Access to Music Foundation

12244_602348009780703_1571766703_nBEAUTIFUL HEART AWARD

The Beautiful Heart award was created in 2012 to recognize BC artists who have made lifelong contributions to BC and Canada’s musical culture; volunteered their personal time and efforts toward humanitarian causes and are an inspiration to future generations of young musicians.

The first recipient of this bi-annual award was Bill Henderson of Chilliwack fame for his contributions to Canadian music culture and his work preserving the music of the Haida people.

In 2014, the “Beautiful Heart” award was be presented to John Mann, of Spirit of the West, for his tireless efforts in helping the children of Bulembu, Swaziland, and for his work with the BC Cancer Agency.

To nominate someone for the Beautiful Heart award, please email us and let us know your chosen nominee and why you think they have a Beautiful Heart.

About the award

The award’s title is taken from a quote by internationally renowned music educator,   Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”

The award is specially designed and crafted by Haida silver artist, Gregory Williams –kaajuu gaaya. The profiles of eagle and raven form the top of the heart while the plumage gracefully falls downward shaping the heart bottom and point.  It is mounted on indigenous Haida yew wood.