Last week in Toronto (Sept. 24-28), MusiCounts hosted the 2018 recipients of the MusiCounts Scholarship presented by The RBC Foundation Launched this year, the 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, Roy Thomson Hall, Roland Canada and record label Dine Alone Records, plus info sessions at eOne Music, Coalition Music and Spotify.
"The goal of the MusiCounts Scholarship is to help launch the careers of these amazing students," said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, 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 musical careers. The students had the chance to attend multiple networking events with notable music mentors including Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS, Juno Award-winning recording engineer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey, Nathan Wiszniak, Head of Canada, Artist and Label Marketing, Spotify, Jennifer Hyland, Sr. Manager of Music Licensing / TV & Film Sync, Universal Music Canada, Samantha Pickard, President, Strut Entertainment 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
To learn more about the recipients click here.
MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS and the Juno Awards is keeping music alive in schools and communities across Canada by putting musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most.