Our Impact

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In 2016 we surpassed 6,000 loans…
…many of them to children and youth whose families would otherwise lack the means to buy them the gift of music.

We are partnering with Queen’s Community  Music, and First Avenue Public School (Limestone District School Board),and we are excited to launch Sistema Kingston, an intensive after school music program for at-risk children that focuses on positive social change through the pursuit of musical excellence. Through free, group centred music instruction,Sistema Kingston will emphasize inclusivity and teamwork, build personal persistence, and foster creativity and personal responsibility in all of its activities.
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We currently are supplying instruments on a “permanent loan” basis to:The First Nations Technical Institute-Tyendinaga, Peers of the Roundtable Kingston Support Centre-Queen St Mental Health, Martha’s Table, a cargo container bound for Pamoja Tunaweza Boys and Girls Club in Moshi, Tanzania and also supply instruments for programs such as RKY Guitar Camp, Kingston Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo, and supporting  fundraisers for other non-profit organizations.
Our concert workshops are unique and very well received. Where else can you hear a world-class performer who actually “teaches” the audience!
Our “I Can Be Great” music program supplied free instruments and lessons for  children ages 8-11 years old, our focus has moved to developing a Sistema program in Kingston.
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In the 2015-2016 school year, Joe’s M.I.L.L. processed 156 tuition-related loans to students in the Limestone District School Board music programs and to students taking private lessons across Kingston.

In the 2013-2014 school year, we supplied 75 students in the Limestone School Board elementary school music programs with an additional 76 instruments to children in  other schools and private lessons who did not have the resources to purchase or rent an instrument. This free program supplied an aggregate of 1,300 months of instrument use and represented over $37,000.00 in equivalent rental costs. Check out “How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

We are supporting the KCHC Rising Artists program, launched in July of 2014 with hip hop dance and bucket drumming classes. This first arts program of its kind is free to children in grades 4 through 6 in the Rideau Heights neighbourhood, be offered on Sunday afternoons for 40 weeks at KCHC, and be taught by professionals. The plan is to expand the program to include visual arts and healthy cooking! Research has shown that quality arts programs improve children’s academic outcomes, build self-esteem and teach cooperation, that physical activity and healthy eating help improve health outcomes and that healthy eating habits developed early extend into adult life.