Australia’s largest school-based music initiative, Music Australia’s Count Us In received a much-needed funding boost from the Federal Government.
The $450,000 funding extension to Count Us In will ensure over half a million students can participate in a formal music education experience this year.
Since its inception in 2015, Count Us In has been internationally recognised as the world’s largest music initiative.
Just last year, Count Us In gave half-a-million young people the opportunity to rehearse and perform the same song, united right across Australia.
Already a whopping 63 per cent of Aussie primary schools offer no classroom music education meaning many Aussie kids are missing out on the pivotal life skills music provides.
It’s been proven by Music Australia that music education plays a central role in raising student attendance, improving literacy and numeracy, teamwork, self-discipline and self-confidence.
The much-needed funding announcement will hopefully be the driver in pushing enthusiasm towards music to the forefront of Australian education.
Education Minister, Hon Dan Tehan MP said, ” the program provides professional support for music classes, which is particularly important for schools in socio-economic disadvantaged areas”.
Music Australia Chair Michael Smellie said, “the funding of Music: Count Us In for 2019, will significantly benefit hundreds of thousands of children.
“The impact will be most felt in those areas currently most disadvantaged in music resources, particularly in remote and regional Australia.”
Registrations for Music: Count Us In 2019 are available now, so what are you waiting for get your school involved by clicking here.