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Convinced that music should be a right, not a privilege, the trustees of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation work to provide disadvantaged children with access to the world of music as a universal source of emotional expression and personal growth.
Research shows that playing music can significantly enhance a child’s mental development and intellectual wellbeing. In Australia, lack of funding means that 75 per cent of state schools offer no musical education. The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) was established in 2002 to provide instruments and music lessons for disadvantaged children in isolated areas, or attending schools with no existing musical resources.
Music offers young people new ways to express themselves and their emotions, channelling their energy and creativity. In the words of the ACMF, ‘playing an instrument really is good for the brain. It enhances reading and arithmetical ability, impacts positively on school results, and develops and enhances self-esteem.’ The Foundation’s programme benefits all children, however lively or withdrawn, academically able or alienated from learning at school.
Active throughout Australia, the ACMF reaches audiences traditionally unengaged with mainstream musical culture, including Aboriginal communities. The Foundation provides free, regular music lessons and makes musical instruments permanently available at partner institutions.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports the Foundation’s commitment to promote access to culture, and long-term social inclusion, for the least advantaged in Australian society.
The project was selected for support by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of the H³ programme: Head – heart – hand.