Vancouver, BC – Over the past two months, eight musical artists raised almost $18,000 through Covers For The Cause, a fundraising effort to support Music Heals, a charitable foundation that provides a wide range of music therapy services to communities in BC and across Canada – and a proud partner of SKOOKUM.
Two months ago, SKOOKUM and Music Heals announced Covers For The Cause and challenged musicians to raise money to increase access to music therapy while also providing those same musicians with an opportunity to play the inaugural music festival, September 7-9 in Stanley Park.
Little Crow, from Vancouver have raised over $6,500 through their efforts and have landed a performance slot at SKOOKUM.
Every artist who raised over $1,000 will pick which music therapy program their money goes to. For Little Crow, that choice was the GF Strong Music Therapy Program.
“Having experienced the support of their rehabilitation program for traumatic brain injury first hand, there was no question that we wanted to direct our efforts to GF Strong’s music therapy program. It wasn’t until after my own experience with head trauma and rehabilitation that I found music to be the way that I could cope and express myself. It’s truly mind-blowing how powerful and healing music is for the brain. Being able to see the effects of music being used both as an emotional release but also as a tool to achieve non-musical goals for patients suffering from varying degrees of brain trauma brings a whole new meaning to the importance of music and music therapy.” – Kas Van Baker, Little Crow
Other specific music therapy programs that also benefited include the Harmony & Healing Music Therapy Program at Sheway and Beyond One Voice: Building Compassionate Community Through Dialogue and Song.
“Congratulations to Little Crow and their fans to giving their time, energy and funds to such a worthy cause,” said Chris Brandt of Music Heals. “However, the real winner will be those who access music therapy services to help them through their difficulties whether that is specific to anxiety, pain or illness.”
“Covers For The Cause struck a positive chord with performers and their fans,” said Paul Runnals. “SKOOKUM is pleased to see such a positive response to this effort as those funds in combination with a portion of the service fee on all tickets sold for the 2018 festival will make music therapy available to even more people who are in need of support.”
The inaugural SKOOKUM festival is produced by BRANDLIVE in collaboration with Virgin Mobile and will feature over 50 stage performances by some of the biggest names in music today, live and multimedia art installations; gourmet culinary experiences from some of Vancouver’s most acclaimed restaurants; pop-up and roaming entertainment and tasting areas showcasing some of the best BC wines, locally brewed craft beer as well as select offerings from local area craft distilleries.
For more information about Music Heals, visit www.MusicHeals.ca/SKOOKUM
For information about Little Crow, visit: http://www.littlecrowband.com
To learn more about SKOOKUM, including details about tickets and pricing, please visit: www.skookumfestival.com