In mid-2021, matched funds of $25.5k were secured from the DSS (NDIS Social and Community Participation Stream Grant), enabling activity to start in the Mildura, Sunraysia, Mallee region.
The GCM – Mildura, Sunraysia, Mallee (GCM-MSM) project is now underway with Kylie Livingston appointed as the Local Catalyst.
Aims of the Mildura, Sunraysia, Mallee Project
Working in partnership with individuals with diverse abilities and with other organizations in Mildura Rural City, Community Music Victoria (CMVic) proposes to:
- Develop and run a series of music leadership workshops for community music leaders and groups to be able to include people with diverse abilities in their groups. These workshops will be offered in person for those in Mildura and also online for other leaders from across the state.
- Develop and run a series of music leadership Professional Development workshops for community leaders unfamiliar with leading community music, including care and cultural workers.
- Develop resources and repertoire for use with groups that want to include people with diverse abilities incorporating values of equity and respect.
To stay up to date with upcoming events and opportunites in teh region connect with us through the Murray Mallee Music Makers Facebook Page.
Launch and Networking Event - save the date Saturday 7 May 4pm-6pm. Venue tbc
Make Music Day Bonfire on the Riverfront - details tbc
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