- Singing from Country
- Sing English
- 4M - Making Marimbas Making Music
- Singing for Inclusion
- Sing Yarra Ranges
- Voices of Peace - Assyrian Women's Choir
- Victoria Sings
- Victoria Makes Music (VMM)
StreetSounds is a major project that resulted from the Victoria Makes Music Program. It started in December 2014 with the help of funding from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the R E Ross Trust. By July 2017 the project has established over 10 new 'street' bands' in Victoria, culminating in a fabulous Street Band Festival bringing entertainment to the streets of Geelong and contributing music and fun to the Geelong After Dark Festival. The project runs from December 2014 to December 2017.
The objective of the 4M project is to create new opportunities for individuals to become involved for the first time in group music making. Activities will be focussed around both the construction and playing of marimbas which have been shown through previous activities to be particularly appealing to both men and women of all ages, including those who have had very little music playing experience in the past. The project has received grant funding from Australian Unity and runs from June 2015 to June 2016.
Conductors/singing leaders are the backbone and inspirational leaders of community singing groups. The best singing Leaders have a rare skill that encompasses professional artist, social worker, leader and administrator. The ongoing development and sustainability of singing programs are constrained by the limited number of such suitably skilled facilitators. CMVic is partnering with Creativity Australia to develop a singing leader development program to run over 12 months and include intensive Master Classes, workshops and mentoring. It is the start of a plan to develop the community singing leaders so that more programs supporting disadvantage and community building can be established. The project will run in collaboration with Creativity Australia and has received grant funding from the R E Ross Trust. Applications for the Singing for Inclusion training course are now open here.
Sing Yarra Ranges is a project initiated by a group of singing leaders in the Dandenongs and Yarra Ranges to establish the Yarra Ranges Singers Leaders Network. The project will provide professional development workshop days for members of the network, run a series of seasonal community singing events, and a public workshop and massed performance at the Healesville Music Festival in November 2016.
Sing Yarra Ranges is funded by the Shire of Yarra Ranges through their community development grants program.
This project aims to empower recently arrived and settled refugees from Assyrian Chaldean background to establish a Women's Choir. Singing together can heal and builds connection and reduces the pain of dislocation and loss from the persecution they have suffered.Singing can strengthen connection to each other and promotes the Chaldean language. This will be project supported by a partnership between Community Music Victoria and Foundation House achieved through leadership training,and providing and developing resources and opportunities for wider social connection.
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Victoria Sings is an ongoing state-wide initiative designed to weave community singing into the cultural fabric of Victoria. The work is based on the knowledge that singing together is an effective way to develop and sustain social connection. Our major strategy is to nurture and support singing leadership within communities. The key outcome of this initiative has been, and will continue to be, the emergence and growth of a state-wide network of independent, self-sustaining and re-generative singing circles which are engaged with their communities, welcome newcomers, nurture their participants, are proudly diverse.
The ‘Victoria Makes Music’ (VMM) program was established in 2011 to promote and encourage community-based instrumental music making throughout Victoria. The first phase of the program was funded by the Ian Potter Foundation and by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, and was completed in 2013. The project supported instrumental music making by promoting existing groups and leaders, by providing support and networking opportunities, and by running music leadership workshops and events for groups and individuals interested in beginning instrumental groups. The second phase of the program has been StreetSounds, a three-year project funded by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the RE Ross Trust; this began in December 2014 and culminated in the StreetSounds Festival held in conjunction with Geelong After Dark in May 2017.