Volunteer! Volunteering with the Symphony For Life Foundation can be an immensely rewarding thing to do. There are four main categories for volunteers:
Student volunteers and internships
Parent volunteers The parents of the children are key volunteers in Symphony for Life programs as they provide such services out of their loyalty to their children. Just like soccer mums and sports team dads, the orchestra parent becomes a key figure at rehearsals and particularly at performances help with the general organisation of the children – music and music stands, food provision, marshalling, trial audience and also fundraising for the program; this very similar to the youth sporting codes.
Music volunteers Music volunteers are those people within the wider community who love the concept and work carried out in these programs, and want to help and belong to the ‘movement’ that provides this to children in Australia. It is a tremendously easy way to gain interest, support, and engagement with the general community – and specifically those interested in the social good of such music-based programs for children. Music volunteers can engage in a range of program activity, including advocacy, fundraising, performance support, donations of instruments and instrument drives, food and service provision for the children and a variety of coaching and mentoring activities, associated with music.
Student volunteers and Internships There is nothing better for the children to see young passionate music students from secondary and tertiary music institutions engaged and playing side by side with the younger less-experienced children. It makes sense to create this important relationship with institutions too, as they will gain the benefits longer term with the introduction of more students for their programs. It is also an excellent way for the institutions to engage deeply in civics and social responsibility with their students. Institutions across the world, including ones like The Juilliard School in New York, are building social responsibility projects into their professional musician development and have created some wonderful works in communities .
General volunteers There are many in the community who seek to be involved in a general sense - to help fundraise, to provide free services, in-kind support, active advocacy, special advisory services, and general administration support. We WELCOME such support from the general public.