Unison Benevolent Fund Announces Major Donations

 Unison Gathers Music Community at Revival to Share Good News

Toronto, Ontario – December 1, 2011 – The Unison Benevolent Fund brought together the Canadian music community earlier this week for a wonderful night full of good news and good cheer. Several hundred attendees were treated to a live performance by Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, LeE HARVeY OsMOND) as well as an update on Unison’s fundraising goals and projects.

Unison founders Catharine Saxberg and Jodie Ferneyhough took the opportunity to address their colleagues and explain the impetus behind the organization. Unison’s Executive Director, Sheila Hamilton was on hand to share some of the unique fundraising initiatives that have been held to support donations, for example, SOCAN recently undertook an office cleanup and raised over $2000. In addition to the generous donations already received from Slaight Music and Music Canada, Slaight’s Derrick Ross announced several major endowments, including:

Cassels Brock has come on board as Unison’s Founding Legal Patron with a donation of $25,000

Sander Shalinsky on behalf of Shalinksy & Company and EBA has also generously donated $25,000

Ralph James has made a personal donation of $10,000

The Human Resources departments of the major record labels (EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner) are working together to institute an employee payroll deduction contribution plan

LiveNation, SL Feldman and Associates and The Union Ltd. have all pledged their support as well.

The Unison Benevolent Fund – created and administered by the music community, for the music community is a registered charity established in 2010 and is designed to provide discreet relief to music community personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis.

Those who are interested in: learning more about the Unison Benevolent Fund, making a donation, finding out how to help the cause, or accessing Unison’s services are encouraged to visit www.unisonfund.ca and register. Although registration is not required for services, it will expedite the process should an emergency funding request be made, and will also allow Unison to keep registrants up to date on discounts and benefits on offer.

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