Friday, The Vogue Theatre was host to an evening long concert and fundraiser for Music BC Foundation, Celebration 2012. Various BC artists donated their time to benefit the Charitable Foundation which supports music education throughout British Columbia by providing instruments to underfunded music programs in public schools, Aboriginal schools, community centres, and regional youth orchestras; scholarships for young artists pursuing a career in music, and mentor-based music programs for at-risk youth.
During the concert the Music BC Charitable Foundation announced the creation of the Beautiful Heart Award to recognize a person whose sensitivity, endurance, inspiration and musical artistry and has made an enduring contribution to British Columbia and Canada. The inaugural recipient of the award is Bill Henderson, of the band Chilliwack. Henderson has contributed an immense amount to music and music education over the years, holding volunteer positions as the President of SOCAN, Director for CARAS, and was a founding member of the Artist Rights Coalition. He also advocates for youth programs, including being the musical representative for the Sir Richard McBride School Playground Campaign.
The Beautiful Heart Award originated from a quote by renowned music educator Shinichi Suzuki. “Teaching music in itself is not the main purpose of music education. We want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” Music BC Charitable Foundation wants every child and youth in British Columbia to have the opportunity to develop their own beautiful heart through access to music and music education.