TRANSFORMING QUEENSLAND COMMUNITIES
Music is a universal language, and has the power to transform experiences and transcend barriers. AT QMF, we are proud to work with Queenslanders from all walks of life, providing opportunities to engage in projects that deliver important outcomes for individuals and communities. Here are some of the ways you can help to make a difference.
INCLUSIVE, CARING AND CONNECTED COMMUNITIES:
Over generations, music has been an effective way of inspiring change, through giving hope to the marginalised and galvanising social movements. Many of our projects are developed in partnership with communities to address a particular need, such as reducing isolation of seniors, changing perceptions about people who have disabilities, addressing gender inequality, and fostering greater intercultural understanding.
We believe that musical excellence and social conscience can come together to create powerful impact. In 2017 our program will continue to grapple with important issues including domestic violence, engaging those who are often left out including seniors and people with disabilities and closing the gap for Indigenous communities. Your support can help to create positive change in our society, through supporting music projects that make a difference.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH:
Contemporary youth face profound challenges, with disengagement, anxiety and loss of hope reaching crisis point among high school students. Engagement through music has proven to be an effective way of building resilience among youth, through providing a means of self-expression, a safe space to explore identity and a sense of belonging. Large scale participatory projects, such as Under This Sky (Logan, 2015), have engaged hundreds of young people in creative processes, skills and leadership development.
We are fortunate to work in partnership with community organisations and schools throughout the State, to ensure strong support for those experiencing mental health challenges. Over 2016 – 2018, QMF will work with communities across the Isaac Region, with a strong focus on youth engagement, and fostering dialogue around mental health. Your support will make an important difference in the lives of young people, through enabling participation in a project that will ignite a sense of hope and belonging.
Queensland stretches over a vast geographic area, and is home to diverse communities, many of whom face significant barriers due to distance and isolation. Regional engagement is at the heart of QMF’s commitment as a state-wide festival. Projects such as Heart of an Open Country (Tambo, 2013), Behind the Cane (Bowen, 2011) and Mount Isa Celebrates (Mount Isa, 2015) provide regional communities with the opportunity to develop skills and tell their own unique story with the support of leading artists and professional artsworkers.
Touring programs such as Flying Tours and the Youth Touring Program bring professional artists and productions to some of our most remote and isolated communities, from Birdsville to Burketown. Philanthropic support is essential to fulfilling our regional engagement commitment. With your support, we can reach more regional and remote communities.
WORK WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES:
QMF has worked with Indigenous communities throughout the State for many years, including projects such as Yarrabah Band Festival (2013 – ongoing), Cape York Instrumental Project (2011 – ongoing) and Ailan Kores in the Torres Strait (2008 – 2013). Our work includes instrumental education programs that help to improve education outcomes for Aboriginal students, as well as intergenerational music programs that celebrate culture and language, and contribute to community health, well-being and development in a number of ways.
Yarrabah Band Festival is a key example of a multi-year project where we work hand in hand with a community to build capacity, bringing leading talent such as. Archie Roach and Montaigne to collaborate on a spectacular event that features broad community participation. With your support, we can continue to work with communities on long-term projects that deliver a broad range of education, economic and community well- being benefits to those most in need.
COMMISSIONING NEW WORK:
Original music creates a legacy for generations to come. It evokes a sense of place, and connects us through a shared voice. QMF has commissioned more than 120 original works since its inception in 1999, and is proud to play a role in celebrating Queensland’s place in the cultural landscape through music.
In 2017, QMF will honour John Curro, the founder of Queensland Youth Orchestra, with a new work by Brisbane-based composer Thomas Green. QMF has also commissioned works by leading Australian composers including Elena Kats-Chernin, Iain Grandage, Andree Greenwell and William Barton. Your support will help to tell the Queensland story through music.
NURTURING QUEENSLAND ARTISTS AND ARTWORKERS:
Queensland has a wealth of creative talent, and passionate artsworkers who are essential to making artistic vision a reality. QMF actively seeks to nurture artists and artsworkers through professional opportunities and mentorship, as part of our commitment to helping build vibrant, creative communities throughout the State.
In 2017, mentorships will focus on career development opportunities for emerging regional artists, with a particular focus on increasing the number of women represented amongst composers and creators of original music. Your support will help to ensure the next generation of Queensland creatives reaches its potential.