“In places like Wikwemikong where 1 in 4 youth are living below the poverty line, there are very few job opportunities. The Music Business course is a way for kids to take their musical interests and talents and create self-employment, which in turn leads to breaking the cycle of poverty in our communities.”
– Jason Thibault, Head of Business, ‘The Music Business’ teacher, Wasse Abin High School
TEMPO works with Wasse Abin High School (Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Manitoulin Island,) and Nbisiing Secondary School (Nipissing First Nation, North Bay,) to deliver ‘The Music Business’ course to Aboriginal students. The course is primarily delivered from the hosting high school, but features multiple visits from music industry professionals, successful artists and artist entrepreneurs, songwriters, and TEMPO instructors.
Aboriginal students also benefit from a trip to Toronto where they are hosted at the TEMPO facility. They have an opportunity to explore a functioning music business workplace, record their original songs in a professional studio, and work with industry experts on musical performance, workplace professionalism and songwriting.
The delivery of ‘The Music Business’ for Aboriginal students also features an added element: Students organize a community concert/day festival experience called Rezfest. The event is:
– Organized by students with help from instructors and industry professionals.
– A practical opportunity for students to apply the knowledge they have learned throughout the course in areas such as marketing, performance, branding, songwriting, production etc.
– An occasion for students to showcase what they have learned to their peers and members of the community.
In 2014, the Wasse Abin, Wikwemikong Rezfest sold out the local arena, drawing an audience of more than 400 community members.
For more information on offering “The Music Business” at your First Nations’ school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.