Toronto, April 5, 2018 – Inspired by a new generation of youth leaders who want to raise the awareness of the benefits of music in our lives, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada will present its first ever Youth4Music Virtual Summit on Saturday, April 14th 2018. Spanning across six time zones, and planned to last for a total of four hours, the Summit will lead to a day of meaningful discussions about youth leadership and music advocacy.
“Youth4Music is a national program dedicated to empowering youth leaders who want to highlight the importance of music and music education in Canada within their schools and communities,” explains Patricia Valenteyn, Managing Director for the Coalition for Music Education in Canada. “We are delighted to be able to provide these young changemakers with a platform, and to help them raise their voices to make a difference for Canada through music.”
The Virtual Summit will include youth aged 30 and under, who will share and discuss from coast to coast to coast about the successes and challenges of music education, and about how they can make a difference by engaging music in every community in Canada. Hosted by Youth4Music Ambassadors Cole Forrest (hailing from North Bay, ON and now based in Toronto) and Madison Lockman (based in Charlottetown, PEI), the summit will begin at 12:30 p.m. EST and will comprise workshops, presentations, interviews, an Indigenous panel discussion and of course, some music!
Though the main discussions will take place online, Youth4Music Ambassadors across the country will also host local viewings where youth will be able to tune into the summit with other local youth, as well as participate in local jam sessions. Local viewings have been confirmed in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto and Charlottetown. The Youth4Music Virtual Summit is a free event. Confirmed guests include: motivational speaker Jay Wong, Music Researcher and Coalition’s Board Chair Eric Favaro, Global Teacher Prize Winner Maggie MacDonnell and Indigenous youths Britanny Dokis (Dokis First Nation) and Kelsey Borgford (Nipissing First Nation).
Youth4Music is a program of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada. It is made possible with the generous support of the Government of Canada, TD Bank Group, NAMM Foundation, SOCAN Foundation and all of the Coalition’s partner organizations. In Ontario, Youth4Music is made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Youth4Music is a program dedicated to Canadian youth inspiring and building through music. Through the creation of regional, provincial, and national teams, youth leaders are empowered to collaborate in the development of projects that raise the awareness of the benefits of music in our lives. Youth4Music is a program of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada. Led by youth, for youth, through music. For more information: www.youth4music.ca
ABOUT THE COALITION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION IN CANADA
The Coalition for Music Education in Canada is an organization made up of parents, students, educators, and business people from varying walks of life who support school music programs and highlight the importance of music education for all young people in Canada. For more information: www.musicmakesus.ca