Cash donations generated from the Don’t Stop The Music campaign, including from tickets sales for New Year’s Eve concert, will be split 50/50 between Musica Viva and the Salvation Army’s music charity Just Brass.
Musica Viva Australia (MVA) is a not-for-profit organisation whose core business consists of two programs: a world class concert series, touring distinguished chamber music groups to Australia, and Musica Viva In Schools (MVIS), a music education program for primary and secondary students. MVIS is the largest independent provider of school music education in the country, reaching over 280,000 Australian students each year with its comprehensive music education offerings. Founded in 1945 by Richard Goldner, Musica Viva is Australia's oldest independent professional performing arts organisation.
The Musica Viva In Schools program was established in 1981 and reaches every state and territory in Australia with high quality, curriculum-aligned programs that allow teachers and students to achieve the best music education outcomes possible. In addition to a compelling experience of live music for students, MVIS provides professional development and quality classroom resources for teachers, ensuring they have the skills, inspiration and confidence to teach music throughout the year.
MVIS increases access to and enjoyment of music for students in regional and remote areas. MVIS also reaches niche areas of need in the Australian music education landscape through a suite of programs including: an Equal Music Program; the youth-at-risk program, a music performance and mentoring program for youth in detention centres and low socioeconomic schools; and extended residencies for disadvantaged or special needs students.
Just Brass is an initiative of The Salvation Army. Just Brass, founded by brothers John and David Collinson of The Salvation Army, is a program which aims to transform young lives through music. Its vision is to offer free music lessons to disadvantaged children and to care and value them in ongoing group music lessons, helping them become young leaders, excelling in all areas of their lives.
Music classes are provided, generally in grade three and four where students are taught to read music, lead sections and perform in public. The program is about giving kids a sense of belonging and teamwork and a place where they can feel valued. Part of the joy of working with the children is seeing their excitement when they are given an instrument to look after. The children also receive music and a Just Brass T-shirt. All activities are free including transportation and afternoon snacks before commencing lessons.
The Just Brass program was started in 2010 in Geelong Victoria when John and David reached out to the local community with the skills they had—playing brass instruments. The program is now active in 18 locations across Australia and is growing rapidly.
How schools are selected and how funds are used:
100% of DSTM cash donations will support Musica Viva’s “Equal Music Subsidy Program,” which offsets the cost of delivering MV’s Musica Viva in Schools program in low-ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) (< 1,000) schools.
Further information: https://musicaviva.com.au/education/mvis/
100% of cash donations will support The Salvation Army’s Just Brass program, which is delivered to low SES schools that would not otherwise receive a music education.
Further Information: https://www.sarmy.org.au/Templates/Pages/Minisite/ContentPage.aspx?id=89511