Feeling lucky? Want to help MusiCounts?
The 50th JUNO Awards 50/50 Raffle is currently underway, with a take-home prize of more than $10,000, with an equal amount going to MusiCounts.
Buy tickets now and get a chance to win one of two Early Bird prizes, drawn on April 22 and May 6 — but you only have until April 22 at 10:30 a.m. to get in on these drawings.
“MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS/The JUNO Awards, believes music transforms the lives of young people. That’s why we build accessible and sustainable music programs for in-need schools and communities across Canada,” the organization says. “Every dollar raised through the 50th JUNO Awards 50/50 Raffle supports the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, which grants up to $15,000 to schools for musical instruments, equipment and resources.”
The grand prize drawing will happen on May 17 at 10 a.m. EST, the day after this year’s JUNO ceremony, taking place this year in Toronto.
Tickets are available for roughly $1 each, but there are deals to be had: buy 10 tickets for $10, or 25 tickets for $20, or 75 tickets for $50. Tickets can be purchased here.
There are a few catches, unfortunately. The lottery is only open to Canadians 18 years of age and older and ticket buyers need to be in the province of Ontario at the time of purchase. People who buy a digital ticket will receive a confirmation email with their registered numbers, provided by a random selection system — no playing birthdays or lucky numbers here. The winner will need to provide a photo ID to confirm their prize, but if no one comes forward within six months, the prize amount will be donated to a charity other than MusiCounts with the approval of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
By now, we’re all familiar with MusiCounts: The organization is a music education charity that believes in the power of music to help change young lives. “We celebrate musical excellence and put instruments into the hands of children who need them most. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that all youth in Canada have access to the transformational power of music education in their school or community and that’s why the charity focuses on improving access to music education for youth by offering instrument grants to schools and communities.”
In 2019, MusiCounts received $6 million in instrument grants, but only could provide support to a fifth of those schools.
Music education helps with so many aspects of the development of young minds, including improved language proficiency, self-confidence and focus; it bridges cultural gaps and promotes collaboration; it helps strengthen cognitive abilities and positively influences emotional development.
Sounds great, right? Want to help? Buy a ticket, take the ride (of dreaming about what to do with the money).