In a new program announced on May 2, 2018, Music Canada and the Government of Ontario will improve the inventory of musical instruments and access to quality music education in Ontario’s publicly funded schools with the supply of refurbished and recycled musical instruments. The program is made possible through a $3 million investment by the Government of Ontario over a period of three years. Ontario Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris and Music Canada EVP Amy Terrill made the announcement at St. Joseph’s College School in Toronto.
“Studying music and art leads to creative and enriching learning experiences,” says Minister Naidoo-Harris. “This innovative program helps students grow and develop a greater sense of well-being. We’re pleased to be working with Music Canada on this important commitment that supports music education and gives students new opportunities to explore.”
“Music education delivers a power pack of benefits, preparing young people for careers, not just in music but in any profession requiring creativity and problem-solving,” adds Terrill. “With top notch instruments, we can remove one more obstacle standing in the way of quality music education for all young people no matter where they live or their economic circumstances.”
The Three R’s Music Program will put more instruments in classrooms throughout the province through three stages: it will rescue damaged instruments from Ontario’s schools or from our communities, restore them to working order, and reunite them with young people.
Music Canada will partner with numerous organizations to enhance delivery of the program, including MusiCounts, ArtsCan Circle, the Coalition for Music Education, and companies and artists in Ontario’s music industry. Stakeholders from the Ontario Fire Service, including the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFMEM) and the Ontario Professional Firefighters Association (OPFFA) have also agreed to offer support and outreach into communities and schools in municipalities in every geographic region.
For more information, contact Music Canada: 416-967-7272, www.musiccanada.com.