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TORONTO, ON – Today, 2019 JUNO Award winners Splash’N Boots, joined MusiCounts to surprise the students of Lucy McCormick Senior School in Toronto with a special performance. The school recently received $14,000 in new instruments through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program and was one of 96 schools across Canada to receive instruments.
“This is a very special school, and we’re thrilled we were able to give Lucy McCormick new adaptive musical instruments and equipment to allow more students the opportunity to engage with music,” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “Thank you so much to Splash’N Boots for their generous support, and joining us today to celebrate!”
Lucy McCormick Senior School is a safe, caring environment for students aged 12 to 21, who have a dual diagnosis of physical or developmental exceptionalities in different combinations. The new adaptive percussion and electronic instruments the school received are tailored to allow this unique student population to enjoy making music. After performing “Go With The Flow” and ”Spaceship”, Splash’N Boots joined the students for their weekly ‘Sing-A-Long’ Fridays, where they had the chance to dance and play the new instruments.
“We are thrilled to have partnered up with MusiCounts this year. We both fell in love with music at a young age and were fortunate to be supported and encouraged via school music programs. Looking back, it’s those programs that really influenced our passion, taking part in music education was integral in leading us to a career in music,” said Splash’N Boots. “We are inspired by MusiCounts’ work in fostering a love of music in children, and we are so happy to be able to support bringing music education to students and help bring in adaptive instruments so all children can experience all of the joy and connection that music brings.”
Proud supporters of MusiCounts, Splash’N Boots donated $1 per ticket to MusiCounts on their Big Love, Kisses and Hugs tour to support school music programs across Canada through a partnership with PLUS1. Splash’N Boots also had the opportunity to tour the school see the impact of new instruments on the school program firsthand.
The Slaight Family Foundation’s generous support of MusiCounts helps put more instruments into Ontario Schools. In 2019, the Foundation is supporting the music program at Lucy McCormick Senior School and five additional ON schools.
**To download hi-res images from the MusiCounts Band Aid Program celebration click here https://musicounts.prezly.com/media/album/5849# (Photo credit: Barry Roden)
About Splash’N Boots – Splash’N Boots rose to prominence in the hearts and minds of families through music, live shows and television. Their music creates family dance parties; it is a soundtrack to bedtimes, mealtime and all moments in between. Since their inception, Splash’N Boots have released twelve original music albums, resulting in five consecutive JUNO Award nominations for Children’s Album of the Year between 2014 and 2018. Their most recent album, “You, Me and the Sea”, co-written and produced by Alan Doyle, won the 2019 JUNO Award for Children’s Album of the Year. Their original music is enjoyed around the world, with over 925K Streams on Spotify and 500K on Apple Music across international markets. On television, they appear daily in over 8.5 million homes across Canada with their number one TV show, which is broadcast daily on Canada’s top children’s television networks, Treehouse TV and Disney Jr. Canada, as well as the worldwide streaming platform Kidoodle, garnering over 1 million views in the first six months on the platform. Splash’N Boots are committed to using their voice to raise awareness for important causes. They are the first children’s act to partner with PLUS1 – $1 from every ticket sold in their cross-Canada 2018 tour went to support access to music education and adaptive instruments for young children via MusiCounts.
About MusiCounts – 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. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that youth in Canada have access to music programs through their schools and communities. MusiCounts celebrates musical excellence and achieves its mission through its Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives.
MusiCounts is funded by many of Canada’s most dedicated individuals and corporate citizens including and especially The Leadership Circle, TD Bank Group, Bell Media, SiriusXM Canada, the Slaight Family Foundation, Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, and The London JUNO Host Committee. MusiCounts has been supported since inception by Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada, Warner Music Canada Ltd., JUNO Songwriters’ Circle and JUNO Cup. MusiCounts was established in 1997, and has awarded over $12,000,000 in support of music education in Canada. These funds have benefitted 1,200 schools and communities, supported nearly 400 post-secondary music program graduates, and honoured 14 extraordinary music teachers and three MusiCounts ambassadors. www.musicounts.ca