Ways to Give

If you would like to join us on our journey, there are many ways in which you can support us.

One-Time Donation

You can make a donation over the internet through CanadaHelps or send us a Cheque.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

Cheques can be made payable to “The Big Sound” and mailed/delivered to:

El Sistema Grey Bruce (The Big Sound)

664 4th Ave. East

Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2N4


Monthly Giving

Our Monthly Giving Program is one of the easiest ways to show ongoing support for The Big Sound students. Set up your automatic monthly donations via CanadaHelps today!

Honour Someone Special

Honour someone special in your life by making a gift to The Big Sound in their name. Include a note in your online donation form, or indicate on your pledge form.

Corporate Sponsorship

By partnering with The Big Sound as a sponsor, your company can demonstrate a commitment to building stronger communities and visibly align itself with a movement that helps disadvantaged kids reach their full potential as engaged and responsible citizens. If your company is interested in sponsoring a student, ensemble, or centre, we would love to hear from you! For more information on becoming a sponsor, please get in touch!

Stocks, Securities & Gifts-In-Kind

A donation of publicly traded securities is one of the easiest and most effective ways to support The Big Sound. You may give stocks, bonds, futures and options, as well as shares in mutual funds and you will pay no tax on the capital gain. To make a gift of stocks & securities, please contact us.

Instrument Donations

We provide all of our students with musical instruments to learn on. A new violin or viola costs $500 and a new cello costs $1000. To help us reduce these costs, donate your unused or outgrown instruments. We need violins, violas, cellos, strings, and percussion instruments (tambourines, glockenspiels, xylophones, vibraphones, hand drums, djembes, drum sticks).

Not sure if your instrument is usable? Often times, it is more affordable to repair an instrument than it is to purchase a new one. We would still like to hear from you!

Host an Event

Hosting an event is a fun way to get involved in your community! Use your next concert, special event, party, garage sale, etc. as a way to fundraise for The Big Sound and raise awareness about the program. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting an event.

Circle of Friends

Encore Monthly donation Monthly donation
Fellow $100,000 $50,000
Partner $50,000 $25,000
Advocate $25,000 $10,000
Benefactor $10,000 $5,000
Patron $5,000 $1,000
Friend $1,000 Under $1000
Contributor $500 Under $100