8 Nunavut schools to receive up to $15,000 for musical instruments

Each school will get to choose the instruments that will best suit its needs

Nanook School is one of eight schools in Nunavut that will receive money to buy new musical instruments through a national music education charity, MusiCounts. (File photo by Mélanie Ritchot)

By Nunatsiaq News

Eight schools across Nunavut will receive up to $15,000 for new musical instruments through a national music education charity.

Each recipient school will get to choose which instruments it wants.

“We’re so proud to be supporting new and existing music programs, that represent all styles of music instruction to support young Canadians’ heritage, traditions and interests,” said Kristy Fletcher, executive director of MusiCounts, in a news release.

The donation is part of a larger initiative called the MusiCounts Band Aid program, in which $1 million will be divided among 95 schools across Canada to buy new instruments.

Across the territories, $173,000 will go to 16 schools, according to the news release.

Mackenzie Vandenberg, a Strut Entertainment publicist representing MusiCounts, said the program aims to deliver the instruments before summer, but that it may be delayed due to the pandemic.

Nanook School and Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, Inuujaq School in Arctic Bay, Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik in Kugluktuk, Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik High School in Rankin Inlet, Qaqqalik School in Kimmirut and Tuugaalik High School in Naujaat are the recipients of the program in Nunavut.

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(7) Comments:

    • Posted by Uvanga on

      Those are specially made. And best to be taught to make in class. Falls under cultural and language activities. This funding is for musical instruments.

  1. Posted by Misc on

    Wonderful news! My two under-grads continue to thrive in school. Due in no small part to their music teachers of past and present. Studies have shown that a child’s engagement in music education enhances their focus on other disciplines, such as the STEM areas of study. Music Educators are certainly worth their weight in gold!!!

  2. Posted by Jeannie Evalik on

    Too bad Cambridge Bay wasn’t chosen. We really need music programs here.

  3. Posted by Melvin J. Ellis on

    Hello !..This is GREAT news: Schools in Nunavut are receiving musical instruments ! My wife and I are from Newfoundland, Canada. We have both Canadian and USA citizenships and passports. We’ve been living in South Texas now for 25 years. My wife has been a RN and Medical Education Instructor for about 30 years and I’ve been a Music Educator/Professional musician teaching/performing all over North America at music festivals over 30 years. I’ve been a Music Educator/Director of several Guitar/Voice Programs at several High Schools. A Guitar Program is A LOT cheaper than a Band program. Actually, I applied for a couple of Music/Fine Arts positions in Nunavut, about two years ago; but nothing transpired. Anyways, didn’t mean to write you an essay. Lol. What a “Strange” year for the Entire World, with Covid-19 ! Just wondering if you would have a contact person that I can talk to about implementing a Guitar/Music Ed. Program in Nunavut. Thank-You for your time. Best Regards, Melvin Ellis

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