The Gord Bamford Foundation had previously made a generous donation of $100,000 in 2014. A non-profit organization, the Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth and through the ongoing partnership, MusiCounts will be able to provide musical instruments to children who need them most for years to come.
“I believe that keeping music education alive in schools is important on so many levels. As an activity it builds confidence and can often spark a lifelong passion for a child to pursue. A natural fit for the Gord Bamford Foundation, I’m so very proud to announce this donation today,” said Gord Bamford.
“Thanks to the renewed and amazing support from the Gord Bamford Foundation, MusiCounts is able to give more Canadian youth access to the transformational power of music,” said Kristy Fletcher, Director of MusiCounts. “We are honoured to have the continued support of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and the country music community.”
Bamford spoke on behalf of MusiCounts at the CCMA Awards Gala & Dinner on September 9, and JUNO Award-winner and three-time CCMA Award-winner Jess Moskaluke spoke on behalf of MusiCounts during the CCMA Awards broadcast on September 10. Moskaluke was also on hand to kick off the opening of the 2017-2018 MusiCounts Band Aid Program applications on September 8, with a special celebration at École canadienne-française in Saskatoon.
Via the CCMA’s generous support of the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, the school received a $10,000 grant this year that went towards the purchase of many needed band instruments. Since 2013, the CCMA has contributed over $60,000 to MusiCounts, helping to put instruments into the hands of kids who need them most. The 2017 CCMA Award Nominee for Female Artist of the Year and Single of the Year, Moskaluke surprised school students with instruments and a special performance of her chart topping hits “Kiss Me Quiet” and “Drive Me Away”. She also spoke about the impact music education had on her own life and music career.
“Today was an incredible day for me. To be able to share my love of music with these amazing students and MusiCounts, while in my home province of Saskatchewan was the perfect way to kick off this weekend,” said Jess Moskaluke.
Schools who would like to apply for the MusiCounts Band Aid Program to receive instruments for their school music program should visit musicounts.ca for more details.
Following the presentation, we had a chance to to talk to Kristy Fletcher and Jess Moskaluke. Here are those audio interviews.