We are happily accepting donations through the following avenues:
1. Donate to Sing for Life through ATB Cares
ATB supports Alberta charities through ATB Cares by covering all processing fees AND they match your donation at 15%! Make your donation dollar go a little further and donate now—you receive a tax receipt from ATB Cares immediately by email.
The matching funds are limited, so the sooner you act, the better! (A side note: when you donate through ATB Cares, we receive the donation anonymously unless you fill out the optional email and name.)
2. Donate through Canada Helps
Donate through Canadahelps.org and have the option to set up a monthly donation. Help us keep our programs sustainable into the future! $25 a month provides 12 music lessons for an inmate for a year; $10 a month provides sheet music for a participant. For the price of a weekly latte, you can make a big difference in the lives of our participants!
3. Spread the Word
Share this page through your networks and encourage others to donate, or share our web site to help spread the word of the work we do in Edmonton. We have been providing performing arts programs to marginalized individuals in Edmonton for over a decade, helping individuals access performing arts and build musical, personal, and social skills. We operate on a small budget with low administrative overhead. Your donation goes directly towards programs that provide meaningful musical and social experiences for people who otherwise don’t have the opportunity. We are proud of our work and love to tell the world!
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What does your donation support?
- A performing arts program for incarcerated women at the federal Edmonton Institution for Women. The program includes the New Beginnings Choir, which rehearses weekly and performs at special functions at the prison, music lessons in piano and voice, and occasional performing arts workshops. Besides learning about music, incarcerated women derive many benefits from the program such as a sense of accomplishment, a reduction of isolation, a safe environment for self expression and emotional release, and the opportunity to learn how to trust – all skills that can serve them well when they are reintegrating to society after release from prison.
- The Edmonton Downtown Men’s Choir. The Edmonton Downtown Men’s Choir is a program that offers the opportunity to sing for men in the downtown area. While the program is specifically designed to reach out to men dealing with social and economic challenges, it welcomes all men. A core group of singers commit to participate in all activities and rehearsals, and provide support to transient members and guests. Some members of the core group are drawn from the target population the choir is designed to serve, and others are there to support its purpose. The core group rehearses weekly and performs regularly at locations and events such as community dinners and warming centers where they can connect with other downtown men.
- Bissell Centre Partnership. Sing for Life and the Bissell Centre joined forces in the fall of 2018 to provide two weekly music programs. Tuesday Jam at the Bissell; led by our our own Evan Thomas, accompanist for the Edmonton Downtown Men’s Choir. Evan hosts a jam session every Tuesday for inner city residents. Harmony: Singing and Music; With the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation, Sing for Life and the Bissell Centre have partnered to provide an Edmonton Inner City Choir that meets every Friday. The program aims to create a choir that is culturally inclusive and easily accessible for Edmonton’s inner city community, many of whom are living with challenges such as ongoing mental health issues and substance dependency.
Our Thanks to You!
Your support is invaluable for Sing for Life as it enables us to provide music programs to those who need them most. Please accept our sincere thanks for your ongoing support!