The Three Rs Music Program is putting out a call to all Lindsay, Ontario residents for donations of gently used musical instruments. After a successful small-scale pilot at Sawdust City Music Festival in Gravenhurst, the first community instrument drive of the program will happen in partnership with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) on September 29th.
Residents can drop off instruments between 12:30pm – 3:30pm at Mackey Celebrations Inc (35 Lindsay Street North, Lindsay, ON). While all instruments are welcomed, young musicians in the community have requested ukuleles, flutes, clarinets and trumpets to complete their music education program. The Three Rs Music Program has partnered with Van Halteren’s Music Centre, who will aid in refurbishing donated instruments. Once refurbished, instruments will be distributed back to the region’s schools based on the needs identified by the TLDSB. Music Canada Cares is proud to partner with MusiCounts to offer tax receipts for each instrument donation.
“In TLDSB, we know that music fosters the growth of a healthy mind, body, spirit and emotion. Music is not just a subject, but a way of being," says Beth Wilson, Music Consultant at the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. "We are thrilled to be partnering with the Three R’s Music Program for this inaugural drive. With this initiative, our programs will continue to grow and give more students the opportunity to learn an instrument.”
“We’re encouraging all Lindsay residents to search your closets, basements and garages for any spare instruments,” says Sarah Hashem, Managing Director of The Three Rs Music Program. “We’re very excited to be bringing our inaugural instrument drive to Lindsay. Let’s seize this opportunity to strengthen music education in the community and to make a difference in the lives of local students.”
The Three Rs refers to rescuing instruments, restoring them to a fully functional condition and reuniting them with students. In addition to community donation appeals across Ontario, the program will repair instruments already in the possession of schools through repair grants and will connect students’ learning experiences to Ontario’s vibrant music industry through Artist Ambassadors, workshops and other events.
The Three Rs Music Program is made possible by an investment from the Government of Ontario and will improve equitable access to quality music education by increasing the inventory of musical instruments in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. The program prioritizes providing instrument to underserved communities, particularly at-risk, Indigenous and other underrepresented communities.
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Corey Poole, Music Canada