Monday, July 27, 2015

Doing Good Fondation d’entreprise Hermès - Australian Children’s Music Foundation

As we continue to review some of the good things that the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès helps make possible, here is a look at the Australian Children's Music Foundation.  All text and images are courtesy of Hermès and Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.  Photo credit copyright to ACMF.

© ACMF Courtesy of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

Australian Children’s Music Foundation

Access to music for disadvantaged children 
Convinced that music should be a right, not a privilege, the trustees of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation work to provide disadvantaged children with access to the world of music as a universal source of emotional expression and personal growth.
Research shows that playing music can significantly enhance a child’s mental development and intellectual well being. In Australia, lack of funding means that 75 per cent of state schools offer no musical education. The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) was established in 2002 to provide instruments and music lessons for disadvantaged children in isolated areas, or attending schools with no existing musical resources.
Music offers young people new ways to express themselves and their emotions, channelling their energy and creativity. In the words of the ACMF, ‘playing an instrument really is good for the brain. It enhances reading and arithmetical ability, impacts positively on school results, and develops and enhances self-esteem.’ The Foundation’s programme benefits all children, however lively or withdrawn, academically able or alienated from learning at school.
Active throughout Australia, the ACMF reaches audiences traditionally unengaged with mainstream musical culture, including Aboriginal communities. The Foundation provides free, regular music lessons and makes musical instruments permanently available at partner institutions. 
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports the Foundation’s commitment to promote access to culture, and long-term social inclusion, for the least advantaged in Australian society.
The project was selected for support by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of the H³ programme: Head – heart – hand.
Learn more about the Australian Children's Music Foundation here:

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