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Financial "Band Aid" for local schools

Schools around the Okanagan have a chance to share in $600,000 to buy new instruments for their music programs. 

These grants, known as Band Aid Grants, are handed out by MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the same people who put on the JUNO Awards.

“All too often, when funding is cut to schools, the music programs are the first things to suffer,” explained Mike Hurley, Manager of MusiCounts.

“We’re here to alleviate that, and enable schools to expand their programs and replace old, worn, broken down instruments, ultimately putting music into the hands of children who deserve it most.”

Each year, $5,000 and $10,000 grants are distributed to schools all over the country, but thanks to Kelowna’s 103.9 The Juice there is some money that is destined to stay right here in the Okanagan.

“We donated $20,000 to help make sure, at a grass-roots level, that the kids in our community today have the resources they need to become the stars of tomorrow,” said Jason Mann, Vice President of The Juice’s parent company, Vista Radio.

Applications are open now, until this Friday November 16th so don’t delay.

Teachers just need to visit www.musicounts.ca to apply.

Band Aid Grants are awarded to elementary, secondary and separate schools in Canada and are selected based on economic need, inventory and condition of instruments, number of students, dedication of school staff, and overall impact the grant would make within the school community.

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