La Fondation Droit au Talent - Concert Pour l’Avenir

  • The fifth annual Concert pour l'Avenir held May 28, 2017, featuring singer Stéphanie St-Jean, shown here with the choir from Marcel-Vaillancourt School.

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  • The Music Arts program has led to the creation of a number of musical ensembles, including one featuring guitars.

    Fondation Droit au talent

  • The CSDL's music program aims to develop student excellence. Here, pupils from Des Cèdres School are shown along with their teacher, a music specialist.

    Fondation Droit au talent

BY THE NUMBERS

Established in 2000 by parents of students from Laval's Des Cèdres School, in 2012 the Foundation broadened its mission to include all schools offering the CSDL's Music Arts program

Close to 600 students have access to high-quality musical instruction right within the public school system

The Foundation has acquired about $40,000 worth of musical instruments

Keeping the music alive

In 2000, when a lack of sufficient government funding threatened the elimination of the Music Arts programs of the Laval School Board (CSDL), a group of concerned parents whose children attended the city's Des Cèdres School decided to join forces to fight that possibility. To do so, they established the Fondation Droit au Talent.

Originally serving only the needs of Des Cèdres, in 2012, the Foundation broadened its scope to include every CSDL school offering its Music Arts program, and since that time has worked to raise additional funding for it.

Droit au talent's mission is to foster access to musical education, beginning in the elementary grades, through the Music Arts program provided in CSDL schools. The Foundation aims to enable all children with musical ability to take part in the program, regardless of their family's financial resources. Every year, close to 600 students, selected on the basis of their talent and interest in music, are therefore able to receive high-quality instruction right within the public school system.

An Instrument Loan Program

The Foundation has also instituted a project to loan musical instruments to students enrolled in the Music Arts program. Thanks to the commitment of partners, it has acquired around $40,000 worth of instruments, including a good number of violins, for lending to pupils. This aspect of its initiatives will further enable children from all area families to take part in the Music Arts program.

As Michèle Villemure, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors, explains "We believe that it is extremely important for our children to be able to take advantage of a musical education program starting at the elementary-school level. Many of them have real talent, but because they are in the public school system, their parents often cannot afford to pay for private lessons. So, financial support from the Foundation is critical to ensure the quality of the program is maintained."

A Remarkable Performance

The Foundation also organizes an annual "Concert pour l'Avenir" benefit concert to help fund the CSDL's Music Arts program.

“Support from companies such as Power Corporation is truly important because they understand the benefits of music to our children's lives,” declares Ms. Villemure. “Power’s support is a direct validation of the quality of the CSDL’s music program.”

“We have been very pleased to be a sponsor of the benefit concert,” says Marie‑Hélène Fox, Director of the Donations Committee at Power Corporation. “The success achieved by the Fondation Droit au Talent once again demonstrates that making music can spark greater self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment in young people, and helps them go on to lead engaged and productive lives.”

Support from companies such as Power Corporation is truly important because they understand the benefits of music to our children's lives.
Michèle Villemure
Chair of the Board of the Fondation
La Fondation Droit au Talent

Video

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