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All About The BPF

The Barry Penny Foundation is a not – for profit Alberta registered Society that gives the gift of music to children. We achieve this by gifting instruments and music lessons to children who otherwise would not have this opportunity. We are run by a group of friends and musicians who realize the importance and value of music in a childs life. Music can give children an outlet and is a form of expression. Learning music instills confidence and discipline which are skills a child will carry with them throughout life.

The Foundation was founded in 2013 and since that time has helped many families with instruments and lessons. The kids are enrolled in music schools throughout the Calgary area. We currently have fifteen kids taking lessons. After a child and family go through our initial screening they are awarded the instrument of their choice and ten lessons. We monitor their progress with the teacher and if the interest is there we continue on with funding for more lessons. A few of the kids have been in lessons for two years now and we are very proud of them and their accomplishments. The Foundation has assisted the Hull Foundation with instruments for some of their kids and for their music program. We have also donated instruments to The Magic of Christmas Charity who gifted them to kids in need at Christmas.

Annually we host our major fundraiser called an Evening of Music. We sell tickets, put on a dinner and have an evening of fun. The night includes local performers who donate their time and entertain us. The kids we have in lessons are also given the opportunity to perform for our guests. It is so nice to see the kids get a huge ovation from the audience and it gives them a tremendous boost of confidence. We also go to functions throughout the year with flyers to raise awareness of our group and to ask for donations. The Foundation receives donations of instruments from our musical contacts and we also do some instrument drives.

We are honored and proud to be a part of this process for deserving children however, we can’t do this alone. The cost to put a child through lessons for a year is great even after getting a break from the music schools. We thank you for considering helping us to attain our goals.

If you would like any further information about the Foundation please contact me at

I thank you sincerely for your consideration of support to The Barry Penny Foundation and look forward to hearing from you.

Gary Freeman
Barry Penny Foundation