Tyler McGill was an avid guitar player and lover of music. In the summer of 2007, his life came to a tragic end as a result of a senseless act of random violence. Since then a dedicated group of family members and friends have hosted an annual fundraising event in Tyler ‘s name to support various community based music programs that assist at risk youth. In January of 2014 the idea to begin the Tyler McGill My First Guitar Program
was born. What began as an idea grew into the Tyler McGill My First Guitar Scholarship Program in partnership with YouthLink. That program has since garnered widespread support, particularly from TD Music Counts Foundation, allowing it to expand beyond guitars to include a range of musical instruments. It is now called the Tyler McGill Music Scholarship program.
Tyler McGill Memorial Benefit Concerts at Queen Victoria Pub in Scarborough provided funding for all of the early scholarships. To this day, each scholarship provides a deserving young person with an instrument and case, instruction book and 10 lessons to get started. The program works closely with program partners Long & McQuade Musical Instruments and Stephen Worrall of 4 The Music.
If you would like to support the Tyler McGill Music Scholarship Program you can make a donation of $400 to YouthLink which will fund one scholarship for a deserving young person.