Whilst schools begin to wind down the 2016 year, 2017 is looking up for those in need of musical instruments for their students passionate about learning and playing.
Rural Aid, the charity responsible for over 3 million dollars in drought assistance through the Buy a Bale program is establishing a donation / refurbishment / redistribution program for pre loved musical instruments to meet a demand it has uncovered in schools not only in rural Australia but in our major cities. Called the “Gift of Music” the program will see Australians called to donate unused or in need of slight repair instruments they are no longer using that can then be redistributed to communities and schools who register their need.
Statistics show students involved in a music program perform better than non performers and the need for instruments is outstripping family and school budgets. According to Rural Aid CEO Charles Alder, “ the pressures on school budgets and the cost of instruments means many passionate students are going without and in turn, the whole school and communites are missing out from the joy of music. My children’s Brisbane based school has the same issues we’ve uncovered out west. There have to be thousands of violins, flutes, guitars and more in cupboards or under beds across Australia and we’re saying, let’s get these great resources in the hands of people keen to learn and play”.
Rural Aid coordinators working in their local communities uncovered the need after schools began accessing Rural Aid’s grant writing program asking for money for instruments. Staffed by volunteers, the grant team work 5 days a week writing grants for rural communities accessing funds across hundreds of grant pools to provide as much assistance to help rebuild community infrastructure and spirit after the recent drought.
Requests for instruments have been received from Cunnamulla to Calamvale and Geelong to Mt Isa. Donations of instruments in Brisbane can be made at The Charity Hub in Acacia Ridge. Details of other support methods and donation points can be viewed on our website. First deliveries of instruments will happen in late January or early February 2017.
Rural Aid Coordinators developing community needs programs
All Schools in need of instruments
Demand across all states
Estimated to be tens of thousands of instruments looking for new homes