Stage 1 of this exciting new project, generously funded by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, and led by Project Managers Jane Coker and Lyndal Chambers is approaching its conclusion.
This stage will create a proposal for a large-scale program to increase the number of Victorian community music leaders and support existing leaders, in many different settings, including necessary training programs, mentoring, and resourcing. To this end Jane and Lyndal have conducted community consultations in nine locations around the state, have consulted a wide range of community music makers, have researched how community music leadership is taught in different countries (see Lyndal's blog about an online course), and are in the process of bringing all this together in their report.
Some preliminary findings:
- Regional networking across different groups and models of community music making is valued and important (mutual support, human resources, new ideas/extensions). People valued getting together in their region and being recognised/ validated at a state level – being part of a movement.
- Some sort of local paid co-ordinator(s) with links to state and local government and other agencies would help to grow community music - we can't just rely on volunteers.
- Tailored mentoring and targeted leadership skill development (combined with networking) would be valuable in all areas consulted.
- Local Inclusive Arts events grow local identity.
This project goes to the heart of how CMVic goes about fulfilling it's mission. Many new fruitful partnerships have begun over the course of this first stage and we expect these to flourish and new ones to be established in the even more exciting next stage of enacting the program. See Deb Carveth's blog about the project.
We are in the process of applying to a range of governmental and philanthropic organisations for grants to fund the next stage of Growing Community Music (GCM). Many of those in local and state government and the commercial sector are unaware of what community music is and the power it has to strengthen communities. We are very grateful to the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust for their support of stage 1 and hope they and other major philanthropic organisations will see fit to support the next stages. We estimate that we need to raise $75,000 for each of 10 regions to get the next stage of GCM going.
While it is well established that participation in music making is a great way to bring people together, to strengthen communities, to improve individual and community health and well-being, it is not always obvious how to make this happen. The Growing Community Music project draws on CMVic's many years of experience in expanding participation in community music making through helping leaders acquire the many different skills needed to run inclusive community music groups as well as all the important research and consultation of the first stage. The GCM project has the potential to significantly improve the lives of thousands of Victorians in all areas of the state. We welcome all donations and assistance to get the next stage up and running. You can donate here. If you would like to be involved as a volunteer in this great project or would like to find out more, please contact us at CMVic central.
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