1. The promoter is: Yamaha Music Australia Pty Ltd (YMA), whose registered office is at 80 Market St, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

2. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to apply for this grant.

3. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

4. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the grant and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God, or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation, any other event outside of the promoter's control or for any reason.

5. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this grant.

6. No cash alternative to the grant will be offered. The grant items are not transferable. grant items are subject to availability, and we reserve the right to substitute any item with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

7. By entering a submission for this grant, an entrant indicates his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

8. The grant and these terms and conditions are governed by Australian law, and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of Australia's courts.

9. Submitting an application to the grant will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

10. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social network. You are providing your information to Yamaha Music Australia and their selection panel and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the privacy policy found at

11. Applications must be received between January 27, 2023, and April 6, 2023 (via Winners will be notified by May 12, 2023

12. Applicants must make themselves available for an interview between April 6, 2023, and May 1, 2023, by YMA if requested and identified as a top 5 applicant. If the applicant is not available, they will no longer be eligible to receive the grant.

13. Only Australian Accredited primary or secondary schools can apply for and be the grant recipient.

14. The recipient school will be chosen by YMA according to the selection panel selection criteria.

YMA will supply one of the following packages free of charge to the recipient school:

  1. Package A
    1. I. Products listed in 'Schedule 1' free of charge (Wind Band Program).
    2. II. 3 days of professional training with Dr. Rob McWilliams at a time to be determined by YMA.
  2. Package B:
    1. I. Products listed in 'Schedule 2' free of charge (Contemporary Music Program).
    2. II. 3 days of professional training with an education specialist at a time to be determined by YMA.

15. YMA will supply Yamaha Products to the value of $2000 RRP free of charge to a further 2 finalist schools.

16. All freight costs relating to the delivery of the grant will be covered by YMA. The grant will be delivered to the recipient school by a carrier of YMA choosing.

17. The recipient school must not sell the instruments received for a minimum period of 5 years; if the school sells any instrument from the grant during this period, YMA reserves the right to charge the school for the instrument's cost.

18. Fraudulent or misleading information in the application will deem the school disqualified from consideration. If the recipient school is found to have misled YMA, they will be charged the instruments' wholesale cost.

19. The recipient school must show intentions to make use of the gear provided, or Yamaha Music Australia may award the grant to another school.

20. If circumstances change significantly between awarding the grant and receiving the equipment, Yamaha Music Australia may revoke the grant.

21. The recipient school must accept all of the grant as set out in Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 individually.

22. The recipient school will be decided by the selection panel at their discretion by assessing the school's application against the selection criteria. The selection panel selection process will be final and confidential. No correspondence will be entered into about the decision.

23. A representative of the recipient school must participate in an interview for YMA; this may be filmed or recorded and used in a promotion such as (including but not limited to) print, digital, and video marketing. If the applicant is not available, they will be excluded from the grant.

24. The recipient school will allow YMA to use their name as grant's recipient in promotion, such as (including but not limited to) print, digital, and video marketing.

25. The recipient school will allow YMA to photograph the professional training with Dr. Rob McWilliams or another education specialist, and use it in a promotion such as (including but not limited to) print, digital, and video marketing.

26. The recipient school will provide YMA with the support and resource to gain parental approval for images of grant items within the school. These images will be used for the promotion of YMA in a reasonable manner such as (including but not limited to) print, digital, and video marketing.


Selection Panel

The YMA appointment group who will decide which applicant school will be the recipient school. This panel will include at least one independent member who is not employed by YMA


A school which is recognized by the Australian government as a lawful education primary or secondary institution


Either of option 1 or 2:

1) Products listed in Schedule 1, 3 days of professional training with Dr. Rob McWilliams


2) Products listed in Schedule 2, 3 days of professional training with an education specialist


In the selection panel opinion, the applicant schools will be evaluated on how the school community demonstrates they will benefit from the Great Start Grant and the commitment to staff and space resources to support a band program.

The selection panel will take into account the following criteria relevant to an instrumental music program when choosing a school:

1. Quality of commitment from the entire school community - A strong application will include examples of commitment from not only the music staff, but school leadership, other teaching staff, students, families and even linked communities external to the school (feeder schools, local community ensembles, council etc)

2. Ability to form a clear short, medium, and long-term vision - A successful music program is not developed in a year. A successful application will show a good understanding of what a music program may face in the first years (such as a structured recruitment process, budgeting for purchases such as method books and music stands) as well as the 3-5 year plan (such as acknowledging the need for extended budgets for expansion of the program to include additional instruments, and plans for retention of students).

