Music Monday Anthem Search

The Music Monday Anthem Search, a national songwriting competition created to inspire and engage music makers of all backgrounds is now accepting submissions. The Coalition invites aspiring songwriters from across the country to enter original compositions for the chance to be chosen as the next Music Monday Anthem. The composer of the winning submission will win $10,000 worth of musical equipment generously provided by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

Entrants can submit their songs online at www.anthemsearch.ca. The deadline to submit is November 3rd, 2014. A panel of music industry professionals, music educators, and previous Music Monday songwriters will determine the Grand Prize winner. The contest is being supported by SOCAN and Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

Principals of Music Awards

Every year the Coalition for Music Education recognizes three (3) exemplary principals in Canada for their leadership and support of music programs in their schools. 

The recipients each receive national recognition and a cash prize of $1,500 to be applied to their school music program. We are encouraging music educators, parents, and all supporters of school music to consider a principal in their area and submit a nomination for the award. The deadline for submissions is October 31st and winners will be announced in early December.

For more information on the Principals of Music Award, visit our website here


The Coalition recently launched the Youth4Music program, which provides a platform for the voice of young people about the importance of music in their schools. It will become a network to incubate strategies and provides leadership opportunities for youth to make a difference for music in their schools, and communities. Also, Youth4Music will develop youth-led resources and initiatives to be shared by young people across Canada.

As part of the Youth4Music network, the Coalition for Music Education recently launched the NUFSICISUM award in honour of Phil Nimmons, Canada’s oldest working jazz music educator. A NUFSICISUM award will be given to students who have made a special positive impact in their school music program. Winners will receive a cash reward of $200, along with a plaque. They will also be invited to a Coalition event to be recognized by community members and educators.

To learn more about the Youth4Music program or how to get involved, contact our new Youth Coordinator, Anah Shabbar youthcoordinator@musicmakesus.ca

Welcome our new Youth Coordinator

We are excited to introduce you to - Anah Shabbar, who just started as our Youth Coordinator for the Youth4Music program. Anah comes to the Coalition with years of experience in the Arts and Culture sector. She founded the Toronto-Niagara based arts collective: Greenbelt Arts, which partnered with the In the Soil Arts Festival, when Anah became the Volunteers Coordinator and sat on the Visual and Music Programming Committee. The Collective also partnered with other local and provincial Organizations such as, The Ontario Greenbelt Foundation, The St. Catharines Centre for Performing Arts, Niagara Artist Centre, Ontario People Interest Research Group, Brock Radio, Brock University and Toronto Housing Services Corporation, and Niagara Resource Service for Youth. 

Anah is the organizing force behind small and large-scale community based events, whether she be the curator, stage manager, radio host, event manager or volunteer. Anah loves to bring artists’ visions to life and to create events that are unique for performers and audience members. She appreciates the role of music education for Youth and understands the importance of sharing one’s own art form. 

Casa Musica - an evening of music and meaning

An amazing evening of music by remarkable musicians of all ages and backgrounds, Casa Musica- the Coalition's first gala fundraiser- will be held in Toronto, ON on Wed. Oct 22nd at "Canada's Majestic Castle", Casa Loma. There is a stellar line up hosted by the charismatic Juno-winning jazz vocalist Kellylee Evans , with performances from

  • The Gryphon Trio - Juno-award winning trio; one of the world's preeminent piano trios
  • Marc Jordan - internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning singer-songwriter and producer, and Songwriter Chair at the Canadian Film Centre
  • Amanda Martinez - Latina songstress, broadcaster and actress; co-chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council and co-chair of PanAm 2015’s Ignite program

Col. Chris Hadfield will be the special guest speaker. 

Auction items include a guitar autographed by Chris Hadfield, a clarinet autographed by Phil Nimmons, and an original painting by Marc Jordan as well as many other wonderful prizes.

Click here to purchase tickets. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for a large portion of your ticket as a donation to the Youth For Music Program.

Wise Voices for Music

It was a busy Spring/Summer for the Wise Voices for Music initiative. Local Action Teams have been hard at work creating musical opportunities in their communities. We are particularly pleased to announce that highlights from Wise Voices-North Bay are now on the CMEC’s website. A number of exciting ideas have come from the North Bay Action Team; including - a poster display created by students about “What music means to me,” with judging by school administration, school board officials and trustees. The Wise Voices-Sudbury Action Team is also accomplishing wonderful things. They have renewed their relationship with the Sudbury Arts Council and are also working closely with the municipality to benefit music and music education in the Sudbury area. After a summer hiatus, the Coalition is looking forward to energizing the Waterloo and Kingston action teams.

As part of the Wise Voices initiative and the newly established Youth4Music program, Holly and Jennifer travelled to University of Guelph and the Ontario Education Leadership Centre to pilot an interactive youth workshop to be used nation-wide. Along the way we’ve met youth who are passionate, articulate, and inspiring about music and music education. They’ve got big ideas on how to engage youth and their community in music and music education activities.

The Coalition is heading into a busy Fall. We have events scheduled for Windsor, London, Orillia, Winnipeg and we’re in the process of organizing events in Toronto, York Region, Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Huntsville. If you see your community listed here and you’d like to take part in an event, please contact Jennifer Caines at: wisevoices@musicmakesus.ca

Spotlight – Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (TYWO)

In 1991, a bright, enthusiastic Brampton high school student, inspired by his own music teacher, took it upon himself to begin planning a musical ensemble that allowed young musicians to grow and learn as a complement to the established provincial music education program. This was no mere pet project, but a dream to enhance the opportunities for secondary school music students to move beyond what the classroom would teach them, and allow them to challenge themselves both creatively and technically as they pursued their passion for music.

Today, Colin Clarke’s ambition continues to drive and inspire young musicians as he leads the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (TYWO), now in its twenty-third successful season, as its Artistic Director. 


#MM10- by Céline Peterson

In society, occasionally we are known to take time for granted. Most of what happens in this world is based on time. Every day that passes means we are one day older. Every minute we spend doing something is a minute we maybe should have spent doing something else. The scenarios are endless. But we’re not talking about minutes and days here. We are talking about years. Ten years to be exact. Ten years of Music Monday.

The 10th anniversary of Music Monday took place on May 5th this year and various celebrations all over Canada were brought together by a live webcast. Thanks to Holly Nimmons and her entire team over at the Coalition for Music Education (Music Makes Us) students from all over the country were invited to participate in events that were taking place in their towns as part of this nation-wide initiative. 


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