‘You Won’t Bring Us Down’ – MCUI 2020 Song Encourages Young People to Stand Together

Ruth Mulvey
| June 21, 2020

The Music: Count Us In 2020 Program Song, ‘You Won’t Bring Us Down’, written by school students Eve Cooper (North Hobart, TAS), Greta Lynch (Mosman Park, WA), Trent May (Yepoon, QLD) and Ava Sharp (Fremantle, WA) in March under the mentorship of ARIA Award Winning singer-songwriter Lior and Award-winning producer (and Music: Count Us In Ambassador) John Foreman OAM is now available to download for all teachers registered for MCUI this year.

‘You Won’t Bring Us Down’ draws on themes of young people standing up for what they believe in, inspired by climate change and the recent Australian bushfires. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the song was recorded remotely this year by student vocalist Theoni Marks from the Talent Development Project under the mentorship of leading vocalist Susie Ahern. John Foreman produced the track, working with recording engineer Simon Moro.

MCUI 2020 Songwriting Workshop

A suite of educational resources will be released from early July to accompany the song, including: a term’s worth of lesson plans; teaching films featuring vocalist Emma Pask; instrumental arrangements; indigenous resources developed by arts and cultural collective Garrijimanha; Auslan and Braille translations; and an animation developed in partnership with the Music Matters Campaign.  Professional Development sessions and films for teachers will also be made available during school terms 3 and 4.

This year’s Music: Count Us In program will culminate in a national Celebration Day on 5 November, which will bring together hundreds of thousands of students around Australia in song.

There’s still plenty of time to register for Music: Count Us In this year, so please do encourage any schools and teachers you know to register now to access the song and all of the resources completely FREE of charge.


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