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Yamaha’s 60K Great Start Grant – applications open

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Yamaha Music Australia’s Great Start Grant is a nationwide initiative with a very generous $60,000 worth of musical instruments, 3 days of specialised music training for students and teachers and a launch concert with internationally acclaimed composer, musician and comedian, Tim Minchin given to the winning school.

Now in its third year, the Great Start Grant will be searching for an Australian school which promotes quality music education but needs a helping hand to get their music programs running. Group music events boost happiness levels and the Great Start Grant provides the opportunity to foster positivity and social connections within school communities.

Yamaha Band and Orchestral Assistant Marketing Manager Mat Taylor said: “The Great Start Grant supports both Yamaha’s own education advocacy program ‘Off to a Great Start’ and the Australian Music Association’s national ambition to engage more young people in music making. Each year we search for a school that is enthusiastic about providing an impactful music program that inspires and motivates students.

“Our previous grant winners have gone on to create amazing learning opportunities for students. In partnership with the Australian Music Association, Yamaha continues to find new ways to engage local schools and assist them with developing innovative music programs for kids," he said.

“When programs such as Off to a Great Start are initiated by member companies like Yamaha Music Australia, it provides young people with the opportunity to have music as part of their education,” added Rob Walker, Executive Officer of the Australian Music Association.

The winner will receive:

  • $58,000 worth of Yamaha instruments — equivalent to 32 brand new Yamaha band instruments (with a further two schools receiving instruments worth over $1000)
  • Training from Dr Rob McWilliams —Yamaha’s Education Specialist
  • A launch concert at the winning school from Tim Minchin

Schools wishing to apply must complete the online application. Applications include submitting letters from the school principal, a relevant, full-time teacher and a parent whose child is currently attending the school.

Two finalists will also be selected and assessed by a panel of Yamaha music specialsits and a member of the Australian Music Association Executive Committee.

Applications close 16 March 2019. For full details and terms and conditions visit greatstartyamaha.com/2019grant.


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