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MusiCounts through partnership with Republic Live (the producers of the Boots and Hearts music festival) have awarded $10,000 in brand new musical instruments and equipment to the Orillia Secondary School located in Orillia, ON. The donation of the instruments was made possible through the MusiCounts’ Band Aid Program. To help celebrate the donation, JUNO Award nominee and CCMA Award winner Tim Hicks who is currently promoting his new single “Stompin’ Ground,” took time from his busy schedule to be a part of the announcement. “It was so heartwarming to be in the room and see the smiles on everyone’s faces when it was announced that they had been given $10,000 worth of new instruments,” said Hicks. “I know the vibe in this school is going to change because of it, and because of that, lives have changed.” Hicks helped the celebration out by performing his hits; “Got a Feeling,” “Young Alive & in Love,” and “Slide Over.”
During the presentation held at Orillia Secondary School (13 June 2016) was recognition of the ongoing and dedicated support that Republic Live has given towards MusiCounts. To date, over $230,000 has been raised through the partnership to support the MusiCounts’ Band Aid Program. MusiCounts is one of Canada’s biggest music education charities, associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Both Allan Reid (President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts) and Laura Kennedy (Vice President PR and Marketing, Republic Live) were onsite to address nearly 550 students, teachers and special guests in attendance.
“We’re thrilled that through our partnership with Republic Live over the past five years we’ve been able to provide over $230,000 worth of instruments to school music programs,” said Reid. “It’s great to be celebrating this partnership in the community and see firsthand the impact that these instruments have.”
“MusiCounts has been a wonderful long standing partner of Republic Live and we are very pleased to be able to play a role enhancing music programs in schools like Orillia Secondary School,” Kennedy commented. “We are very grateful to Tim Hicks for his participation as it’s always so thrilling to see the reactions from the students and teachers at a Band Aid Program Celebration and how they truly connect to the artists across their shared passion for music. Republic Live is proud to be able to support schools locally through our partnership with MusiCounts and are grateful to all the teachers and parents that support and encourage musical education.”
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