In a genre known for the generosity of its stars, Canadian country singer Gord Bamford stands tall. Coinciding with Country Music Week in Saskatoon, Canada's music education charity MusiCounts announced on Friday that the Gord Bamford Foundation is renewing its commitment to MusiCounts with a $100,000 donation.
The Foundation previously donated $100K in 2014. A non-profit organization, the Foundation is passionate about supporting youth and through the ongoing partnership, MusiCounts will be able to provide musical instruments to children who need them most for years to come.
"I believe that keeping music education alive in schools is important on so many levels. As an activity it builds confidence and can often spark a lifelong passion for a child to pursue. A natural fit for the Gord Bamford Foundation, I'm so very proud to announce this donation today," said Gord Bamford in a press release.
"Thanks to the renewed and amazing support from the Gord Bamford Foundation, MusiCounts is able to give more Canadian youth access to the transformational power of music," said Kristy Fletcher, Director of MusiCounts. "We are honoured to have the continued support of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and the country music community."
The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has been a strong supporter of MusiCounts, contributing over $60K to the organization since 2013.
Bamford spoke on behalf of MusiCounts at the CCMA Awards Gala & Dinner on Saturday, while Jess Moskaluke did the same during the CCMA Awards broadcast last night. Moskaluke was also on hand to kick off the opening of the 2017-2018 MusiCounts Band Aid Program applications on Friday, with a special celebration at École canadienne-française in Saskatoon.
Schools who would like to apply for the MusiCounts Band Aid Program to receive instruments for their school music program should visit musicounts.ca for more details.
In addition to the huge gift to MusiCounts, on Saturday the Gord Bamford Foundation also announced a $2,500 donation to Creative Kids. This is a charitable program that removes financial barriers for youth wishing to participate in arts and culture activities in Saskatchewan.
According to its website, to date the Gord Bamford Foundation has raised $3,152,669 for a wide range of charities and initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.