Music programs for youths on the fringe

Addressing the widening gap in music education for youths with a different demographic in mind.
Music. Image is of a group of people mostly dressed in black looking at the camera and smiling.

When we think about music programs for young people, music curriculua in classrooms or festival offerings may be what most often come to mind. There are, however, other youth demographics that have been missing from this picture.

The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) has been delivering long-term music programs in youth justice centres around Australia over the past 21 years and championing for the critical impact music has on behaviour rehabilitation.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_