"Music is extremely important to me. Honestly I can say that music saved my life. We all want to feel connected and part of something bigger than ourselves. I truly believe we are changing lives here. Thank you to all of our supporters for sharing this journey with us and truly making the world a better place for our students."



The Sarah McLachlan School of Music provides high quality music lessons in conjunction with long term supportive mentorship from local teaching artists for at-risk and underserved children and youth in Vancouver, Surrey and Edmonton. The School of Music is a registered charity providing after-school music programming at no cost to over 1,000 students. The School teaches not only music, but also a broad range of life skills. Students grow musically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. They develop self-esteem, resilience, the ability to act responsibly and independently and learn the importance of being active, engaged community members. 

Our commitment to our donors is to ensure that every dollar raised supports the program. Since the School was founded, Sarah McLachlan has covered 100% of the administrative costs through her Foundation, so that all funds raised go directly to our students’ education - lessons and materials, in-class instruments, access to the instrument loan program, healthy snack program and transportation program.

We ask you to join our community, to help us provide innovative, adaptable music education to the students who are currently with us and for future students who would benefit from our after-school music program.

We know that our efforts are made possible because of the support we receive from our donors and we thank you for believing in our mission.


how can you donate?



View our donors and partnerships.


Become a Student Scholarship Circle (SSC) member and receive a private tour of the school for you and a guest, benefit from invitations to all performances happening at SoM, including the seasonal concert, open mic performances, specialty concerts and year-end student concert. 



Whether you make a one-time donation or every month, you are helping young people to develop creatively, to positively connect with their peers, and to gain the self-confidence they need to thrive in all areas of school and life.  However you choose to support the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, we are deeply grateful.


Tribute donations are those made in honour of someone you know or in memory of someone who has passed away. These gifts enable SoM to carry out its mission while keeping the memory of someone you love alive.



If you are interested in supporting the Sarah McLachlan School of Music you can also donate a non-cash product, service or good.

For a gift in kind tax receipt, a receipt or independent appraisal is required to establish fair market value. All appraisals are conducted at the expense of the donor. 

To donate items, please contact Chantal Fisher.

604.709.4415 ext. 202 or email

We are not accepting any musical instruments at this time. 


Planned Gifts, such as bequests or charitable trusts, can be a meaningful way to make a profound difference in the lives of our students. A planned gift can help you achieve your philanthropic goals, as well as your tax and financial goals. Your gift can provide direct funding or it can establish an endowment for the school. You may also make your gift in honour or in memory of a loved one. 

Gifts can be made now or can be deferred to maximize your tax and financial benefits. You can leave a gift in several ways – consider leaving a bequest in your will, a gift of life insurance, annuities or publicly traded securities, or designate SoM as your RRSP, RRIF or TFSA beneficiary. Your gift enables you to leave a lasting legacy of your own. 

We encourage you to seek the advice of your own financial and legal counsel. The Sarah McLachlan School of Music is available to work with you and your professional advisor to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled and that your gift is used as you have specified. 

For more information, please contact Chantal Fisher.

604.709.4415 ext. 202 or email



Donating publicly traded stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other securities is a tax-smart and easy way to support the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.

To transfer securities to SoM:

1.     Complete the attached form and send a copy of this form to your Broker or financial advisor.

2.     Send a copy of this form to Stephanie Woo, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music Society's broker, at RBC Dominion Securities. Email: or phone: 604.257.3234.

Your receipt for income tax purposes will be in the amount of the closing trading price on the day The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Society receives delivery of the shares. The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Society's policy is to sell all securities as soon as we receive them.



In order to facilitate a performance a total honorarium based on costs can be negotiated between The Sarah McLachlan School of Music and your organization. The cost will take into consideration factors such as transportation, food/beverage, the type of audience present at the event, a green room for our performers and other factors.

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Every gift to the Sarah McLachlan School of Music makes a positive impact on our students, ultimately providing opportunities for them to find their voice through music.