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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Neil Young Concert Helps Benefit Canada School Music Program

Neil Young's hometown concert last month has benefited the local Omemee school music program to expand by raising over $15,000.

The Scott Young Public School is currently pricing a variety of non-traditional instruments courtesy of the Dec. 1 concert. From Neil Young concert helps Omemee school expand music program | MyKawartha by Catherine Whitnall:
Scott Young Public School has received a significant boost to its music program budget, but it’s come from an unusual source.

Last fall, principal Carrie Pilgrim was contacted by members of Neil Young’s management regarding the Canadian music icon’s Somewhere in Canada concert. The school is named after Young's father.

“We talked about the concert and how Neil wanted the proceeds of ticket and t-shirt sales to go to our music program,” said Pilgrim of the concert held Dec. 1 at Coronation Hall that ‘raised’ $15,221.

“Band instruments aren’t for everybody. Some students don’t have the size or strength, and most instruments tend to be right-handed.” - Scott Young Public School music teacher Michelle Buckingham

As an added bonus to the musical windfall, students had the opportunity to meet Young’s partner, actress Daryl Hanna, when she stopped by the school prior to the concert.

“She was so gracious. She posed for photos with the students and really enjoyed it when they played Jingle Bells for her,” said Pilgrim.
Scott Young Public School students

See full article at Neil Young concert helps Omemee school expand music program | MyKawartha by Catherine Whitnall.

More on Neil Young's "Somewhere In Canada" Concert.

Also, see Neil Young: Humanitarian Rebel With Causes.

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At 1/18/2018 01:22:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Good stuff, but surely petty cash for ole Neil ?

At 1/18/2018 03:09:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

Thanks for sharing, Thrasher. Good to know our money went directly to helping school kids learn and play music. What could be better? Loved the show too. Even just watching the live stream, I felt this was a special event.
Still hoping for tour this year!

At 1/18/2018 04:38:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@SH - Happy New Year! Good to see you, it's been awhile.

Checked out your YT & Twitter the other day and see you're still spinning the black circle.

Yes, it is great to see that Neil's efforts are helping out the kids locally. Nothing petty whatsoever with this benefit. Seems like a win-win-win all the way around.

And ye4ah, we're supposed to get a POTR tour this summer. Hopefully announcements early Spring?!

At 1/19/2018 05:18:00 PM, Blogger Stephen Hansen said...

I find it hard to beleive that such a small amount was raised. Wow want a low amount. There was a heap of people watch the live feed...did they not donate? Think it would of raise considerably more if no live feed. And put out blueray/dvd or a pay to view.Say $10 a viewing.. $150k should of been.

At 1/20/2018 04:57:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

Groovy! I wish I could be there!
Alan in Seattle


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