Free instruments!

At the tail end of the last school year, Ellison Elementary received welcome news from MusiCounts that they would be receiving a $5000 grant for musical instruments for the school music program. 

The video above is my interview with the music teacher, Mrs Brucker, and some of her students (holding the new instruments) about the new instruments and how they will amplify the schools music program. 

"Providing funding for music education is not just about creating the next generation of JUNO Award winning artists, it's about giving students the tools that will help turn them into creative, and  critical thinkers that will achieve success later in life," says Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Award, and MusiCounts. "We are tremendously thankful for all of our long-term key partners who make this possible, especially Vista Radio and The Juice who have been supporting MusiCounts over the past seven years.”


About MusiCounts

MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity, associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), is helping to keep music alive across Canada. Their mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to music programs through their schools and communities. Since MusiCounts' establishment in 1997, nearly $8,000,000 has been awarded to help support music education in this country. These funds have benefitted over 700 schools and communities from coast to coast, and supported over 330 post-secondary music program graduates.

Applications are now being adjudicated for this years MusiCounts grants until November 13th at the following link: MusiCounts. 

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Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

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