The MCMA’s Music Equals Program, in partnership with inner-city schools and organizations, offers a variety of musical opportunities in the community. By providing this program, the MCMA hopes to foster the relationship between students and their instruments as well as encourage young people to continue their journey as musicians.
For both Music Equals Strings and Music Equals Rock, classes are taught in the community to increase the students’ access to music. For many students, a school bus is the only transportation they have access to; therefore the programs are developed to work within the school day to ensure the opportunity to participate. Each week, over 350 children from Winnipeg’s inner city have the opportunity to learn an instrument through the Music Equals Program. Eighty percent of the students are First Nations and a growing number of students are new Canadians.