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Community Music Victoria

Contact

Name: John Howard

Position: Administrative and Financial Coordinator

Email: info@cmvic.org.au

Address

Ross House 247 Flinders Lane

Melbourne

Melbourne 3000

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Our Mission / Objective

CMVic’s vision is for high quality participatory music-making experiences to be available to all Victorians, and our mission is to facilitate the development of the skills, opportunities and networks necessary to bring this about. We pursue these ideas because collaborative music-making has a proven capacity to promote social connectedness, results in profound benefits to individual and community health and wellbeing, and is one of the most effective entry points into musical creativity.

Our 2017-20 Strategic Plan identifies four major goals:

Participation – To draw substantial numbers of new participants and artists into community music making, focusing particularly on younger people, marginalised groups, remote Victorian communities, and those completely new to music-making.

Advocacy – To be a powerful and trusted advocate for community music, fostering understanding of the value of music making in daily life, establishing participatory music making as a common element of arts organisations’ strategies and a valued part of community health programs.

Leadership – To support existing music leaders, and significantly increase the number of great community music leaders with the ability and credibility to sustain and support music/singing groups and activities, initiate new ones, and bring creative approaches to securing funding to make their projects independently sustainable.

Sustainability – To build on CMVic’s proud history as a leading organisation for participatory music-making in Victoria, increasing our long term sustainability with diverse funding streams, a substantial and engaged membership, and a strong core team delivering our goals.

Our Services

Leadership Skills, Mentorship and Support

CMVic has developed a network of experienced music and workshop leaders, and has gathered a body of knowledge about leadership skills. We pass this on by providing:

  • support to music groups who are just starting up
  • mentorship to music leaders
  • a variety of events aimed at developing leadership skill

 

Events

In collaboration with our partners, CMVic organises a wide range of events for people of all musical abilities. These events:

  • provide an opportunity for everyone to play music in a secure and friendly environment
  • support existing singing or music groups and their leaders
  • provide an opportunity for everyone to play music in a secure and friendly environment
  • support existing singing or music groups and their leaders
  • encourage new leaders to start new groups
  • provide the opportunity for sharing repertoire and leadership skills

 

Publications and Resources

CMVic puts together a number of regular publications and makes available various musical resources (scores and mp3 recordings) for all types of singing or music groups. Some of our publications are available at no cost whilst others you can purchase from our online store.

Networking

CMVic helps musicians and music groups get to know each and share their ideas, skills, and music. We encourage this through the events we organise (also listed at the bottom of this page), and through this website which hosts a range of networking opportunities.

For an example of the work we do, watch this YouTube clip, which features CMVic as one of the partners of Raising the Roof – where vocal and instrumental ensembles from across Victoria came together to celebrate the New Hamer Hall in a music-making event on a grand scale (2013).

Funded Programs and Projects

CMVic works with partners to develop focused programs and projects, and frequently seeks funding from relevant arts and philanthropic organisations. Further details of these can be found here.

Our Beneficiaries

There’s nothing wrong with concert-going, CD buying and downloads, but it’s through actively making music that the most profound joys and fulfillment can be found. Music-making needs no audience. In fact, it is the participants rather than the listeners who reap the most significant benefits.

People who engage and benefit from our work include:

  • ordinary people looking for opportunities to make music with others – both singing and instrumental
  • community music group leaders and people wanting to know more about setting up a community music group
  • music teachers who want to find opportunities for their pupils to play music with others
  • organisations who want to promote the physical and mental well being benefits of participatory music making

Projects in Progress

Some of our key projects are listed below:

Singing from Country

‘Singing from Country’ is an innovative project which aims to inspire songwriters, community choirs and other community members to appreciate and celebrate Country. Many Victorians are street-wise but not land-literate. Music can communicate love for land, deepen knowledge of country and strengthen community. The project will link songwriters and community to Aboriginal knowledge-holders, naturalists and ecologists through workshops and a celebratory concert. From this will come songs that help reconnect people to place. Recordings will provide a resource for choirs and a video will document the project, which is a pilot for a statewide project. The project will run in collaboration with VACL (Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages) and Connecting Country, and has received grant funding from Regional Arts Victoria. The project will commence early in 2016. See more about Singing from Country here

