The Music for All grants program continued to assist people and organisations with their music making goals and achievements by announcing the recipients of Round 3 grants funding.
A variety of individuals were assisted by providing quality instruments to continue music study after leaving school where domestic situations challenged this goal, supporting those with disability an opportunity to be part of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra adaptive program this year, assisting worthy recipients to continue cello lessons from a professional to help genuine career aspirations.
In the community we supported organisations such as the Merri-bek City Band, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, in Initiating a program for local young musicians, focussed on skills development and involvement of young players within new and existing ensembles at the MCB band venue. The Treble F Singers from South Gippsland in Victoria, a mostly retired persons’ choir were supported with a grant of music stands for use at rehearsals and performances.
A small cache of Instruments was provided to the Pines School in SA to develop their school music program enabling additional students to learn an instrument and to grow school ensembles allowing current and future students to use and learn with the instruments. Another grant will assist to develop and implement a music festival in the Harbourside schools of area in Sydney inspiring students to play musical instruments in an ensemble setting while building relationships between the schools in the harbourside district.
For schools demonstrating need and development of their respective music programs, we replaced a flood damaged electric piano for Condong School in regional Queensland enabling their choir program to continue to flourish and Goodna State School’s (QLD) Instrumental Music Program, a multi-cultural school, benefitted from the donation of a flute, clarinet and bass guitar to help its music program. Mooroolbark College, Victoria was able to replace instruments over 20 years old, and no longer viable for repair, giving beginning students a better chance at success. The school has shown great commitment to the Band program by purchasing 24 instruments in the last 12 months and we were happy to assist some way with this. Sunshine College’s (Victoria) fledgling music programs enabling disadvantaged students to access music for the first time was supported with resources in the form of sheet music and books.
Music for All is grateful in acknowledging the support of the Phil Taylor Foundation, our principal donor and partner in being able to assist those demonstrating a genuine need of assistance to continue or indeed develop access to music and music education. We are also grateful to industry partners such as Size Music (SA), Fine Music (VIC), Ozwinds (VIC,), Mannys Music (VIC), Vivace Music (QLD), Piano City, (NSW) and suppliers Hal Leonard, Musical Merchandisers, Eastman Music, Fender and Yamaha for helping us source the instruments and equipment for this round.
The Music for All grants program is modest in scope at this point, and we hope to see it grow in the future. We encourage organisations that have not yet been successful in securing a grant so far to continue their interest in our grants process. We are limited as to the total funds we can allocate in each round and there were other worthy applications considered, but not successful this time round. We hope there are other opportunities as we announce future rounds.
Music for All Acknowledges the Phil Taylor Foundation and Pressroom Partners Philanthropy for the financial support of our grants program, without which it would not be possible.