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What We Do

Music: Play for Life is Australia’s only national campaign that supports and inspires Australians everywhere, from all walks of life, to make music. It is an initiative of the Music Council of Australia, a registered charity and Australia’s peak music organisation. We build grassroots awareness of, and support for, the links between music and the benefits to individuals and society. Our programs include:

A national school music initiative which unites more than half a million school children across Australia in music, on the same day, at the same time, to highlight the importance of music education in the nation’s schools. It delivers training to primary school classroom teacher and drives music education into the media.

A national Music in Communities Network for community music groups and leaders to increase opportunities for musical participation across the Australian community and to help build social cohesion.

An online advocacy resource to help parents, teachers and school communities advocate for and support music in schools.

A national week-long series of music making events, organised by people in local communities at the grassroots to demonstrate the benefits of active music making in a range of settings, from nursing homes and hospitals, to shopping centres, workplaces and community halls.

National Award schemes for people and programs in schools and communities that start and sustain community music programs in metropolitan, rural and remote areas of Australia.

Online support services for parents, musicians and want-to-be musicians of all ages and abilities.





imc-award-smInternational win for campaign

Music: Play for Life was named Overall Winner of the latest International Music Council’s (IMC) Musical Rights Awards.

Find out more...


Music in Communities Awards 2012

Thank you to all the entrants in this year's 'Creative Ageing' themed Awards. There are 15 inspiring finalists. Read about them here. Winners announced later this month.

Australia's BIGGEST day out!

More than half a million young performers united in the same song, on the same day at the same time to help make the call for more music education in every Australian school. Find out what happened here.


Check out the Public Liability Insurance special offer available to community music makers through the Music in Communities Network. More

If, on the other hand, your school is just starting out on its musical
journey, or it needs a top up, check out our new More Music Toolkit where
you'll find lots of ideas to help start and improve music education in your
school. The ideas are from real schools - most of them former Flames
finalists - that have managed to find practical solutions to some of the
common challenges in providing lots of high quality music education.

NEW! If your school is just starting out on its musical journey, or it needs a top up, check out our 
More Music Toolkit.


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Most Aussie kids miss out on the benefits of a music education while at school.