Today, MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity, is pleased to announce JUNO Award winning band Hedley will sponsor the 2018 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. Established in 2005, the Award pays tribute to the accomplishments of one exceptional music teacher each year. Nominations are now open and can be made via musicounts.ca until January 5, 2018.
“We’re thrilled that Hedley is sponsoring the 2018 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award,” said Kristy Fletcher, Director, MusiCounts. “Hedley’s music resonates with a young audience, making them the perfect choice to sponsor an award that recognizes teachers who positively impact the lives of his or her students.”
“Music teachers empower and inspire the next generation of Canadian artists,” said Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard. “Without dedicated teachers, there would be no music class. That’s why it was so important for us to sponsor the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award to recognize and honour their amazing work.”
The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award recognizes dedicated music teachers who work hard to keep music alive in schools across the country. Each year, the award is sponsored or presented by an artist. Past sponsors include, The Rolling Stones, Michael Bublé, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, RUSH, Tragically Hip, Anne Murray, Billy Talent, Johnny Reid, Blue Rodeo, Gord Bamford and MAGIC!.
The Award nomination is open to any previous MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipient school and includes a $10,000 cash donation to the recipient teacher, a significant contribution to the recipient school’s music program, an invitation to attend the 2018 JUNO Award weekend for the recipient and a guest and a spectacular crystal statuette based on the JUNO Award design by Canadian glass artist Shirley Elford.