An Instrument for Every Child is pleased to announce the receipt of a donation of $15,000 from Incite Foundation for the Arts for program funding.
AIFEC is the successful Hamilton inner-city free music program for children in Grades 1 through 4. This past September the program expanded to five Hamilton schools for the 2012-13 school year: Holy Name of Jesus, Dr. J. Edgar Davey, Memorial, Prince of Wales, and Cathy Wever.
Said AIFEC Executive Director, Astrid Hepner, “The continued support from Incite greatly helps as we work toward having AIFEC in place in ten Hamilton public and separate schools by September 2015. Incite’s donation is a further step in making 10 by 15 a reality.”
The Incite Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit organization formed in 2011 to provide funding to charitable arts organizations in the Hamilton area. In 2012, Incite donated over $160,000 to fifteen Hamilton area organizations including AIFEC, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
The Hamilton Music Collective is a partner and founder of An Instrument for Every Child. AIFEC is a visionary music project aimed at providing elementary school children in challenged neighbourhoods with the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. Hamilton is the first city in Canada to offer this free musical education program to students starting in Grade 1. AIFEC, in partnership with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, was started in September 2010 with the Grade 1 students at King George School after a $125,000 seed grant to fund the program was donated by Hamilton business owner, Paul Lloyd.