Sing English

Sing English will build the foundations of a locally delivered professional development program for EAL (English as an Additional Language) teachers and multicultural playgroup leaders in Greater Shepparton, focusing on singing as a teaching tool. The main activities will include: devising and delivering a training program to 12 project leaders from the 3 EAL sectors (schools, GoTAFE and South Shepparton Community Centre), Kildonan Uniting Care’s Multicultural Playgroup and Asylum Seekers group and the broader community; gathering evaluation data on current use of song in English language teaching; and setting up a program of skills workshops for teachers. The project will run in collaboration with the Urban Lyrebirds and has received fgrant frunding from the Ethnic Council of Shepparton. It will commence during 2016.

StreetSounds

StreetSounds is a major project that resulted from the Victoria Makes Music Program and it started in January 2015 with the help of funding from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the R E Ross Trust.  The project aims to create at least 10 new ‘street’ bands’ in Victoria by 2017, culminating in a fabulous Street Band Festival bringing entertainment to the streets of one of our major cities.  The project will run from Dec 2014 to Dec 2017 – find out more about StreetSounds here.

4M (Making Marimbas Making Music)

The objective of the 4M project is to create new opportunities for individuals to become involved for the first time in group music making. Activities will be focussed around both the construction and playing of marimbas which have been shown through previous activities to be particularly appealing to both men and women of all ages, including those who have had very little music playing experience in the past.  The project has received grant funding from Australian Unity and runs from June 2015 to June 2016.

Creating Inspiring Community Singing Leaders

Conductors/singing leaders are the backbone and inspirational leaders of community singing groups.  The best singing Leaders have a rare skill that encompasses professional artist, social worker, leader and administrator. The ongoing development and sustainability of singing programs are constrained by the limited number of such suitably skilled facilitators. CMVic is partnering with Creativity Australia to develop a singing leader development program to run over 12 months and include intensive Master Classes, workshops and mentoring. It is the start of a plan to develop the community singing leaders so that more programs supporting disadvantage and community building can be established. The project will run in collaboration with Creativity Australia and has received grant funding from the R E Ross Trust. It will commence during 2016.

Sing Yarra Ranges

Sing Yarra Ranges is a project initiated by a group of singing leaders in the Dandenongs and Yarra Ranges to establish the Yarra Ranges Singers Leaders Network. The project will provide professional development workshop days for members of the network, run a series of seasonal community singing events, and a public workshop and massed performance at theHealesville Music Festival in November 2016.

Sing Yarra Ranges is funded by the Shire of Yarra Ranges through their community development grants program.

Our People

CEO

Oliver Hinton, CMVic Coordinator

Leadership Team

John Howard: Finance and Administration Coordinator

Deb Carveth: Volunteer Coordinator; Communications and Web Presence Coordinator

Sarah Mandie: Diversity Coordinator

Margaret Crichton: Event Coordinator

Names of Board Members

Number of Employees

5 part-time Coordinators + 3 part-time Project Managers

Number of Volunteers

48

Registration Information

ABN

76 301 015 584

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Please contact John Howard (john@cmvic.org.au) to discuss your wishes

General Donations

Community Music Victoria is in an exciting phase, and we are busy doing what we do best: Developing, implementing and delivering a rich program of music making opportunities and projects which are open to everyone.

By making a generous donation you will be helping us reach and engage with more participants across a broad spectrum of fully participatory singing and instrumental opportunities and get more Victorians making music together.

Any gift you can give will make a difference, helping to bring more music, more singing and more joy to Victorian communities. We’ll make every cent of your donation count!

