50/50 Charitable Programs
Blues in the Schools is a charitable program operated by Ottawa Bluesfest from participating elementary schools in Ottawa and surrounding regions. The aim of the program is to expose students from all backgrounds to music and to encourage them to use music as a positive outlet in dealing with the world around them. Visiting artists/educators and local musicians will deliver the program to more than 5,000 students in Ottawa-area schools and beyond
- Week one of the program involves rotating, assembly-like presentations by various artists at participating schools.
- Week two includes artists working with classroom-size groups on a performance to be presented on the final day of the program, for their peers, teachers and families.
Ultimately these students are offered an opportunity to perform at the Ottawa Bluesfest in Ottawa, during the festival’s Blues in the Schools day in July.
First launched in 2009, the “Be in the Band” initiative connects young musicians who want to be in a band with other potential bandmates. Professional local musicians mentor aspiring future stars through weekly rehearsals in a high-quality ensemble experience. The program finishes with a community concert – and potentially a performance at Ottawa Bluesfest in July!