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Funding provides arts education to isolated communities

The Song Room is providing disadvantaged Australian children in remote and isolated communities access to tailored music and arts-based education programs.

The Song Room has worked with remote communities for more than 12 years, supporting the education of children in some of the most isolated and under-resourced schools in Australia.

The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said the children The Song Room works with face long-term disadvantage from poor access to quality education.

“In Australia, children from Indigenous communities disproportionally miss out on effective learning and development opportunities,” Ms Wood said.

“The Song Room provides bright futures to Australia’s most disadvantaged children by giving them the best possible start to life: a quality education.”

The Lottery Office has donated $15,000 to The Song Room enabling its Teaching Artists to continue their work teaching music and visual arts at schools such as Canteen Creek School, Epenarra School and Elliot School in the Northern Territory.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many isolated communities are closed to outside facilitators and The Song Room has pivoted its support for the three schools by developing engaging learning materials and providing remote teaching support and teacher mentoring.

The funding from The Lottery Office will enable the organisation to continue its work supporting the communities through bespoke video lessons and Zoom workshops.

“These communities are more isolated than ever, so it is imperative The Song Room is able to continue its work bridging Australia’s educational gap by providing remote communities with access to music and arts education,” Ms Wood said.

The Lottery Office urges anyone interested in donating to visit The Song Room website.