Canadian music education charity MusiCounts hosted the 2018 recipients of the MusiCounts Scholarship, presented by The RBC Foundation, in Toronto. Launched this year, 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. The six recipients from across Canada were treated to tours of SiriusXM studios, iconic venue Roy Thomson Hall, Roland Canada, record label Dine Alone Records, plus info sessions at eOne Music, Coalition Music, Spotify, and several music industry workshops.
"The goal of the MusiCounts Scholarship is to help launch the careers of these amazing students," says Kristy Fletcher, executive director of MusiCounts. "With the support of the RBC Foundation we were excited to give recipients access to music industry leaders and a week of networking opportunities. Thank you to everyone who lent their time and expertise to the MusiCounts Scholarship experience."
In addition to a $4,000 financial award, the recipients were flown to Toronto for a five-day mentoring and networking experience to help establish their careers in music. The students had the chance to attend multiple networking events with notable music mentors including, CARAS President and CEO Allan Reid, JUNO Award-winning recording engineer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey, Spotify Canada's Head of Artist and Label Marketing Nathan Wiszniak, Univesal Music Canada Sr. Manager of Music Licensing/TV & Film Sync Jennifer Hyland, and publicist and Strut Entertainment President Samantha Pickard, and many more.
The 2018 MusiCounts Scholarship recipients presented by The RBC Foundation are:
Jenna Bjornson, Fanshawe College - Ottawa, ON
Agneya Chikte, Humber College - Toronto, ON
Kassia Edwards, Nimbus School of Recording and Media - Vancouver, BC
Julien Henry-Leblanc, Musitechnic – Montreal, QC
Sergei Kofman, Wilfred Laurier University – Toronto, ON
Jack Thomas, Nimbus School of Recording and Media - Vancouver, BC
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