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Current CMVic projects

As the peak body for community music in Victoria we partner with organisations that share our values and passion for participatory music-making to run or auspice projects across the state.

Growing Community Music

Our flagship project is Growing Community Music (GCM). Following an extensive research and consultation process (GCM1 – see GCM-Overview), GCM2 is implementing projects that stimulate a big upswing in community music engagement by establishing Local Action Teams of community music advocates, networkers, leaders and participants in regions with identified needs.

GCM is currenlty operating in two regions: GCM – Mildura Sunraysia Mallee and GCM – Outer Western Melbourne and will commence in Far East Gippsland in 2023.

For Our Future – Eco Arts Collaborations

The Eco Arts Culture Hub of the Phillip Island Conservation Society (PICS), supported by a grant from the Bass Coast Shire Council, is presenting For Our Future, an environmental program of Eco Arts events and activities for the Bass Coast community. It is underpinned by the practice of Deep Listening and is designed to inspire environmental stewardship in community, deepening our sense of connection with each other and the Living World. For Our Future brings together the Arts, Science and Culture and is intercultural, intergenerational and interdisciplinary. Visit the For Our Future website for more information.

Carnival of Treasures – Enliven Carlton

The streets of Carlton come alive with vibrant sounds of many cultures, as a constellation of musicians busk through the afternoon (from 1pm) before converging on Lincoln Square (from 4.30pm) for the GRAND FINALÉ street party, which includes a massed choir and composer Oscar Jimenez, to celebrate our collective creativity and become part of a new community arrangement of the song Melbourne. This event is presented by Casa Cultura and project partners: CIty of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria, La Mama Theatre, Community Music Victoria, A Voz Limpia, Melbourne Fringe, Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Make Music Day Australia 

CMVic is proud to be a foundation partner of Make Music Day Australia. Held annually on 21 June, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in a thousand cities and places across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all, celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts in many different locations and online. Make Music Day is presented in Australia by the Australian Music Association and the NAMM Foundation.

Singing for Inclusion

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 has partnered 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 initial phase of the project ran in collaboration with Creativity Australia and received grant funding from the R E Ross Trust.