The Hamilton Music Collective got anoter boost in its efforts to provide music education for inner city kids with a $10,000 grant from The Edith H.Turner Foundation Fund, which focuses on providing low-income families with artistic and educational activities for their children.

The funding will help support the Hamilton Music Collective’s program, An Instrument for Every Child (AIFEC), which aims to provide Hamilton’s inner-city elementary school children with the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments. The program is currently operating in eight schools in Hamilton and has expanded this year. The expansion of the program will reach children in the broader community through the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton, at local community centres, and through new programming at the organization’s headquarters, The Gasworks.

Support from the Edith H. Turner grant will be used to expand to Queen Mary School beginning September 2016. “We are thrilled about this grant as it helps us to expand the program to additional inner-city schools and provide more children with the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument,” said Astrid Hepner, President, Hamilton Music Collective. “As a child learns the discipline of an instrument, the lessons they receive follow into their academic studies, and, ultimately, through their life.”

AIFEC was founded in 2009, by the Hamilton Music Collective, with a pilot project at King George elementary school. From that class of 20 students, AIFEC has expanded to serve of over 500 children in 10 inner-city schools and community centres through music.

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