SoM has been operating in Vancouver since April 2002. Since September 2011 we moved into our current location on East 7th Avenue. Today we offer a full spectrum of music lessons at our East 7th site and are providing programming at 14 locations offsite.
We are currently in the process of raising the funds to commence our after school music education program in Surrey in 2016. We are working with the Surrey School District to identify schools for the start-up phase. Once we have secured funding, our plan is to start offsite programming in selected elementary schools in the spring of 2016, followed by full year programming in September 2016. Music lessons in Surrey will start with elementary aged students and grow over time to include most grade levels.
We are currently in the process of raising the funds needed to launch after school music education in Edmonton in 2016. We are working with the Edmonton Public School Board to identify schools for our start-up. Once the funding is in place, our plan is to begin offsite music lessons in two locations during the spring of 2016, followed by full year programming in September 2016. Programming in Edmonton will start with grades 4-12. The search for a permanent home for the Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Edmonton has already begun and the goal is to have a school facility within three years.
SoM is fortunate to receive support from the Sarah McLachlan Foundation that covers its overhead costs, which means that all donations received go to the direct costs of providing music education. For SoM Surrey and SoM Edmonton, all funds raised will be allotted to Surrey and Edmonton only. Funding will be used towards instrument and equipment costs, salary expenses for the music instructors, the snack program, and other community specific programming needs.
Those wishing to support SoM Surrey or SoM Edmonton can either donate at https://www.sarahschoolofmusic.com/donate/ and indicate Surrey or Edmonton under “Which location would you like to support?” or send a cheque noting “Surrey” or “Edmonton” to our Vancouver address: #200 - 138 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 1M6.