On December 16, 2019 - MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity, was joined by Quebec’s queen of pop Marie Mai and Stingray for a celebration at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Longueuil, QC. MusiCounts provides instrument grants to schools in-need all across Canada, and to-date the MusiCounts Band Aid Program has supported over 100 Quebec schools and community organizations with over $1.2 million in instrument grants and awarded 64 scholarships to Quebec post-secondary students.
“MusiCounts believes all students should have access to the life-changing benefits of music education, and we were thrilled to see the students of St. Mary’s using their new MusiCounts instruments already,” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “Thank you to Marie Mai for inspiring the next generation of creators, and to Stingray for your continued support of MusiCounts!”“What a privilege it has been for David and I to have the opportunity to meet these talented young artists! Music is much more than an art – it is a language of the heart! Thanks to MusiCounts’ involvement, these students will be able to continue to develop their passion! It is the best of all gifts!” said Marie Mai.
Award-winning Marie Mai performed “We Collided”, “Exister/Coming Through Me” and “Ton Histoire” with musical director, David Laflèche for an excited auditorium of students, and she spoke about her music career and participated in a Q & A session with students. Thanks to the generous support of MusiCounts’ partners like Stingray, St. Mary’s Elementary School received an $11,000 MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grant in 2019.“We are proud to partner with MusiCounts by providing instrument grants to schools,” said Mathieu Péloquin, Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, of Stingray. “Enabling youth to pursue music sets the stage for greater learning and opportunities, and we are thrilled to contribute to improving access to music education.”
St. Mary’s Elementary School’s music program’s annual budget is a mere four hundred dollars, and the new MusiCounts instrument grant received this year has allowed the music program at the school to continue to grow, and will give students access to instruments for years to come. This year, MusiCounts has donated $1 million in musical instruments and equipment to 96 schools across Canada through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program.
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