Great Start Grant

Yamaha Great Start Grant

The Great Start Grant is an annual, by-application award of musical instruments and equipment, gifted to a school in order to get their music program off the ground.

It supports both Yamaha’s own education advocacy program ‘Off to a Great Start’ and the Australian Music Association’s national ambition to engage more young people in music making.

Why does Yamaha Music Australia award the grant?

Music is widely accepted as a valuable and meaningful part of a child’s education. Unfortunately in Australia, not every school offers continuous, sequential education in music.

By creating a national conversation around music programs, Yamaha’s goal is to get the important stakeholders within a school talking about how they can practically begin or expand their offering in music. In highlighting the journey of one school, a pathway is laid to inspire other schools.

With group music events proven to boost happiness levels, the Great Start Grant has the opportunity to foster positivity and social connections in a collaborative setting. As the largest instrument manufacturer in the world, Yamaha is in a position to lead a conversation around the value of making music.

Who is it for?

The grant is targeted at Australian schools in need of a helping hand to get their Music Performance Program off the ground.

Each year Yamaha looks for a school that has the passion and drive to promote quality music education but is lacking the equipment to get off to a great start.

“When programs such as Off to a Great Start are initiated by member companies like Yamaha Music Australia, it provides young people with the opportunity to have music as part of their education. In doing so, a significant step is taken toward creating the music makers of tomorrow.”

Rob Walker, Executive Officer of the Australian Music Association.

Previous Grant Recipients

2018 Grant Recipients Coomealla High School

2017 Grant Recipients: Apollo Bay P-12 College

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