ABC NEWS STORY – New ACMF Bushfire Recovery Music Program

ABC NEWS STORY – New ACMF Bushfire Recovery Music Program

In late 2019, areas of Australia were devastated by unprecedented drought, and catastrophic fire conditions – causing tragic loss of life, property, and extreme grief.

The Australian Children’s Music Foundation offers its support to affected schools and communities.

The ACMF has in the past, offered 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.

Through our work, we have witnessed first-hand the way music has the power to uplift the spirits of those in need of solace and hope – not just for school children, but community members, young and old.

The ACMF operates in many schools in rural and regional areas. We recognise that such devastation can have severe emotional impact on its victims.

As a non-profit foundation, we offer the healing power of music, which in a practical and significant way – provides a sense of safety and community to those people whose land, buildings, homes, and broken spirits must be rebuilt. Music allows children to chance to healthily express their emotions, gain self confidence, and restore hope.


The ACMF have recently launched a new Bushfire Recovery Music Program (June 2020) in the fire-ravaged Wingham Brush Primary School, in the NSW Mid North-Coast.

Watch the FULL STORY on ABC News Sydney below. It is an uplifting story of how music brings healing to the trauma of a bushfire-affected school – featuring ACMF Founder: Don Spencer.