Don't stop the music
Instruments are expensive, and with such a huge variety of priorities in education (STEM topics, getting kids to be active, sustainability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures) it's easy for music to be pushed to the bottom of the list when funding is allocated.
Musica Viva is fighting back to promote the importance of music in classrooms with their Don't Stop the Music campaign, which they're running in conjunction with ABC TV and the Salvation Army.
According to Musica Viva's website:
The Don’t Stop the Music campaign will be spearheaded by a three-part documentary series, produced by ABC TV and Artemis Media, which follows one underprivileged Australian primary school’s journey to musical literacy.
Australian musician Guy Sebastian and music educator Dr Anita Collins feature in the series as music mentors and campaign ambassadors, working with the teachers and students to give them the tools to play instruments and sing. The series will go to air on ABC TV in November 2018 during the ABC’s ‘Ausmusic Month’ and is set to reach more than one million viewers.
“The effect of music on a child’s life is well researched and profound, yet music education in schools is often the domain of the privileged few. The series presents us with an amazing opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of music education and to get music into the hands of those kids who often miss out.” says Musica Viva’s Director of Education, Colette Vella
If you'd like to help out with the cause, Musica Viva is asking for cash donations as well as secondhand instruments, which will be collected through the Salvation Army as part of their Just Brass program.