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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› Yarra Ranges song swap01/Aug/2022Last week this bunch of lovely leaders came together to share songs and stories in a good ol’ fashioned CMVic song swap kinda way. It was a nourishing afternoon – lots of receiving – yes, of repertoire, but more importantly of each other’s company, voices and harmony... and of course, a lotta, lotta laughs! It was such a delight to have that instant harmony buzz of accessible songs. Thanks to Jess and Barb, who are members of CMVic's VicSings committee, for your initaitive. If you would like to organise a gathering in your area, let Nicki know and we can help promote it in the Singers Leaders Lounge, Shout! and through our networks!
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› Cello Teacher Vacancy27/Jun/2022Sophia Mundi Steiner and IB World School is seeking a cello tutor to join our music faculty in the thriving arts precinct of The Abbotsford Convent. The allocation is for approximately three days per week to start in Term 3 2022. We are looking for a tutor with the following…
› Companion Voices: singing for the end of life15/Jun/2022There are several singing groups in the US, UK and beyond which specialise in bringing songs of comfort to the dying. You may have heard of the Threshold Choir network in the US. Here in the UK we have Companion Voices founded by Judith Silver in 2014. I asked Judith…
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