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The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society has created Stóras na h-Òigridh (Treasures of Youth) a fund to ensure that cultural skills based on Gaelic traditions continue to flourish with the youth of Nova Scotia.

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support and assistance to up-and-coming Nova Scotia youth between the ages of five and twenty-one, who are keen to advance their skills in the Gaelic tradition including: fiddle, pipes, piano, language, storytelling, song, and step dance.

The Treasurers of Youth fund concept was inspired by the enthusiasm of the late Michael Anthony MacLean from Washabuck, Nova Scotia. It is with this enthusiasm in mind that disbursements supporting youth to better their fiddling skills will be issued under the name of Michael Anthony MacLean. Michael Anthony was a well-known fiddler who always had a keen interest in assisting youth to further their skills in playing traditional Cape Breton music, especially the fiddle. The fund has been ignited by the sales of Michael Anthony MacLean’s Good Boy M.A! CD. The intention is to develop an endowment fund, whereby the capital would not be used – rather only the annual earned income – which would then be awarded and disbursed to a successful applicant(s).

There’s a note for fundraising embedded in the “Complete the Tune” Campaign, supporters are being asked to buy one or more musical notes from “Michael Anthony MacLean’s Birthday” – a march composed by Lucy MacNeil. Sixteenth Notes are $50 each and the Treble clef is $5000.

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