Regent Park School of Music launches computer-based music program for youth with the support of TELUS
(Canada Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TELUS Toronto Community Board gives $20,000 to Regent Park School of
Music; students to perform at annual TELUS Celebration of Giving
TORONTO, May 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Regent Park School of Music (RPSM) today
introduced their latest after-school program, Baddest Beatz, which
teaches youth music production using computer software. The school
launched the program thanks to a generous $20,000 donation from the
TELUS Toronto Community Board.
"We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from TELUS," said
Richard Marsella, director, Regent Park School of Music. "The donation
allows us to develop unique programs in our Jane Finch satellite
location, such as Baddest Beatz, a hip hop production course, African
drumming, steel pan, ukulele and more!"
Since 1999, Regent Park School of Music has supported close to 1,000
youth in Toronto areas such as Regent Park, Parkdale, Jane and Finch
and Lawrence Heights. Through the generous support of their donors, the
School gives youth the opportunity to receive high-quality music
education in group and private settings. Baddest Beatz is one of the
many innovative programs RPSM has instituted. Currently, this program
is also offered at Oakdale Park Middle School in the Jane and Finch
Baddest Beatz is a fun hands-on program allowing students to explore
their musical creativity with modern technology. The program provides
the equipment and guidance in order for students to create and record
songs or beats using computer software. Throughout the workshops
students will make mp3 files to share with their friends and families.
Ultimately, students will work towards producing a
professional-quality, cellophane-wrapped CD.
Over the past six years, the TELUS Toronto Community Board has
contributed more than $44,000 to Regent Park School of Music.
"Arts programs are known to empower youth and build their self-esteem
and these are key qualities in building our future leaders," said Hon.
Frances Lankin, TELUS Toronto Community Board Chair. "We are pleased to
support Regent Park School of Music, which is such an inspiring
organization since it gives Toronto youth the opportunity to explore
their musical talents in a variety of ways."
Regent Park School of Music has also announced a contest open for all
students in which a group of three to five students will receive a
$1,500 honorarium towards future music lessons from the TELUS Toronto
Community Board. Contestants must create a three minute video of their
performance and will be judged on musicianship and originality. The
contest will run from May 28 to June 29, 2012.
Since its inception in 2005, the TELUS Toronto Community Board has
contributed $4.5 million to Toronto charitable organizations and
supported more than 260 community projects.
About Regent Park School of Music
Founded in 1999, RPSM provides high quality, affordable music education
to youth-in-need in Regent Park and other high priority areas in the
city of Toronto, including Parkdale, Jane & Finch and Lawrence Heights.
Staff, faculty and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure the safety and
growth of RPSM students. For more information about the School, please
About the TELUS Community Boards
TELUS Community Boards are an innovative model for funding youth-focused
charities that delegates decision-making to local leaders who know
their communities best. Eleven TELUS Community Boards are making a
positive impact across Canada from coast-to-coast in Victoria,
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Rimouski,
Quebec City, Atlantic Canada and the most recently launched board in
the Thompson Okanagan region of B.C. Since their inception in 2005, the
Community Boards have contributed $30 million to grassroots charitable
organizations and supported more than 2,300 community projects. The
TELUS Community Boards and the meaningful difference they make
significantly contributed to TELUS receiving the Association of
Fundraising Professionals 2010 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for
the Most Outstanding Corporation globally. For more information about
the TELUS Calgary Community Board or to apply for funding, please visit
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.4 billion of annual revenue and 12.7
million customer connections including 7.3 million wireless
subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million
Internet subscribers and more than 500,000 TELUS TV customers. Led
since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a
wide range of communications products and services including wireless,
data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million
hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS
Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic
initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding
philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to
receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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