Access to Music Foundation

Inspiring the Next Generation of Songwriters


Aug 11


Teachers, have you ever wanted a tool to excite, engage, enthuse and empower your students?

Musicians, want to give back to your community and share your love and passion for songwriting with young people?

About Song

Songwriters of a New Generation (S.O.N.G.) is an extra-curricular program that uses songwriting as a means of engagement, empowerment and self-discovery for kids ages 8 to 18. Formerly a chapter of the School Alliance of Student Songwriters, Music BC Charitable Foundation has recently come on board with artist, producer and artistic director Don Mcleod to oversee the delivery of this amazing program in BC schools and community arts centers.

As an extension of existing school curricula, S.O.N.G. seeks not to replace music classes, but to build on the fundamental skills taught throughout the year. It operates as a weekly extra-curricular club, facilitated by an established music industry mentor, and is open to all youth—be they musically-gifted or just musically-curious.

S.O.N.G provides performance opportunities for students within their communities and as well as a year-end recital for friends and family. At the  yearly recital, students compete for prizes as well as receive valuable feedback from a panel of music industry judges. Some our past judges/guest speakers have been: Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Ozzy), Vincent DeGiorgio (NCYNC), Dane DeViller (Kelly Rowland, Jessica Simpson, The Corrs), Tommy MacDonald (Hedley), Danny Craig (Default), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Faber (Faber Drive) and many more. Past prizes have included guitars, microphones, free recording time at world renowned studios, working with well known producers, recording software, amplifiers, and more.

Why Songwriting?

Songwriting brings a plethora of developmental benefits to youth and young adults. When conducted in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere, the creative process of composition enhances literacy, activates the imagination, encourages free play, and gives students the tools and courage to express their inner feelings and ideas. This activity breaks down social barriers and encourages the cross-pollination of ideas, friendships and empathetic connection between class members.

How does it work?

The S.O.N.G. curriculum features in-depth analyses of existing popular songs chosen by the students for study, teaching methods of deconstructing and understanding the messages hidden within popular media. Students learn the foundation of lyric writing, literary themes, rhyme schemes, rhythmic meter and matching lyric mood to musical color.

In SONG sessions students who play instruments are matched with students who lack these skills, and all work together to produce original compositions within frameworks set by the S.O.N.G. mentor. In this way music students are encouraged to develop powerful leadership skills, as accompanists who guide the musical direction of compositions.

How much does it cost?

In the past S.O.N.G. has been primarily funded by the school districts in which it operates, but as we all know funding for the arts in public schools has been suffering relentless cuts in the past decade. To address this challenge, the Music BC Charitable Foundation offsets operational costs by full or partial subsidies through charitable fundraising, government grants and generous patrons of the program . S.O.N.G. is committed to working with teachers, Parental Advisory Committees and school administrators in its fundraising, planning and policy-making process.

Music BC Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce they are providing the SONG program to five needy schools this January free of cost. If you are interested in applying for this bursary please download the following form and submit to

Deadline to submit is November 15th, 2011. 5:00 PM


Some of our past school partners include:

– Maillard Middle School, Coquitlam

– Terry Fox Secondary School, Coquitlam

– Kwayhquitlam middle School, Coquitlam

– New Westminster Secondary School, New West

– Garibaldi Secondary, Vancouver

– Thomas Haney Secondary,  Vancouver

– Kwantlen Park School, Surrey

– Langley Fundamental School, Langley

– Langley Secondary School, Langley

– Timberline Secondary School, Campbell River

– Mark Isfeld Secondary, Courtenay

– Gulf Island Secondary, Saltspring Island

How do I get more information?

Throughout the year schools and community centers can book a SONG information session with our artistic director and head songwriting mentor. In addition to an informative presentation for teachers and administrators, they also give a condensed demonstration of a typical SONG session for any interested students.

To book an visit from the SONG team, please email or call 604-873-1198.

How do I become a songwriting mentor?

SONG is always on the lookout for new songwriting mentors. If you are a songwriter with professional writing credits, an established music industry history and clean criminal record we definitely want to hear from you!

For more information on becoming a SONG mentor,  or to request a mentor application package please email or call 604-873-1198.

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