On Friday October 15, Ryan Tedderof OneRepublic, UK producerJoel Corry, singer/songwriters Calum Scott, Thandi Phoenix and Canadian Jessia, will be just some of the superstars joining forces with Australia’s leading musicians and industry heavyweights including Universal Music Australia, ARN, iHeartRadio, Pedestrian.TV, Brag Media, Buzzfeed, Spotify, Yahoo, Tik Tok, Twitch, Network Ten, MTV, APRA AMCOS, AIM, Sony Foundation, Kaimera & UnLtd to lend their support to youth charity Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD).
With over 26,400 reports of child abuse & neglect every year, 27,680 young people homeless on any given night and suicide still the leading cause of death for young people, a creative response to youth crises in Australian communities is critical.
The transformative power of music has been harnessed by the charity for almost two decades to break down barriers and reach young people in need through welfare support and creative therapy, nationwide.
This Musicians Making A Difference Day, help raise awareness for the cause that transforms young lives through music by dedicating a song to someone in need on Friday October 15 with the hashtag #ThisSongIsForYou and tag @mmadaustralia.
We asked MMAD a few questions so you can learn more about their mission, programs and impact;
Many young people at MMAD suffer mentally, physically, socially & financially from traumatic experiences. For them, expressing their pain in lyrics, finding their voice by singing & escaping the world through music has helped them survive.
Next year, MMAD will celebrate 2 decades of life-changing work with children & young people in need. The passion, dedication and talent of our beautiful team has seen MMAD has grown from a voluntary project to an organisation with a national reach, including, 150 young people on the frontline each week across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland communities, 40,000 people annually via our outreach initiatives and 1 million through online & content engagement nationally.
Our initiatives include community outreach, a music soup kitchen, street support group, creative youth mentoring camps and courses, a free youth wellbeing platform, leadership development, educational content development, national youth campaigns and social enterprises.
Support from some of the world’s big-hearted musicians alongside the unparalleled passion of our team and long-term collaborations with powerhouse partners has allowed MMAD to provide hope, support and pathways for positive change for young people in some of the most troubled but beautiful parts of Australia.
Every young person deserves someone who believes in them and the opportunity to live their potential.
Who are the people behind MMAD?
It all began when Dom and Emma (MMAD Mum & Dad) met before Christmas of 2003. They made a pact to help children and young people in need: if by the following Christmas they’d not made a difference, they were not meant to be! And so, with Dom’s unwavering belief and social-entrepreneurial beginnings, alongside Emma’s heart and commitment, MMAD came to life.
MMAD has grown into a national charity with a beautiful team and a remarkable network of support. Two decades of dedication on the frontline has rewarded them with testimonials of change across two generations.
MMAD has several key values that maintain our grass-roots culture, heart and excellence as we grow, including a belief that it takes a village to raise a child. We are proud to unite with big-hearted partners to ensure young people have the best possible chance to overcome personal adversity, follow new dreams and find their place in the world.
Check out our world changing partners:
Our Supporters – Musicians Making A Difference (mmad.org.au)
What programs and initiatives do you run at MMAD?
MMAD has developed cutting-edge creative mentoring programs over 20 years of frontline work to support young people on their journey from the streets to staging their full potential in life.
Some of these include an innovative street support group called BreakFree designed to inspire, educate and rehabilitate young people so they can break generational cycles of hardship; a free alternative education music & mentoring course called Sound Foundations created to prepare disengaged young people for traditional education or employment and reengage them with their community; a schools program called Expression Sessions empowering young people with creative tools for emotional expression and connecting them with support networks; an intensive and holistic mentoring intervention program called Catch A Falling STAR that catches special, traumatized and at-risk young people feeling at rock bottom and empowers them to shine, and our Rise UP scholarship providing young graduates with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and make their own difference in the world through music.
To support our direct work with vulnerable young people and to reach others in remote or isolated areas across Australia, our creative youth well being platform called Access All Areas provides 24/7 access to free information, education, opportunities and support networks, as well as virtual workshops and mentoring. Every young person deserves someone who believes in them and the opportunity to live their potential.
The power of music and the efforts of the charity are extended and celebrated across the nation on MMAD’s annual awareness day called Musicians Making A Difference Day.
So MMAD Day is coming up on 15th October, what is it and how can people get involved?
This year Musicians Making A Difference Day is Friday 15th October! We are calling on everyday Australians to join the biggest musicians and labels in the world to help us transform young lives through music!
People can make their difference for this important cause by dedicating a song to someone in need with the hashtag #ThisSongIsForYou, and tagging @mmadaustralia
How can businesses and individuals get involved with MMAD, either as an ongoing partner or a regular donor?
We couldn’t do what we do without our partners an supporters. Many become part of our MMAD family and make a difference with us long-term in unique and meaningful ways. Every young person deserves a happy family like MMAD. When you donate to our charity, you’re breaking cycles of abuse and neglect for vulnerable young people and investing in building a happier, healthier community.
MMAD is a very special charity, we can find equally special opportunities for people and companies to give back. Here’s a few suggestions to get the ball rolling:
Donate and help us to transform young lives through music. www.mmad.org.au
Create long term change by donating to MMAD via block chain. email@example.com
It takes a village to raise a child. Our village needs you. Reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are ways you can help to spread awareness for our cause! Find out more: email@example.com
Together we can make a long-term difference through the transformative power of music.
Any standout stories of young people who have gone through the program?