Slaight Foundation Gifts $2M to MusiCounts

The announcement was made during the 2023 Juno Award events in Edmonton.

Manus Hopkins
March 16, 2023

The Slaight Family Foundation has made a five-year commitment to MusiCounts, which will see the the national music education charity receive $2 million. The donation through the new MusiCounts Slaight Family Foundation Innovation Fund will support music education programs in schools across Canada. This investment was announced during the 2023 Juno Awards in Edmonton last weekend.

MusiCounts is Canada's music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and The Juno Awards. The organization's initiative is to make music education inclusive, sustainable, and accessible for youth across Canada by providing musical instruments, equipment, and resources.

The MusiCounts Band Aid Program, the charity’s already existing musical instrument and equipment grant program for schools, will not be replaced by this new fund. The MusiCounts Slaight Family Foundation Innovation Fund applications, which will open in fall 2023, will operate in conjunction with the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, and will offer teachers and administrators the option to apply for grants that suit the needs of specific school and students. The new fund will also serve resource and professional development opportunities for educators.

More information on the MusiCounts Slaight Family Foundation Innovation Fund will become available over the coming months at

Manus Hopkins

Manus Hopkins is the Assistant Editor of Canadian Musician