Music: Count Us In exists to encourage music participation in Australian schools, celebrate the joy of music and advocate for increased access to music education for all students, all over the country. On Thursday 29 October 2015, Music: Count Us In marked 9 years with the biggest Celebration Day on record: 2116 registered schools, 3645 registered teachers and more than 550,000 participating students. That is certainly a remarkable number of voices all joined together in song. This year’s program song, ‘Gold’, celebrates the role of music in shaping the lives of young people.
We celebrated with events, both big and small, all over the country. Our main event was held at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, hosted by Program Ambassador John Foreman and Program Mentor Marcia Hines. The event was broadcast into classrooms, theatres, halls and homes right across Australia thanks to our friends at 5Stream. Watch the full event, now. The live stream broadcast included videos from Music: Count Us In around Australia and a live performance from Marcia Hines of her hit single, ‘Amazing’. A real highlight of the day was our live cross to the Sydney Harbour Bridge where, thanks to our friends at BridgeClimb Sydney, 12 lucky students from across Sydney had the chance to sing and sign ‘Gold’ from atop one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks.
Our 2015 student songwriters, Frank Dixon, Tylah Winyard, Lynn Ng and Larissa Lock celebrated with their local communities by attending Celebration Day events in their home states of Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. A huge congratulations and thank you to these talented young songwriters for their involvement in Music: Count Us In 2015. We wish them all the very best in their future musical endeavours.
Watch the full event online and check out our stories and media coverage on Facebook and Twitter. Music Australia thanks the Federal Government for their continued funding of Music: Count Us In through the Department of Education and Training. View a video message of support from Senator the Hon, Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training. Thank you also to all those involved in Music: Count Us In 2015: from all registered students and teachers to our supporters in the media and our professional partners. Stay tuned for our news about Music: Count Us In 2016!