For Immediate Release
Music BC Charitable Foundation Receives an Incredible Donation from Tegan & Sara and Announces the First Scholarship Recipients
Vancouver, BC (June 27, 2008) – The Music BC Charitable Foundation is very pleased to announce a recent amazing donation of $15,000 made to the Burt Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund by BC artists, Tegan & Sara. On their recent tour, they assembled a limited edition CD of their initial demo versions of their latest album The Con, and sold them while on their tour, donating the proceeds to the Music BC Charitable Foundation’s scholarship program.
When asked why they chose this charity, Tegan shared the following: “Sara and I were 18 when we had our first meeting with Burt Harris. We were on the verge of signing our first record deal and needed counsel badly. Thankfully Burt was able to negotiate and most importantly protect Sara and I when we were most vulnerable. Burt was the kind of lawyer more interested in protecting his artists than making money or becoming famous for his client list. He insisted that Sara and I understand every word of every agreement he ever drew up or negotiated on our behalf.”
The scholarship was named after Burt Harris who passed away after a battle with cancer in 2006. Burt was a music lawyer and fierce advocate for music and musicians. Burt’s passion for all things music will be carried forward through this scholarship program.
“I really admired Burt and appreciated his priorities. When we finished the Con and began work on the artwork we decided to dedicate the record to the two biggest losses we had ever faced: Burt Harris and our Grandmother Rita. They were both unprecedented forces in our lives and our eventual success as artists and as people. A dedication so small in comparison to the contribution they both made in our lives. It brings us great happiness to be able to raise money for this cause” remarked Tegan.
With initial donations to the foundation from 94.5 The Beat FM totaling $19,000, this scholarship has been built into an endowment to award music education scholarships to needy students for private and institutional music programs. The Music BC Charitable Foundation would like to encourage people to donate to the charity in order that the Foundation can offer this scholarship for many years to come. Thanks to this generous donation made by Tegan & Sara, the Music BC Charitable Foundation will now be able to ensure a 2009 deadline for the Burt Harris Memorial Scholarship.
The Music BC Charitable Foundation is also very excited to announce the first award recipients of the Burt Harris Memorial Scholarship Awards. This scholarship was open to students and individuals age 25 and under for private music instruction, and enrollment in a music instruction program in a post-secondary institution. Music BC gave away $10,000 in awards consisting of $500 for private music instruction, and $1000 for post-secondary music program tuition.
Post-Secondary Music Program Tuition scholarship recipients: Adrian Bronson (Victoria), Corey Rae (Victoria), Genevieve Love (Maple Ridge), Jocelyn Liu (New Westminster), Kevin Young (Langley), Louise Lu (Victoria), Michelle Footz (Mayne Island), Robin Friesen (Vernon), and Suzanne Rigden (Vancouver).
Private Music Instruction scholarship recipients: Eston Unrau (Duncan), and Kaitlyn Card (Cumberland).
Executive Director Bob D’Eith remarked, “With the generous support of our donors, we will be able to help many of these students and individuals not only to gain one on one musical instruction from professional instructors, but to work toward a brighter future with confidence and passion, be it a profession in music or otherwise. We believe that the gift of music for these students will benefit the community beyond the music sector, as they take their dedication for playing music, and apply that same dedication and passion to the rest of their lives.”
For more information on the programs offered by Music BC Charitable Foundation, and ways to donate, and volunteer, please visit www.musicbc.org or contact Music BC by phone at 604-873-1914 or toll free in BC at 1-888-866-8570
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