The Power of music should never be underestimated.

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“The music department is an alternate universe where pupils are often unrecognisable from who they are outside of it. The shy become confident. The agitated become calm. The lonely become included. The quiet become heard and the lost become found. Music reveals the real child.”

– Vaughan Fleischfresser


Imagine a world without music.

Playing music is one of the only activities that stimulates, and utilises the entire brain.

Despite its many cognitive, emotional, and behavioural benefits for children – the majority of Australian public school students do not have access to a specialist music teacher.

In 2002, singer-songwriter and popular children’s entertainer, Don Spencer, OAM, founded the Australian Children’s Music Foundation with a mission to change that.

The ACMF believes that EVERY CHILD deserves access to a life-changing music education.

Latest News

The ACMF are proud to have partnered with the Cirt2Surf 2022 and would love for you to join us on August 14, on a day the brings 80,000+ people together from all walks of life to run, jog, walk or stroll the iconic 14km course from Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach. Save the date for […]

The Australian Children’s Music Foundation is excited to announce the commencement of its ‘Music for Hope’ project supporting the Kempsey community, whose 30,000 residents were among those worst affected by the 2019 – 2020 devastating bushfires.  The announcement made by the Australian Government that the Australian Children’s Music Foundation will receive significant funding as part of the Black Summer Bushfire Grants Recovery program has been a welcome one.    “The […]

ACMF CEO Don Spencer OAM, has been chosen by Gunnedah artist Belinda Sims to take part in a sitting for her entry into the Archibald Prize 2023. Though Belinda has been painting her whole life, she only started professionally in 2018 and has instinctively steered toward portraits, with Don’s being much anticipated. As someone who […]

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Our music programs and initiatives

All across Australia, disadvantaged children and youth engage in free, long-term music programs presented by our specialist teachers. READ MORE about Schools >>

We believe that it is critical to create an outlet for youth in detention to express themselves in a positive way. READ MORE about JJCs >>

Children in hospital benefit immensely from the opportunity to engage in music lessons, presented by our specialist teachers. READ MORE about Music Therapy >>

The ACMF offers support in response to crisis situations (such as droughts and fires) – most notably in the aftermath of the Victorian Bushfires of 2009, which left many schools ravaged and desolate. Some schools went on to become long-term beneficiaries of ACMF music programs and instruments. READ MORE about Crisis Support >>

Every year, students from across Australia are invited to put pen to paper and enter their original song/s in to our annual National Songwriting Competition. READ MORE about the Competition >>

As part of its fundraising efforts, the ACMF is developing music education resource packs that contain lesson plans, activities and ideas that are available for purchase. FIND RESOURCES here >>


ACMF Founder

Don Spencer OAM

“I’ve seen firsthand, time and time again, how music sparks creativity and imagination. Music underpins the resilience and determination that many Australian kids need to overcome the challenges that life throws at them. The power of music can never be underestimated. READ MORE>>

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Music for mental health

If you believe in the power of music, you believe in the work that we do.

Many charities are devoted to the  physical wellbeing of children.

The ACMF’s focus is on children’s    emotional and mental well-being –  through the joy and hope found in  music.

 ACMF music programs have the  power to change young lives.

Engagement in music programs:

Enhances fine motor skills.

Boosts literacy & language.

Fosters superior memory.

Builds trust and teamwork.

Builds confidence & resilience.

Research has proven the importance of music education.

Help us change young lives through music.

Acknowledgement of country

"We acknowledge that we are located on the lands of the Cammeraygal people. The Cammeraygal are the traditional custodians of this land and are part of the greater Eora Nation. We pay our respects to past, present and future ancestors of the Aboriginal nations."