It all started, as many things do, with a gift – a gesture of kindness which took the form of a musical instrument. Dominc Brooke came from a disadvantaged background and when his neighbour gave him a guitar and paid for him to attend a song writing camp it changed his life forever. It opened his eyes to the power of music and his potential as a person. Now he’s using music and the performing arts to help turn around the lives of disadvantaged kids.
Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) has been helping young people rewrite their future for over 12 years. Through the power of music, dance and mentoring, MMAD inspires disadvantaged kids to make their lives remarkable. “The program reaches between 350 and 400 kids every week and we hold 1,800 workshops, camps and events around Australia each year,” says Dominic Brooke, cofounder of MMAD. “We use music and the performing arts to help young people rewrite their lives.”
Through the program kids are mentored by industry professionals in song writing, recording and performing. Artists like Alessia Cara, Snow Patrol, The Presets, Daniel Johns, Vera Blue and Troye Sivian have all given willingly of their time and expertise to help this valuable program change young lives for the better.
Now, in collaboration with Universal Music Australia, MMAD is launching Musicians Making A Difference Day on December 7. MMAD Day aims to encourage people to talk about the power of music and how it can transform lives. Ten people from MMAD have worked together to create a song and music video to inspire others to reach out when they need assistance breaking out of a negative cycle. The song and the music video are set to be launched on MMAD Day.
Everyone, everywhere is encouraged to be part of MMAD Day on December 7 by sharing a song or tagging a musician that has had an impact on their life using the hashtag #MusiciansMakingADifference.