It’s been a big year for Dallas Green, with Alexisonfire putting out a new album and touring in support of it while also putting in some dates with City and Colour. But one of the highlights is being named recipient of the 2022 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award. He received his statuette Saturday night in the first evening of this year’s JUNO Awards celebrations.
“I am honoured to be able to support incredible organizations like MusiCounts who help to make music education accessible to youth across Canada,” Green said. “I recognize how lucky I am to make music for a living and I’m really grateful to be in a position to give back and help shine a light on the wonderful work they do.”
Green is recognized by the organization for his philanthropic efforts and contributions in support of music education across the country, including supporting Indigenous communities and lower-income families. In honour of his contributions and in keeping with his dedication, three schools that serve predominantly Indigenous communities or facing socio-economic challenges and hardships will receive MusiCounts Band Aid Program grants in Green’s name.
In 2017 and 2019, Green donated $1 from every ticket sold for his tours to MusiCounts and also donated the same from the sale of 2018’s Guide Me Back Home. These three efforts raised tens of thousands of dollars for MusiCounts’ Band Aid Program. Green also participated in a MusiCounts Band Aid Program at the Church Street Public School in Toronto in 2018, celebrating the receipt of donated musical instruments and equipment to the school.
“MusiCounts is delighted to recognize Dallas Green with the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, not only for his contributions to MusiCounts, but also his leadership as an artist and philanthropist,” says Kristy Fletcher, MusiCounts president. “Dallas’ charitable work has had a significant impact and he inspires others to do the same.”
Green is the sixth recipient of the award, which “recognizes an individual who has had an extraordinary impact on music education and the charity over the course of its history,” the organization says.