COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK LAUNCHES AS AWARD-WINNING ARTIST GORD BAMFORD JOINS MUSICOUNTS ON SEPTEMBER 4 FOR BAND AID GRANT PRESENTATION
Edmonton, AB - This morning in Edmonton, the official launch of Country Music Week 2014 took place at St. Augustine School with the celebration of a Band Aid Grant from MusiCounts that provided $10,000 worth of instruments to support the school's music education program. MusiCounts was joined by Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Award-winning artist, Gord Bamford, as he performed for over 300 students and attendees in the school's gymnasium. Additionally, Bamford was recognized for his $100,000 contribution to MusiCounts made through the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation. Bamford took the time to visit the music class at St. Augustine School prior to the presentation to see first-hand the impact that contributions like his have on a school music program and its students.
"It's a huge honour for me to be a part of this today, helping MusiCounts put instruments in the hands of children," said Gord Bamford. "Music has always been an unbelievable part of my life and is an extremely important part of the education system for kids today. Looking around the room, it's great to see such a high level of passion and enthusiasm from the young people present. Earlier today, I had a chance to visit with the kids in the music room and it's clear that the St. Augustine School music teacher will be able to put these instruments to good use for years to come."
St. Augustine Elementary School, has put the grant toward purchasing new percussion and orff instruments, giving young musicians more opportunities to play, create and enjoy music. Also in attendance at the special presentation was Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association as well as Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS / The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts.
"Edmonton is a city where country music thrives, and is celebrated," said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. "We're thrilled to kick-off Country Music Week with an event that fosters continued growth and appreciation for music in the community, in a place where it really counts - the schools. This meaningful event is the perfect start to a week filled with opportunities to experience great Canadian country music across Edmonton."
"The increasing support that we have witnessed from the country music community recently has been phenomenal. Many of the new partnerships that we have fostered started when we first became one of the charities of choice for the CCMA," said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. "Gord Bamford's pledge of $100,000 over the next three years is the largest ever contribution we have ever received from an artist and for that we could not be more thankful."
This celebration also marked the official opening of the MusiCounts 2014 - 2015 school year Band Aid Grant application process. Schools can visit musicounts.ca starting September 5th, 2014 to apply.
Photo credit: Grant Martin