The Coalition believes in celebrating the leadership skills of youth who are making a difference in their schools and communities through music. The NUFSICISUM Award (read it backwards!) is given to five youth leaders from across the country who are creating positive change through music, where they live.

Do you know a passionate youth leader who deserves recognition for their dedication and support of music in their school or community? Winners and their school each receive $200 in prize money, and exciting leadership opportunities as a Youth4Music Ambassador. We accept nominations from February 1st to March 31st every year.  Check back our page during the month of February 2020 to fill out the nomination form.

The NUFSICISUM award is in honour of Canadian jazz legend, Phil Nimmons, Canada’s oldest working jazz music educator, who continues teaching music to young people. A NUFSICISUM award is given to students who have made a special positive impact in their school music program. Winners will:

  • be announced during the live Music Monday webcast (next awards will be announced on May 4, 2020);
  • be acknowledged on the Coalition website and through social media;
  • receive a cash reward, along with a plaque.
  • They will also be invited to a Coalition event to be recognized by community members and educators.


We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 NUFSICISUM Youth Leadership Awards! These six young musicians exemplify what youth leadership through music is all about:

Bios and pictures will arrive soon.


  • Jacob Murray, (Montreal, QC)
  • Aydin Quach, (Vancouver, BC)
  • Janice Kok, (Richmond, BC)
  • Daniel Dudziak, (Scarborough, ON)
  • Nicole Hendriks, (Bolton, ON)
  • Angela Lee, (Waterloo, ON)
  • Chelsea Atkinson, (Springhill, NS)
  • Cara Callahan, (Spaniard’s Bay, NL)
  • Tom Davis, (Vancouver, BC)
  • Sophie Hicks, (Dorchester, ON)
  • Benjamin Hill, (Grimshaw, AB)
  • Jessica Liu, (Montreal, QC)
  • Shana Brown, Woodland Elementary School (Dildo, NL)
  • James Klassen, River East Collegiate (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Hannah Carruthers, Silver Creek Public School (Georgetown, ON)
  • Kyle Orlando, Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School (Grimsby, ON)
  • Shannon Huston, Norkam Senior Secondary School (Kamloops, BC)
  • Shannon McLaren, Vancouver Technical Secondary School (Vancouver, BC)
  • Stephanie Staibano, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (Toronto, ON)
  • Nhi Trinh-Le, York Memorial C.I (Toronto, ON)
  • Samantha Lavin, York House School (Vancouver, BC)
  • Rachel Copreros, Eldorado Public School (Brampton, ON)
  • Brent Cater, Keswick High School (Keswick, ON)
  • Nick Johnson, Kwantlen Park & Greater Vancouver Youth Music Academy (Surrey, BC)