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Main slide Donate Now The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) provides free, long term music programs and instruments to disadvantaged and Indigenous children across Australia, that inspire creativity, bring joy and hope, and achieve positive educational and behavioural outcomes. Changing
Young Lives
Through Music


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.

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National Songwriting Competition 2021

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"A love of music"

"If we can't nurture a love of music, we are doing children a disservice... Just about every child in school would love a music lesson. That balance of creative and academic is what education should be about"

“Playing an instrument"

"Playing an instrument expands a child’s creativity and imagination, building positive neural pathways"

“Expression and regulation”

"Children with trauma use music as a form of expression and regulation"

“Music Concepts”

"Music concepts such as rhythm, beat-counting and song-writing influences students' ability to better deal with Maths and English lessons"

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Latest News

Throughout lockdown the ACMF has worked to find ways to bring children at home together through music, creating activities to reconnect students and community – hence the idea of the virtual choir singing ‘I am Australian’ was born. We share a dream to sing with one voice – The bringing together of the children at […]

Throughout hospitalisation, children are given activities involving music as therapy as a way to distract and to lighten & brighten their stay. One of the activities the ACMF have come up with is the ‘Ukulele Project.’ At this difficult and busy time, the Music Therapy team at Sydney Children’s Hospital have implemented the ‘Build it […]

The ACMF’s incredible teachers have been working hard to  bring specialised music lessons to some the kids currently in lockdown in NSW. Our aim is always to inspire creativity, imagination, to support emotional wellbeing and of course, to have fun! This week one of our wonderful teachers Rachel, was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald […]

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.