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For Immediate Release


May 14, 2007

Office of the Premier




VANCOUVER – Vancouver inner city youth will benefit from a $500,000 grant to Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach – An Arts Umbrella Project, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.


“Having the opportunity to learn and perform music is significant in fostering creative development and in building confidence in a child,” said Campbell. “I commend Sarah McLachlan for her commitment to her Music Outreach project and for her gift of music to Vancouver’s youth.”


“Knowing first-hand the positive influence music has is what sparked my dream to bring music to the lives of young people who might not have had the opportunity otherwise,” said McLachlan. “It is so gratifying to have others embrace this program along with me, showing support such as the Province of British Columbia has shown today.”


Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach, administered by Arts Umbrella, offers music instruction to youth in Vancouver's inner city. Students, ranging in age from 9 to 17, receive instruction in guitar, piano, percussion and choir through a repertoire of musical genres, including contemporary, jazz, and world music.


            “I am impressed by the range of quality instruction available to students in this music outreach project,” said Stan Hagen, Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts. “It is clear that students are inspired and nurtured in their love for music. I know the benefits of what they learn here will stay with them a lifetime.”


The announcement, made at Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach School, took place during a visit from the international awarding-winning Canadian musician. The funding comes from the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.






Mike Morton

Press Secretary

Office of the Premier

250 213-8218


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