  • Your gift of $15 could help bring a volunteer to CMVic HQ, enabling them to spend a day updating our gorgeous website with heaps of useful musical resources for singers, musicians and leaders across Victoria to use and enjoy
  • Your gift of $55 could provide a full hour of expert advice, support or publicity to an emerging singing or instrumental group helping them grow and develop
  • Your gift of $110 could provide a subsidised youth place, either at the CMVic Music Camp, or the CMVic Singing Camp helping an emerging leader participate in music making or singing in a warm and supportive environment
  • Your gift of $265 could provide the materials to help a group make a start on a brand new marimba for their community as part of our Making Marimbas, Making Music (4M) project
  • Your gift of $550 could help us provide a regular rehearsal venue for a brand new StreetSounds band to get together and make a big beautiful noise!
  • A gift of $1,000 could help commission a Victorian composer to create a brand new tune to be played by all the StreetSoundsbands together in a massed band session at the 2017 street band festival
  • Any smaller donation would help support the work we do with the hundreds of music groups and leaders throughout Victoria

Community Music Victoria Inc is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status.  All donations of $2 and over to CMVic are tax deductible. You will receive a receipt for your records.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Would you like to volunteer for Community Music Victoria?

We have a number of volunteer positions currently available, with details here

Volunteers working in the office

CMVic is a truly volunteer driven organisation with around 50 fabulous volunteers working from our office in Melbourne’s vibrant Flinders Lane and also around the state from home.

Volunteers are given full training and support from our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Deb Carveth, and from Administration Co-ordinator, John Howard.

“It was fantastic to be part of such a fun, creative and enthusiastic team. The most rewarding part was sharing music making opportunities with keen members of the public. I’ve since gone on to work for the Australian Public Service in an overseas posting and am grateful for the useful skills I developed at CMVic.”

Michael: Music Making Opportunities advisor

CMVic volunteers help to support and strengthen some key aspects of Victorian community music-making.

Ways you can become involved:

  • Administrative roles including reception, email downloading, finance, database, clerical etc.
  • Giving advice and support to people who lead or want to lead singing and music-making.
  • Writing for our newsletters.
  • Design and layout of newsletters.
  • Event organisation and support.
  • Governance and Strategic Planning (members of our Board of Management).
  • Leading singing or music making at our fundraising and other events.
  • Writing funding applications.
  • Evaluation: conducting surveys, writing reports.
  • Publicity/media.
  • Research.
  • Team leader roles.

“What I like about working at CMVic: Contributing to an organisation that has at its heart the objective to actively encourage and support people to feel free to make music together in community settings, and to have fun in this. I like being part of a group of dedicated people who work at creating more of this joy, music and connectedness in the world.”

Carolyn: Volunteer and Metro Events Co-ordinator

What the experience can offer you:

  • Free CMVic membership.
  • Valuable experience in a not for profit organisation.
  • Free participation in music leader skills workshops.
  • Social events & plenty of music making opportunities.
  • Enhanced employability.
  • Employment references.
  • New skills.
  • Increase your confidence and self esteem.
  • The satisfaction of being part of a team working to make music making available to all Victorians.

 

Feedback from past volunteers

“I am enjoying working as volunteer bookkeeper at CMVic. It gives me the oportunity to learn Australian work place culture and gives me some satisfaction working with the team”

Nirupa: Accounts support 

“It’s great experience volunteering at CMVic. I love working with the people. One of the few places where you can break out and sing while you work.  Not only am I able to volunteer at a great organisation such as CMVic but I have learnt a lot from them as well”

Sarah: Admin Support Volunteer 

“What I like about working at CMVic: Contributing to an organisation that has at its heart the objective to actively encourage and support people to feel free to make music together in community settings, and to have fun in this. I like being part of a group of dedicated people who work at creating more of this joy, music and connectedness in the world.”

Carolyn: Volunteer and Metro Events Co-ordinator 

“CMVic has given me a unique volunteering experience in a music community, and a chance to find out more (and maybe get more involved) with music rather than just listening to songs. CMVic has lots of friendly people. I learn new things every time I volunteer and there is always someone who will help if I have questions. The office atmosphere is very cheery which always puts a smile on my face even on a very cloudy day!”

