Saint James Music Academy (SJMA) began in response to Vancouver’s inner-city children’s lack of access to high quality music education due to socio-economic issues. Inspired by the renowned Venezuelan El Sistema program, SJMA strives to improve cognitive development, socialization skills, self-empowerment, and musical aptitude. SJMA now reaches 170 children in their after-school program and 250 through their outreach program, with enrolment steadily increasing each year. SVP Vancouver is assisting SJMA with strategic planning, fund development, program expansion and long-term sustainability of the organization. SVP’s grant will go towards the continuation and increased hours of outreach activities at four partner schools.
SVP Grant Commitment: $120,000 over three years (2013 – 2015) with generous co-funding support from the SpencerCreo Foundation.
Executive Director: Kathryn Walker
SVP Lead Partners: Hamlet Abnousi and Jeff Peterson