TORONTO, April 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's music industry is speaking up
in favor of music education in schools! In support of the 10th Anniversary of Music Monday, the Coalition for Music Education has
assembled a series of PSAs featuring the voices of prominent Canadians
from the music world and beyond extoling the benefits of music
education including: environmentalist David Suzuki, children's
entertainer Fred Penner, R&B singer-songwriter Jully Black, Olympic
medalist Jennifer Jones, Dragon's Den financier W. Brett Wilson, MP
Andrew Cash, and comedian Dean Jenkinson.
These PSAs are available in 30- and 60-second professionally recorded
audio files/MP3s which can be downloaded directly from our website: http://www.musicmonday.ca/psas/.
The recent proposal by the Vancouver School Board to cut music education
in elementary schools is just one more reminder of how dire the
situation is facing music programs. Despite overwhelming evidence that
shows how valuable music is to students not only pursuing artistic
achievement, but also learning life skills, music programs are often
still the first targeted for the budget chopping block. This has
devastating consequences for communities like your own across Canada.
Through Music Monday, the Coalition for Music Education promotes the
value of music, and encourages Canadians to invest in it and protect
its future in schools. Since its inception in 2005, Canada's annual
celebration of music education has touched the lives of millions of
students and teachers across Canada who take their music programs
outdoors and into their communities to perform the same song on the
same day, at the same time, uniting the entire country in song. Music
Monday takes place on the first Monday of May each year.
For more information about the Coalition, please visit MusicMakesUs.ca. The most recent press release detailing the national activities
planned for May 5th is available here: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1340451/coalition-for-music-education-raises-the-volume-on-the-importance-of-music. For more information about Music Monday, visit musicmonday.ca
We feel confident that with your radio station's support we'll have a
significant impact on school music programs in your community. I look
forward to hearing the first of our PSAs on your station starting on
April 25—10 days before the May 5 celebration of Music Monday.
Thank you very much for your assistance in getting these important
messages on the air.
Image with caption: "PSAs: Speaking out for music education (CNW Group/Coalition for Music Education in Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140422_C4636_PHOTO_EN_39511.jpg
SOURCE: Coalition for Music Education in Canada
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