Laura: Admin support Volunteer 

To find out more contact us

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

CMVic’s vision is for high quality participatory music-making experiences to be available to all Victorians, and our mission is to facilitate the development of the skills, opportunities and networks necessary to bring this about. We pursue these ideas because collaborative music-making has a proven capacity to promote social connectedness, results in profound benefits to individual and community health and wellbeing, and is one of the most effective entry points into musical creativity.

Our 2017-20 Strategic Plan identifies four major goals:

Participation – To draw substantial numbers of new participants and artists into community music making, focusing particularly on younger people, marginalised groups, remote Victorian communities, and those completely new to music-making.

Advocacy – To be a powerful and trusted advocate for community music, fostering understanding of the value of music making in daily life, establishing participatory music making as a common element of arts organisations’ strategies and a valued part of community health programs.

Leadership – To support existing music leaders, and significantly increase the number of great community music leaders with the ability and credibility to sustain and support music/singing groups and activities, initiate new ones, and bring creative approaches to securing funding to make their projects independently sustainable.

Sustainability – To build on CMVic’s proud history as a leading organisation for participatory music-making in Victoria, increasing our long term sustainability with diverse funding streams, a substantial and engaged membership, and a strong core team delivering our goals.

Our Services

Leadership Skills, Mentorship and Support

CMVic has developed a network of experienced music and workshop leaders, and has gathered a body of knowledge about leadership skills. We pass this on by providing:

  • support to music groups who are just starting up
  • mentorship to music leaders
  • a variety of events aimed at developing leadership skill

 

Events

In collaboration with our partners, CMVic organises a wide range of events for people of all musical abilities. These events:

  • provide an opportunity for everyone to play music in a secure and friendly environment
  • support existing singing or music groups and their leaders
  • provide an opportunity for everyone to play music in a secure and friendly environment
  • support existing singing or music groups and their leaders
  • encourage new leaders to start new groups
  • provide the opportunity for sharing repertoire and leadership skills

 

Publications and Resources

CMVic puts together a number of regular publications and makes available various musical resources (scores and mp3 recordings) for all types of singing or music groups. Some of our publications are available at no cost whilst others you can purchase from our online store.

Networking

CMVic helps musicians and music groups get to know each and share their ideas, skills, and music. We encourage this through the events we organise (also listed at the bottom of this page), and through this website which hosts a range of networking opportunities.

For an example of the work we do, watch this YouTube clip, which features CMVic as one of the partners of Raising the Roof – where vocal and instrumental ensembles from across Victoria came together to celebrate the New Hamer Hall in a music-making event on a grand scale (2013).

Funded Programs and Projects

CMVic works with partners to develop focused programs and projects, and frequently seeks funding from relevant arts and philanthropic organisations. Further details of these can be found here.

Our Beneficiaries

There’s nothing wrong with concert-going, CD buying and downloads, but it’s through actively making music that the most profound joys and fulfillment can be found. Music-making needs no audience. In fact, it is the participants rather than the listeners who reap the most significant benefits.

People who engage and benefit from our work include:

  • ordinary people looking for opportunities to make music with others – both singing and instrumental
  • community music group leaders and people wanting to know more about setting up a community music group
  • music teachers who want to find opportunities for their pupils to play music with others
  • organisations who want to promote the physical and mental well being benefits of participatory music making

Projects in Progress

Some of our key projects are listed below:

Singing from Country

‘Singing from Country’ is an innovative project which aims to inspire songwriters, community choirs and other community members to appreciate and celebrate Country. Many Victorians are street-wise but not land-literate. Music can communicate love for land, deepen knowledge of country and strengthen community. The project will link songwriters and community to Aboriginal knowledge-holders, naturalists and ecologists through workshops and a celebratory concert. From this will come songs that help reconnect people to place. Recordings will provide a resource for choirs and a video will document the project, which is a pilot for a statewide project. The project will run in collaboration with VACL (Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages) and Connecting Country, and has received grant funding from Regional Arts Victoria. The project will commence early in 2016. See more about Singing from Country here

