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MusiCounts Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients & Partnership with Indspire

Canadian music education charity MusiCounts has announced the six recipients of the 2019 MusiCounts Scholarship presented by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project. This year, MusiCounts has also partnered with national Indigenous charity, Indspire, which invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of themselves, their families, and communities. The partnership will see two Indigenous students supported through the MusiCounts Scholarship program.

“We are excited to celebrate this year’s recipients and give them tools to help launch their careers thanks to the generosity of the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project and Indspire,” says Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director of MusiCounts. “Congratulations to the students, you have worked exceptionally hard and we can’t wait to see where your career in music takes you.”

“This partnership is another step in the direction of supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to achieve their potential,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO, Indspire. “We are grateful for the support of MusiCounts and for the work they are doing to advance Indigenous achievement and education.”

“At RBC, our commitment to the arts includes helping artists bridge the gap from “emerging” to “established,” adds Valerie Chort, VP of Corporate Citizenship at RBC. “We are thrilled to continue our support of the 2019 MusiCounts Scholarship, and to help even more emerging Canadian music professionals pursue their dreams.”

Launched in 2018, the MusiCounts Scholarship recognizes post-secondary students who demonstrate excellence, display a commitment to music in their community and show a consistently high level of achievement in their careers to date. Each student was nominated by their post-secondary institution and intend to pursue a career in one of the following streams: performing artist, music production/recording arts, or music business.

In addition to a $4,000 financial contribution, the scholarship recipients will receive a five-day mentoring and networking experience in Toronto, to help establish their careers in music from September 30–Oct. 4. This will include sessions with:

  • Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS
  • Marianas Trench guitarist Matt Webb
  • Temi Argyropoulos, Manager of Licensing, Anthem Entertainment
  • Chris Moncada, Senior Vice President, eOne Entertainment
  • Nathan Wiszniak, Head of Canada Artist and Label Marketing, Spotify
  • Anne Stirk, Artist & Label Manager, Spotify
  • Julie Adam, Senior Vice President – Radio, Rogers Communications
  • Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director, Canadian Music Publishers Association
  • Dr. Catherine Moore, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and many more

The 2019 MusiCounts Scholarship recipients presented by The RBC Foundation are:

  • Joash Almeda (BABYLUNG), Harris Institute for the Arts, Hometown: Surrey, BC
  • Kelly D Ermine, Recording Arts Canada, Indspire Recipient, Hometown: Sturgeon Lake, SK
  • Cassidy Glecoff, Metalworks Institute of Sound & Music Production, Hometown: Haliburton, ON
  • Liam Gordon, Wilfred Laurier University, Indspire Recipient, Hometown: Woodstock, ON
  • Nathalie Parent, MacEwan University, Hometown: Prince Albert, SK
  • Kierian Turner, University of Lethbridge, Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

For more information, contact MusiCounts: 416-485-3135, info@musicounts.ca, www.musicounts.ca.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.