Victorian Government Announces Funding to Schools for Musical Instruments

Musical Futures Delivers Business in Victoria

The Musical Futures program, initiated by AMA and assisted by the NAMM Foundation has been a catalyst in Victorian schools receiving grants of up to $5000 under Round One of the Musical Instrument Grants program.

Minister for Education, James Merlino has announced the 43 schools to receive grants that will purchase more than 270 pieces of musical equipment. The full list of schools is available here 

Instruments that will be purchased with the grants include 24 pianos and keyboards, 34 guitars, 14 drum kits, 13 ukuleles, 8 amplifiers, 7 xylophones, 6 glockenspiels and a range of classical instruments including two flutes, a violin, a cello, a trumpet and a trombone.

They will also be used to buy African, Koorie, and Tibetan instruments as well as up-to-date electronic music equipment including 8 amplifiers, 3 PA systems, 5 mixers, speakers, iPads and computer software.

The grants are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools program, which will also provide professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools can establish quality music programs. This training is delivered by Musical Futures Australia.

The Minister for Education James Merlino said “Research shows exposure to music education results in better results and better attendance. That’s why on top of providing more than 270 instruments to schools that need them, we are also bringing music lessons to every Victorian school so no child misses out.”

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