Sing English

Sing English will build the foundations of a locally delivered professional development program for EAL (English as an Additional Language) teachers and multicultural playgroup leaders in Greater Shepparton, focusing on singing as a teaching tool. The main activities will include: devising and delivering a training program to 12 project leaders from the 3 EAL sectors (schools, GoTAFE and South Shepparton Community Centre), Kildonan Uniting Care’s Multicultural Playgroup and Asylum Seekers group and the broader community; gathering evaluation data on current use of song in English language teaching; and setting up a program of skills workshops for teachers. The project will run in collaboration with the Urban Lyrebirds and has received fgrant frunding from the Ethnic Council of Shepparton. It will commence during 2016.

StreetSounds

StreetSounds is a major project that resulted from the Victoria Makes Music Program and it started in January 2015 with the help of funding from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the R E Ross Trust.  The project aims to create at least 10 new ‘street’ bands’ in Victoria by 2017, culminating in a fabulous Street Band Festival bringing entertainment to the streets of one of our major cities.  The project will run from Dec 2014 to Dec 2017 – find out more about StreetSounds here.

4M (Making Marimbas Making Music)

The objective of the 4M project is to create new opportunities for individuals to become involved for the first time in group music making. Activities will be focussed around both the construction and playing of marimbas which have been shown through previous activities to be particularly appealing to both men and women of all ages, including those who have had very little music playing experience in the past.  The project has received grant funding from Australian Unity and runs from June 2015 to June 2016.

Creating Inspiring Community Singing Leaders

Conductors/singing leaders are the backbone and inspirational leaders of community singing groups.  The best singing Leaders have a rare skill that encompasses professional artist, social worker, leader and administrator. The ongoing development and sustainability of singing programs are constrained by the limited number of such suitably skilled facilitators. CMVic is partnering with Creativity Australia to develop a singing leader development program to run over 12 months and include intensive Master Classes, workshops and mentoring. It is the start of a plan to develop the community singing leaders so that more programs supporting disadvantage and community building can be established. The project will run in collaboration with Creativity Australia and has received grant funding from the R E Ross Trust. It will commence during 2016.

Sing Yarra Ranges

Sing Yarra Ranges is a project initiated by a group of singing leaders in the Dandenongs and Yarra Ranges to establish the Yarra Ranges Singers Leaders Network. The project will provide professional development workshop days for members of the network, run a series of seasonal community singing events, and a public workshop and massed performance at theHealesville Music Festival in November 2016.

Sing Yarra Ranges is funded by the Shire of Yarra Ranges through their community development grants program.

Our People

CEO

Oliver Hinton, CMVic Coordinator

Leadership Team

John Howard: Finance and Administration Coordinator

Deb Carveth: Volunteer Coordinator; Communications and Web Presence Coordinator

Sarah Mandie: Diversity Coordinator

Margaret Crichton: Event Coordinator

Names of Board Members

Number of Employees

5 part-time Coordinators + 3 part-time Project Managers

Number of Volunteers

48

Registration Information

ABN

76 301 015 584

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Please contact John Howard (john@cmvic.org.au) to discuss your wishes

General Donations

Community Music Victoria is in an exciting phase, and we are busy doing what we do best: Developing, implementing and delivering a rich program of music making opportunities and projects which are open to everyone.

By making a generous donation you will be helping us reach and engage with more participants across a broad spectrum of fully participatory singing and instrumental opportunities and get more Victorians making music together.

Any gift you can give will make a difference, helping to bring more music, more singing and more joy to Victorian communities. We’ll make every cent of your donation count!

