MusiCounts

Each year, KIDSFEST Ottawa donates funds to a local charity.  This year KIDSFEST Ottawa is recognizing two charities, Roger Neilson House and MusiCounts.

Roger Neilson House is an eight-bed home located on the grounds of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) that provides end-of-life care for children, respite to families with gravely ill children and also grief and bereavement support to families who have lost children.

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the JUNO Awards, is helping to keep music alive in schools and communities across Canada.

 

Supporting music education in our community

KIDSFEST Ottawa is all about parents and children coming together in a fun-filled and educational event.

KIDSFEST Ottawa would like to recognize MusiCounts, an important charity that making a difference in our children's lives through music education.  So KIDSFEST Ottawa is donating a portion of each ticket sold on Saturday, April 1, 2017 to MusiCounts.

You can donate to MusiCounts today by adding $1 (or more!) to your KIDSFEST Ottawa ticket purchase.


MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the JUNO Awards, is helping to keep music alive in schools and communities across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada have access to a music program through their school or community. MusiCounts includes our Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships, and other music education initiatives.

Since 1989, annual scholarships have been awarded to exceptional graduates enrolled in post-secondary Music Industry Arts Programs. In 1997, CARAS instituted the Band Aid grant program from CARAS’s share of the proceeds of the sale of the 25th Anniversary JUNO Awards commemorative CD box set “Oh What A Feeling.”

In 2004, with a strong mandate and vision, we reinforced our programs, developed new initiatives, and enhanced awareness of our efforts for music education in Canada. By 2005, the program grew to include the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. This annual award recognizes the hard work and dedication of music teachers in keeping music education available to young Canadians. In 2008, the MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award was established in partnership with Bell Media. Named after broadcasting pioneer, Fred Sherratt, this annual scholarship is awarded to 12 post-secondary graduates of Canadian music programs.

In 2013 MusiCounts, joined together with TD to expand programming designed specifically to create opportunities for youth in underserved communities across Canada. MusiCounts TD Community Music Program will provide musical instruments and equipment to community centres, after-school programs and other community non-profit organizations serving local communities. We continue to increase our annual impact to music education from coast to coast.

Since MusiCounts’ establishment in 1997, over $9,000,000 will have been awarded to help support music education in Canada. These funds have impacted over 850 schools and communities from coast to coast, supported over 350 post-secondary music program graduates and honoured 11 extraordinary music teachers through the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award.