SJMA is the story of a community coming together to build on the strengths of our children and families.  When cuts to public school funding meant that Vancouver’s inner-city children had limited or no access to quality music education, long-time Downtown Eastside area resident Kathryn Walker decided to do something about it. She began a two-year process of building alliances and support in the community for a music academy that would not only teach music but use music as a means of social change. SJMA opened its doors in September, 2007 with 50 enrolments.  Since then, the Academy has grown rapidly each year, impacting the lives of many hundreds of children. Today there are 200 children in the core after-school programs and another 275 children in public school outreach programs.

Our Mission Statement

Inspiring Vancouver’s inner city youth to bring social transformation through the power and joy of music.

‘Teach children the beauty of music and music will teach them the beauty of life.’

Maestro Antonio Abreu

Finance and Reports

SJMA strives to make the best use of every dollar our donors entrust to us. We believe it is important to be fully transparent about how the funds are used, and the financial standing and operations of our organization. Below you will find links to our Annual Reports, Independently Audited Statements, and Canada Revenue Agency Charity Returns.

Our Community Partners

Archdiocese of Vancouver
Britannia Elementary School
Britannia Secondary School
City in Focus
Community Arts Council of Vancouver
Earnest Ice Cream
Face of Today
Flowers On Top
Gourmet Warehouse
Heart of the City
Instruments Beyond Borders
Long and McQuade
MacDonald Elementary School
Outward Bound Canada
Pacific National Exhibition
Prussian Music

Seymour Elementary
Sing It Forward
Strathcona Community Centre
Strathcona Elementary School
Sunrise Produce
Templeton Secondary School
Traction on Demand
Trumps Fine Foods
Turning Point Ensemble – Composer’s Workshop
UBC Faculty of Education
UBC School of Music
Vancouver Academy of Music
Vancouver Moving Theatre
Vancouver Opera
Vancouver Recital Society
Vancouver Writers Exchange
Watson Advisors, Inc.

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