SUPPORTING BUSHFIRE-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES

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SUPPORTING DISASTER-AFFECTED SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES

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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.

We commend the efforts of every fire fighter, volunteer, and community member who has lent a hand to victims of these natural disasters.

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.

If your school has been affected by the recent fire disasters, you can contact the ACMF to discuss what support may be available.

Schools can register their interest in the ACMF delivering either instruments and/or music programs to help support the children and community emotionally and psychologically in the new year.

CLICK HERE TO ENQUIRE.

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:

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2019 Prizes

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APRA AMCOS Young Songwriter of the Year

$5000 towards musical equipment or tuition for the best songwriter in 2019.

Songwriting School of the Year

$5000 towards musical equipment or resources for the best School entry in 2019.

All entries, years 4 to 12

Allan Kendall Award $1,500. This special judges discretionary prize will be awarded for the most creative and original composition of the 2019 Competition.

Year Groups (prizes available to both School entries and Independant entries):

PRIZES – value of instruments or musical tuition

School Year

Music Genre

1st

2nd

3rd

YRS 11+12

All

$2,500

$1,500

$1000

YRS 7 to 10

All

$1,500

$1,000

$700

YRS 4 to 6

All

$1,000

$800

$500

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“We have to encourage creativity in children. The current education system inhibits creativity – how else will children dream and blossom, if not through creativity? Songwriting is a vital form of self-expression. Songwriting has stopped children self-harming. It has allowed them to speak about abuse and trauma. It has allowed them to express love and forgiveness. It can increase literacy. It can promote understanding.  This competition encourages every child, in every Australian state and territory to explore and create in such a positive way. It’s very important to the work of the ACMF, and me in particular.” Don Spencer, ACMF CEO and Founder.

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The ACMF National Songwriting Competition Is Supported By:

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Choir was perfect for this insecure little girl, who could hide amongst the other children and sing to her heart’s delight. At home, her family noticed that tantrums and tears were beginning to be replaced by smiles and singing.

Jamie embraced the choir, drumming, and music-making activities that the ACMF provided. She was exposed to new musical instruments, and when the Australian Chamber Orchestra partnered with the ACMF to provide a strings program at the school, Jamie was selected to join. Previous distracted behaviour was replaced with complete focus, and her confidence and self-esteem soared.

ACMF music programs have brought happiness and hope into the life of this little girl and her family. A disciplined outlook, and a strong sense of self-worth have been instilled as a result of the ACMF and the wonderful donors who contributed to these programs.

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N.B. Child’s *name has been changed.

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