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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

About us

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Imagine a world without music.

Playing music is one of the only activities that activates, 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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Don Spencer OAM

A message
from our Founder

“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. A world without a music education is now a real one. The Australian Children’s Music Foundation works to redress this. Since we started in 2002 we have grown into a national organisation that has delivered free weekly music lessons and instruments to many thousands of disadvantaged and Indigenous children in schools and juvenile justice centres every year, across Australia. Our strength and many successes lie in our passion and our commitment. Our programs are conducted on a regular basis – and all of our music specialists have forged long-term bonds in the schools and justice centres in which they teach. All our programs run for a minimum of three years, allowing real and lasting change to happen. We are continually growing, distributing more instruments and developing programs in urban, regional and remote communities right across the country. This year we plan to extend our reach, and develop our music therapy programs into a number of children’s hospitals. The ACMF faces a constant funding challenge as each program we deliver costs approximately $35,000 per year. Our sustainability is dependent on a patchwork of funding sources including corporate partners, private trusts and foundations, and individual benefactors. Every dollar donated, helps us to change young lives.”


Over 18 years, the ACMF has…

Provided over

Worth of Instruments

Delivered over

Free Music Lessons

Received over

Original Songs for our NSC

Imagine a world without music. Imagine a world without hope.

The ACMF provides both to disadvantaged children.

Many charities are devoted to children’s physical well-being.

We are devoted to their mental well-being.

ACMF music programs have the power to change young lives.

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

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.