Music innovation fund gives SA preschools the chance to share in $250,000 of funding
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Music innovation fund gives SA preschools the chance to share in $250,000 of funding

by Freya Lucas

November 04, 2020

Government preschools in South Australia are able to share in $250,000, offered by the State Government to enhance opportunities for students to participate in music education.


As well as preschools, the funding is available to government schools, music and creative industries, and music organisations, through the Music Innovation Fund.


Successful applicants can use the funding to purchase instruments and equipment, support new music programs, form community partnerships and upskill teachers to confidently deliver quality music education that is sustainable, accessible and fun.


The third round of Music Innovation Funding is now open, with students from 48 government schools and preschools and four organisations already having benefited from the first two rounds of funding.


The Music Innovation Grants complement the launch of the Quality Music Education Framework, which was designed to provide clarity and guidance around best practice music education for all children and young people in South Australia.


Applicants for music innovation funding are encouraged to align their application to the qualities listed in the Framework.


“As we round out the second year of our Music Education Strategy, the importance our schools and preschools are placing on quality music education is gaining traction,” SA Education Minister John Gardner said, strongly encouraging those eligible to apply to look to previous successful applicants for some inspiration and consider the benefits of collaboration among sites and stakeholder groups.


“The Music Education Framework reinforces our overall commitment to the role of music in education and will support educators in making informed decisions when delivering music education,” Mr Gardner said.


“Music education is such an important dynamic in the social, behavioural and academic development of children and young people. It develops thinking and learning skills and enhances wellbeing and builds inclusion. We want everyone involved in children and young people’s learning to understand the value of music education and the framework highlights this.”


Government schools and preschools can apply for funding via the Department for Education website, with applications closing on Friday 20 November.

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