Music BC Charitable Foundation helps to save inner city school music program

    Open call for schools in BC to expand "Adopt an Instrument Program"
    & Launch of "Burt Harris Memorial Scholarship" awards

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - Through private cash donations, a donation
through the Vancouver Foundation, used instrument donations and sponsorship
(retailers Long & McQuade and Northwest Music) the Music BC Charitable
Foundation has provided inner city school Lord Roberts Elementary, in
Vancouver its full wish-list of 126 instruments (valued at over $70,000.00)
needed for their core curriculum music classes for all students.
    Bob D'Eith, executive director of the Foundation, says "Music is an
essential part of education. It can inspire. It can help to cultivate
creativity. It can give a sense of purpose. Lord Roberts Elementary, an inner
city school in Vancouver, lost its music program last year - a program that
was a key part of the core curriculum. It helped students speaking over 33
languages come together. Working with parents groups and staff, the Foundation
was able to ensure that this program will go on and never be cancelled again."
    Parent representatives Neve Tomic and Gwendolynn Gawlick say, "The
schoolchildren's families are strong supporters of the music program at Lord
Roberts, and are grateful that Music BC Charitable Foundation is helping to
give children the lifelong gift of music."
    Success from Lord Roberts has opened door to program expansion. Music BC
is now open to partner with other schools in BC. Bob D'Eith says, "we hope to
take the Lord Roberts success and repeat it province-wide".
    The Foundation has also launched the "Burt Harris Memorial Scholarship"
program after the late Burt Harris. Burt was a musician and music lawyer who
was a fierce advocate for musicians - the scholarship honors Burt's legacy.
Open to students 25 and under for private music instruction (ten awards of
$500.00) and post-secondary music education (five awards of $1000.00).
Application forms at starting November 1st, 2007. Deadline
May 2nd, 2008. Initial funding was provided by a kind donation from The Beat
FM, Vancouver.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Amanda
Schweers, Music BC Charitable Foundation, 1-888-866-8570, (604) 873-1914,

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