Applications Open For Yamaha's Great Start Grant

As the school year begins and the summer holidays draw to a close, parents become more involved in their child’s education. Yamaha Music Australia is giving back to kids with the launch of their annual Great Start Grant - a nationwide initiative that will see one school be awarded almost $60,000 worth of musical instruments, 3 days of specialised music training for students and teachers.

Now in its fourth year, the Great Start Grant will be searching for an Australian school with a passion and drive to promote quality music education but need a helping hand to get their music programs off the ground. With group music events proven to boost happiness levels, the Great Start Grant provides the opportunity to foster positivity and social connections within school communities.

Yamaha Marketing Manager Mat Taylor is excited to see schools from across Australia register and get involved in the program.

“Each year we search for a school that is enthusiastic about providing an impactful music program that inspires and motivates students, but don’t have the resources to support it.”

“Our previous grant winners have gone on to create amazing learning opportunities for students. In partnership with the Australian Music Association, Yamaha continues to find new ways to engage local schools and assist them with developing innovative music programs for kids,” says Mat.

The winner of the Great Start Grant will receive:

  • $60,000 worth of Yamaha instruments — equivalent to 32 brand new Yamaha band instruments (with a further 2 schools receiving instruments worth over $1000)
  • Training from industry experts
  • A launch concert in school

Schools wishing to apply must complete the online application. Applications include submitting letters from the school principal, a relevant, full-time teacher and a parent whose child is currently attending the school. For full details please visit the grant homepage.

Two finalists will also be selected and assessed by a panel featuring: Yamaha Staff Mat Taylor, Jaclyn Williams and Alex Yabsley as well as an independent member of the music education community.

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