3. Space resources - Applications must show that the school has adequate space for the preferred music program, such as a room fit for safely rehearsing a 30 piece concert band, or a hall appropriate for the performance of amplified music, as well as safe storage space for the gear provided.

4. Staffing - A music program is only as strong as its staff, and a successful application must show that the school has staff with the knowledge and passion to be able to implement a music program. This applies to staff across all levels of the school.

5. Willingness to regularly partake in professional development - We are lucky in Australia to have a thriving community of music educators, and a successful school music program will show a willingness for staff to continue to grow with our greater community of music educators.

6. Viable student numbers - A successful application will show they the school has a number of students that will allow the program a good level of success.


Schools will need to provide the following via the Great Start Grant application form on our website ( to be considered:

1. Representative contact details and position/relationship to the school

2. Outline the current curricular and co-curricular music activities in the school if any (e.g., student numbers, instruments if applicable, staffing, location(s), etc.)

3. A letter from the principal demonstrating how this grant would benefit their school. This letter should include a statement showing a willingness to support the program with staffing, space, and other necessary resources.

4. A letter from a full-time teacher at the school outlining how the school would implement and coordinate a band program.

5. A letter from a parent outlining how this grant would benefit their child's school and outlining the support that the greater school community could offer the music program.

6. Any other relevant material in support of the application.

A 'Top 3' will be chosen from this and assessed by a panel led by Leigh Olson from the Yamaha Education Outreach Program and including an independent member of the music community. A school will be chosen by the panel to receive the Grant, and a further 2 schools will be chosen to receive a consolation grant of $2000 RRP Yamaha product.


To be received in full

Product Product Type Quantity
YCL255ID Bb Clarinet 5
YFL212ID Flute 3
YAS26ID Alto Saxophone 2
YTS26ID Tenor Saxophone 1
YCL221II Bass Clarinet 1
YHR314II French Horn 2
YTR2330/CN Bb Trumpet 4
YSL154/CN Trombone 3
YEP201S Euphonium 1
YBB105S Bb Tuba 1
PSRE373 Keyboard 1
RB-108 Bass Amp 1
CB7028SET Concert Bass Drum 1
CSM1450AII Concert Snare 1
SS745A Snare Stand 1
YG250D Glockenspiel 1
KXSA6T Keyboard Stand 2
0001701416 Crash Cymbal 1
CS755 Cymbal Stand 1
Vater 7A Drum Sticks 1
Vater VMT3 Timpani Mallets 1
Vater CEXB20MS Xylophone Mallets 1


Can be adapted to suit individual school's programs, in consultation with a Yamaha specialist

Product Product Type Quantity
SCB20PST Stage Custom Birch Drum Kit (Cymbals, Hihat, Kick Pedal, Stool) 1
DTX6K3-X Electronic Drum Kit 1
AC1R Acoustic Electric Guitar 1
NTX1 Nylon acoustic Electric Guitar 1
BB434 Bass Guitar 1
Pacifica 612VIIX Electric Guitar 1
Revstar RS502T Electric Guitar 1
P125AB Digital Piano 1
MODX8+ Synthesizer 1
RB-210 Bass Amp 1
DHR12M Stage Monitor 2
STAGEPAS 1K mkII PA system 2
THR10II Desktop Guitar Amp 2
CATALYST-60 Guitar Amp 1
TF1 Digital Mixing Console 2
HPH-MT8 Studio Headphones 2
HS7 Studio Monitor Speakers 2
UR22C-RPACK Audio Interface Recording Pack 1
Cubase Pro 12 - Education Edition Digital Audio Workstation 1
Dorico 4 - Education Edition Notation Software 1
EAD10 Electronic Acoustic Drum Module 1
Macbook Pro Laptop Computer 1
Dynamic Vocal Microphone 3
30ft Microphone Cable 6
DI Box 2
Instrument Stand 4
6 Metre Instrument Cable 5
Microphone Stand 3
Speaker Stand 2
Bass Amp Cover 2
TS01S Practice Pad with Stand 6
KXA6T Double Braced Keyboard Stand 2
Drum Stick Bag 1
Vater Drum Sticks 6
Vater Wire Brushes 1
Vater Spash Sticks 1
Vater Whip Drum Sticks/Brushes 1
Vater Timpani Mallet 1