MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award
The MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award (MIMAA) recognizes an individual who has had an extraordinary impact on education and the charity over the course of its history.
Kevin Drew, winner of the 2023 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award. Photo: Norman Wong
MusiCounts is pleased to present Kevin Drew with the 2023 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award.
In honour of the MIMAA Recipient, $30,000 worth of MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grants will be awarded to Canadian schools.
Each award recipient will also receive a statuette based on the JUNO Award design.
The 2023 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador
Drew’s lasting impact on MusiCounts began in 2012 when he approached the charity to create a program to support music education for kids who weren’t having their needs met through the school system. Thanks to Drew’s efforts, in 2013 the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program was launched to provide musical instruments, equipment, and resources to community groups or not-for-profit organizations who deliver music programs to youth. To date it has supported 271 community organizations across Canada and tens of thousands of youth participants with $3.9 million in instruments, resources, and equipment. Additionally, when the Field Trip music festival began, Drew requested everyone on the guest list to make a $20 donation to MusiCounts. The Field Trip fundraisers raised tens of thousands of dollars over several years.
“This reward is for the community leaders who have been putting their time into helping so many kids be able to have music in their lives. I’m just receiving it to remind people that helping people is the greatest achievement one can have,” says Kevin Drew. “Everyone should get on the train of helping others out. We have lost sight of this due to the amount of noise that surrounds our lives on a daily basis. The only noise that matters is someone being able to express themselves through music.”