  • Your gift of $15 could help bring a volunteer to CMVic HQ, enabling them to spend a day updating our gorgeous website with heaps of useful musical resources for singers, musicians and leaders across Victoria to use and enjoy
  • Your gift of $55 could provide a full hour of expert advice, support or publicity to an emerging singing or instrumental group helping them grow and develop
  • Your gift of $110 could provide a subsidised youth place, either at the CMVic Music Camp, or the CMVic Singing Camp helping an emerging leader participate in music making or singing in a warm and supportive environment
  • Your gift of $265 could provide the materials to help a group make a start on a brand new marimba for their community as part of our Making Marimbas, Making Music (4M) project
  • Your gift of $550 could help us provide a regular rehearsal venue for a brand new StreetSounds band to get together and make a big beautiful noise!
  • A gift of $1,000 could help commission a Victorian composer to create a brand new tune to be played by all the StreetSoundsbands together in a massed band session at the 2017 street band festival
  • Any smaller donation would help support the work we do with the hundreds of music groups and leaders throughout Victoria

Community Music Victoria Inc is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status.  All donations of $2 and over to CMVic are tax deductible. You will receive a receipt for your records.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Would you like to volunteer for Community Music Victoria?

We have a number of volunteer positions currently available, with details here

Volunteers working in the office

CMVic is a truly volunteer driven organisation with around 50 fabulous volunteers working from our office in Melbourne’s vibrant Flinders Lane and also around the state from home.

Volunteers are given full training and support from our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Deb Carveth, and from Administration Co-ordinator, John Howard.

“It was fantastic to be part of such a fun, creative and enthusiastic team. The most rewarding part was sharing music making opportunities with keen members of the public. I’ve since gone on to work for the Australian Public Service in an overseas posting and am grateful for the useful skills I developed at CMVic.”

Michael: Music Making Opportunities advisor

CMVic volunteers help to support and strengthen some key aspects of Victorian community music-making.

Ways you can become involved:

  • Administrative roles including reception, email downloading, finance, database, clerical etc.
  • Giving advice and support to people who lead or want to lead singing and music-making.
  • Writing for our newsletters.
  • Design and layout of newsletters.
  • Event organisation and support.
  • Governance and Strategic Planning (members of our Board of Management).
  • Leading singing or music making at our fundraising and other events.
  • Writing funding applications.
  • Evaluation: conducting surveys, writing reports.
  • Publicity/media.
  • Research.
  • Team leader roles.

“What I like about working at CMVic: Contributing to an organisation that has at its heart the objective to actively encourage and support people to feel free to make music together in community settings, and to have fun in this. I like being part of a group of dedicated people who work at creating more of this joy, music and connectedness in the world.”

Carolyn: Volunteer and Metro Events Co-ordinator

What the experience can offer you:

  • Free CMVic membership.
  • Valuable experience in a not for profit organisation.
  • Free participation in music leader skills workshops.
  • Social events & plenty of music making opportunities.
  • Enhanced employability.
  • Employment references.
  • New skills.
  • Increase your confidence and self esteem.
  • The satisfaction of being part of a team working to make music making available to all Victorians.

 

Feedback from past volunteers

“I am enjoying working as volunteer bookkeeper at CMVic. It gives me the oportunity to learn Australian work place culture and gives me some satisfaction working with the team”

Nirupa: Accounts support 

“It’s great experience volunteering at CMVic. I love working with the people. One of the few places where you can break out and sing while you work.  Not only am I able to volunteer at a great organisation such as CMVic but I have learnt a lot from them as well”

Sarah: Admin Support Volunteer 

“What I like about working at CMVic: Contributing to an organisation that has at its heart the objective to actively encourage and support people to feel free to make music together in community settings, and to have fun in this. I like being part of a group of dedicated people who work at creating more of this joy, music and connectedness in the world.”

Carolyn: Volunteer and Metro Events Co-ordinator 

“CMVic has given me a unique volunteering experience in a music community, and a chance to find out more (and maybe get more involved) with music rather than just listening to songs. CMVic has lots of friendly people. I learn new things every time I volunteer and there is always someone who will help if I have questions. The office atmosphere is very cheery which always puts a smile on my face even on a very cloudy day!”

Laura: Admin support Volunteer 

To find out more contact us

Our Annual Reports

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