Community fundraiser puts musicians’ wheels in motion

7 Jul

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The Coast’s next generation of music. From left to right: Music mentor Michael McCartney, students Conor Waugh, Nathan Lindsay, Aaron Lindsay, founder and president Ian Grace, students Elaine Summersford, Jasmin Dall’Acqua, Kyra Le Sech, Jade Stevens

By Rhiannon Bunting, Bond University Journalism Student

The Coast’s next generation of musicians had their wish granted after a Gold Coast charity and local MP joined forces to raise $30,000 for a tour bus.

Founder and president of Youth Music Venture (YMV) Ian Grace was grateful for the huge donation towards the bus as transporting youth and equipment has always been a problem.

The YMV is a community initiative run by residents of Palm Beach, Burleigh, Currumbin and Coolangatta that develops young musicians in a free 12-week program and provides opportunities to perform.

Mr Grace said he was excited for the future of YMV and looked forward to helping other community groups facing similar transport difficulties.

“This will expand YMV’s horizons,” he said.

“[The bus] will also be hired out to other groups catering for children, sporting clubs, scouts, elderly and disadvantaged, so they will also be able to attend events previously impossible for them.”

Mr Grace said he shared his story with the Rotary club of Currumbin Coolangatta Tweed Inc years ago and was immediately embraced by the club.

In a matter of months $15,000 was raised by Rotary, which was matched by a Stronger Communities Program grant from local federal MP Karen Andrews.

Mrs Andrews said she was happy to help YMV and applauded Rotary for its continued community work.

“I’m very pleased to have been able to secure funding to support [YMV’s] continued success,” she said.

“[YMV] has positively engaged with our young people, inspiring them and building their confidence.

“Rotary play such an important role in our community and their support for ventures such as [YMV] has a positive and lasting impact on the lives of many … I thank them for their continued contribution to our community.”

YMV will hold their annual showcase at Currumbin RSL in September and will be hosted by Bridge from 92.5 Gold FM’s morning talk show.

If you are an aspiring young musician or know a talented youth, you can visit www.youthmusicventure.com.au to sign up and audition for the free 12-week program.

 

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