Grow the Music (GTM) is a creative Music and Arts program that deliver extensive workshops for Aboriginal and refugee communities across Australia.
Through music, film and performance, Grow the Music builds self-esteem and confidence in people of all ages.
Grow the Music are a dedicated group of music educators who spend 4 weeks at a time in Aboriginal communities and offer intensive sessions in music, playing in a band, drumming, singing, recording, making instruments from recycled materials, performance skills and individual tuition on all rock band instruments.
All of our programs culminate in a community concert, where participants get the opportunity to perform on stage, often for the first time.
Grow the Music have spent the last month making mad music in Wallaga Lake Koori Village thanks to the support of South East Arts NSW.
We have uncovered some mind blowing talent and the community has been invigorated, as they prepared over the last month for the concert held on the community grounds at the Wallaga Lake Koori village.
We were lucky to have special guest Neil Murray to grace the stage with songs from his new album and feature with local artists and bands, including upcoming artist Gabadoo who performed for the first time. Listen to Gabadoo now.
The surrounding communities of Bermagui and Narooma came out in their hundreds to show support and interest in the community of Wallaga Lake, their rich culture and musical talents. Read more here.
Professional filmmaker Dean Brosche has been part of the GTM Maningrida team and recently Wallaga Lake team, where he has made several short films. We are so proud to see one of these films ‘Mother Mountain Gulaga Mountain’ featured on ABC Open. Watch now.
We are proudly supported by Jetty Bunker Youth Service and STARTTS in our work with the youth in the Coffs Harbour area, many from refugee backgrounds. We are gearing up for a big concert on Human Rights Day – 10th December at the Cavenbah Centre, Coffs Harbour.
Grow the Music is piloting a program at Coffs Harbour Alternative Learning Centre, working with the talents kids and preparing them for a school performance.
Grow the Music has recently held workshops in the communities of Bellbrook and Bowraville with the Galambilla Roadshow. We really enjoyed meeting everyone in Nambucca Heads and Coffs Harbour during Naidoc Week!
Grow the Music has received donations of Instruments from far and wide, and would like to thank every one who has donated to the Programme. Your gift keeps on giving!
We have passed on many of these instruments to budding and talented young musicians who otherwise would not have access to real instruments.
Collection points in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong, and Coffs Harbour.