Community Development

Funding level: $50,000 to $100,000


In Canada, music programs for individuals living with disabilities have been limited to classical forms of music education:  piano, hand drums, or traditional instrument playing and vocal participation lead by a facilitator, where therapeutic or practice play is engaged with groups.  In contrast, there seems to be no limit to the variety and prevalence of music programs for individuals living without disabilities. 65% of Canadians are identified as mobility or agility disabled, there are approximately 3.3 million individuals in Canada with disability and 23% of which live in rural areas. So what happens when an individual with disability wants to record their own music, play instruments with other professional musicians, or get involved in a studio environment? And how do families pay for expensive studio time or music training, when they already pay for expensive therapies and assistive equipment?

Music Without Barriers' mission is to empower individuals living with disabilities by facilitating modern recording sessions with a completely inclusive mobile studio. This "Studio Without Barriers" brings together the right people, the right technologies and the right professional music techniques to any environment. This enables professional-quality, socially integrative music-making experiences that are accessible to the individuals and communities we serve.

The Aviva Community funding will be used in to build and launch the first mobile studio dedicated to giving an amazing, professional music making experience for individuals with disability, their families, and their communities. This will be provided in three major ways:

1) 1-on-1 Recordings: Imagine a studio and it's professionals pulling up to your home and setting up a session where you can play, sing, and record your own music. The Studio Without Barriers' 1:1 sessions provide focused sessions that help develop individual agency in music making. Each session is analyzed and understood to further help other individuals with similar needs.

2) Group Sessions: Now picture a summer camp, a school classroom, or a community centre. Imagine 20 or 30 people trying out new instruments, or taking turns creating and recording a collaborative song. Thanks to its mobility, the Studio Without Barriers will bring fun, creative new music programming to groups anywhere in the community.

3) Community Events: The Studio Without Barriers will also provide community outreach events, like concerts, showcases and opportunities for community learning sessions to find-out about new music technology. This helps increase the impact and reach of our programming by educating the public about what's happening in an otherwise overlooked community.

Broker supported

Music Without Barriers

Location: Toronto