Eric & Shirley Charman Young Musicians Bursary Fund

Jane Butler McGregor, CEO of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) announced on September 17, 2019 that the Eric & Shirley Charman Young Musicians Bursary Fund has reached the $1,000,000 mark. The Bursary Fund was established to celebrate the 85th birthday of Victoria philanthropist Eric Charman and is held at the Victoria Foundation.

Awarded to musicians 25 years of age and under, the Eric & Shirley Charman Young Musicians Bursary Fund will ensure that any young person who wishes to experience music and requires financial assistance is able to pursue their musical dreams at the VCM.

“The Victoria Conservatory of Music is a centre of music education excellence, that has nurtured such great artists as Richard Margison, one of the world’s most critically-acclaimed opera singers, Jonathan Crow, Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony, and international violin sensations Nikki and Timmy Chooi, but it is also home to all students of any age and any ability who wish to discover music,” said Eric Charman. “As long term supporters of the VCM, we have had the opportunity to watch many young people mature into outstanding musicians and we are so proud to know that our Bursary Fund will help to ensure that music is accessible to students who need some financial support.”

Many of Eric and Shirley Charman’s closest friends and colleagues provided the initial donations to the Fund and, with the Victoria Foundation’s assistance, matching funding from the Canada Cultural Endowment Incentive Program was also secured. It was also announced today, that all donations received before October 31, 2019, will be eligible for the additional matching from the Canada Cultural Endowment Incentive Program.

“We are incredibly grateful to Eric and Shirley Charman, their friends and colleagues, for the support of this bursary fund,” said Jane Butler McGregor, CEO, Victoria Conservatory of Music. “These amazing gifts will allow generations of music students to experience the power of music at the VCM.”

About the Victoria Conservatory of Music:

Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music is one of Canada’s most innovative and progressive music schools. Its mission is to enrich lives through music in a thriving community accessible to all. The VCM is a Centre for Excellence and enjoyment of music through education, performance and music therapy, serving its community of over 3700 students and music therapy clients of all ages, through six outstanding program areas: The Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music; The Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music; the School of Music Technology and Creativity; and the departments of Postsecondary Studies, Music Therapy, and Early Childhood Music. VCM’s Music Outreach initiatives further enrich the lives of over 1000 children in day-cares, preschools, and Elementary schools throughout the Greater Victoria Area. The VCM is a Non-Profit organization located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. For more information visit us online at:

Supporting the Fund:

You can support the Fund by cash, cheque, credit card, or online through CanadaHelps (below). For information about giving publicly listed securities, or to donate by credit card, please call the Victoria Foundation at 250.381.5532.