Symphony For Life Foundationis a highly scalable, proven and thorough music education-based program. But it is far more than simply good music education...
Our Programs The Inspiration - "El Sistema", the Venezuelan network of orchestral programs that has reached over 2 million youth - our programs offer children the rich education of music in an orchestral or ensemble setting as a means to develop themselves as expressive, cooperative and engaged members of the community, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. Each program sees a unique collaboration between our organisation, communities, peak music bodies and various local, national, and philanthropic organisations to provide children with exceptional musical training each day after school – each program runs for 3 - 5 days per week – with an emphasis on performance, difficult fun, and rich cultural experiences
Our Community Our programs are community-based and delivered - that is, they are run in the community, by the community and for the community. The Foundation provides the resources for communities to run such programs - the teachers, the instruments, the music, the curriculum and any support needed.
Symphony For Life Foundation is a community collaborator - we are delighted to partner other organisations to develop, provide or co-run these programs. Such organisations include but are not limited to - schools, community organisations and associations, professional orchestras, other charities and benevolent institutions, music schools, children's music organisations, youth music organisations, and Federal, State and Local Government programs and organisations.
Our Nation The Foundation will represent Symphony For Life strategies to Australian governments, sponsors, donors, the corporate community and the Australian public, as worthwhile social development and for children in communities experiencing disadvantage across Australia, and very worthy of their support, and their partnership.
Our Future We will establish a number of separate subsidiary social enterprises, geared to distribute their net profit to the Foundation in order for the Symphony For Life Foundation to flourish, and also to provide another layer of social good in our community. These social enterprises will seek to employ those less able to find employment, will train those needing to have skill training and give back self-respect to those who struggle to obtain it in their lives.
Our Benefits Learning to play a musical instrument and gaining skills through music reading, composing, singing and performance are important cognitive processes that are also understood to enhance children's abilities in other areas of learning — particularly in attention skills, discipline and literacy, numeracy, and memory. As well as developing impressive musical skills, artistic sensitivity and expressive capabilities, children in Symphony For Life Foundation programs are able to gain valuable life skills such as teamwork, self-esteem, patience, discipline, respect and concentration.