Older people living in the Eastern Suburbs and interested in singing and choir groups are set to benefit from a new grants program ‘Sing Your Age’.
Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton and Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith today announced the NSW Government program will provide $150,000 in total to encourage more seniors to discover the joy of singing.
“Sing Your Age is an important initiative that will see more people in the Eastern Suburbs community enjoying the power of song,” Ms Upton said.
“This grants program will help tackle challenges sometimes faced by older people, including social isolation, loneliness, and negative perceptions of ageing,” Mr Notley-Smith said.
The program will be supported by the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) which is now inviting singing groups and community organisations to apply for funding.
There are three grant categories including;
- Category 1 - $100 to $1,000 for expanding existing singing groups to include older people
- Category 2 - $1001 to $7,000 for creating a new singing group or choir in one location.
- Category 3 - $7,000 to $15,000 for creating or expanding singing groups in multiple locations.
Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, said creative arts, including singing, are a key component of healthy and active ageing.
“It’s a great way to bring older people together to build and strengthen friendships in the community,” Mrs Davies said.
The grants can be used for promotions, professional conductor fees, professional accompanist fees, the purchasing of musical equipment, and venue hire.
For more information about the Sing Your Age grants program or to apply for funding visit www.anca.org.au/facs-sing-your-age .
For assistance making an application contact the Australian National Choral Association on (03) 9254 1019, or email [email protected] .
Grant applications close on Friday 18 August 2017 at 5.00pm.