ABOVE: Producer/Nimbus Co-Founder “GGGarth” Richardson

(Photo – Scott Alexander)

Committee members of the 9th annual Music Therapy Ride have announced that a percentage of the funds raised from this year’s ride will go to the Nimbus School of Recording Arts in order to build an in-house recording studio at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Co-founder of the Nimbus School of Recording Arts and legendary producer, Garth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers), is the visionary behind the project. His own daughter spent many years in Children’s Hospital, and in that time he has grown close to the cause of Music Therapy.

“We are grateful to the Vancouver Music Therapy Ride committee for helping us make this dream a reality”, says Richardson. Recording students from Nimbus will work with Music Therapists at the hospital to run the studio. “This is what Nimbus is about”, says Richardson, who is insistent on his students learning how to give back to their community.

This philanthropic approach has given cancer patient Megan McNeil the opportunity to create and record her own song, “Will To Survive”. A talented songwriter who has been fighting cancer since she was 16, Megan decided to record a track to lift the spirits of the other kids in the chemotherapy ward.

Now 19, her single, “Will To Survive” is available on iTunes, and the corresponding video is approaching 10,000 views on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9pHISnIj2Y&feature=player_embedded.

The song will be played on radio stations nationwide starting in September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

In addition to the recording studio at BC Children’s Hospital, the Music Therapy Ride is working with Nimbus to design mobile recording studios – “Band Wagon 1” and “Band Wagon 2” – which will allow Music Therapists to work with patients at their bedside.

The Music Therapy Ride is a charity motorcycle ride from Vancouver to Whistler designed to raise funds for community-based music therapy services in B.C. To date, it has raised over $350,000 for the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. Confirmed celebrities for this year’s ride include Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida – with more names to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The 9th annual Music Therapy Ride will take place on September 18th, 2010. All motorcycles and cars will roll out from the River Rock Casino and Resort at 9:30am.

For more information or to join the ride, please visit:

musictherapyride.org

READ OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GGGARTH IN ISSUE 9 OF ABORT

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