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Community Music Victoria believes that everyone has the need, right and capacity to make music

Making music together can be a fantastically joyful experience with profound potential to enhance many individual and community capacities. Society should actively encourage, facilitate and promote music-making among its citizens and their children because: 

  • making music together is the foundation of social connection.
  • music carries our culture - our memories, stories, identities, values and hopes.
  • when people lose their music they lose their voice, and often their sense of connection to the society in which they live.
  • when people make music together they transcend the differences between them.
  • through music we can restore the practices of the everyday arts which fulfill the basic human needs for free and creative expression, connectedness and participation. Music-making is an everyday art which does this, particularly in groups.
  • making music together creates a crucible in which people can experience and productively channel the synergy which results from collaborative effort.

Underpinning these beliefs, Community Music Victoria is guided by a set of values that are explicit in everything we do: our workshops and publications, events and relationships. They are constantly re-visited and negotiable. They are captured in the following words:

  • creativity
  • empowerment
  • generosity
  • inclusivity
  • integrity
  • joy
  • leadership
  • participation

It is our values that have inspired people to participate in our singing and music leadership programs and to express the feeling that they have “come home” when they get together.