We support music and arts advancement opportunities for youth
The mandate of The Minstrel Foundation for Music & Arts Advancement is to support the learning experience of economically challenged children and youth at risk. We support programs that benefit inner city youth and new immigrant communities within Toronto and the neighbouring areas.
A professional quality music education has proven to increase a child's IQ resulting in higher academic performance in both math and science. Further benefits include improved speech and reading abilities in addition to the enhancement of teamwork skills and personal self discipline.
Through the Minstrel Foundation, kids from our inner city neighbourhoods can take music lessons throughout the school year in a number of programs, attend music camps during school breaks and in the summer and further their music education at the advanced level through a Minstrel Foundation scholarship.
Ready to take the next step? You can become a contributor to our cause, by donating your time, talents or money.
The Minstrel Foundation relies upon the generous support of many individuals and corporate sponsors to fund programs and scholarships.
Each year, a major fundraising event is held which brings together our supporters for an evening of entertainment and good company. In addition to performances by some of our talented students, many of Canada's leading artists have generously contributed their own performances. In recent years our headline performers have been Robert Pilon, Patricia O'Callaghan, Carol Welsman, Guido Basso, Mark Dubois, Ofra Harnoy, Don Harron, Lister Sinclair, Mike Ruby, Liz Rodrigues, Dr. Draw, Nancy Walker and her trio and Heather Bambrick and her trio.
Donations are needed and welcome at any time during the year. There is always a new program or child in need of our help and your generosity.
Please contact the Minstrel Foundation if you would like to become one of our supporters, large or small, or become identified with one of our programs or a scholarship or award. Contact Susan Collins through the Minstrel Foundation office at 416-944-8244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org