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Australian children from low-income households on average don’t do as well at school as those from homes with higher incomes. The Song Room works to bridge that inequality in education by facilitating learning through the arts.

Despite extensive evidence that links music and arts-based programs with better grades and a better sense of social wellbeing, only a quarter of Australian school children are estimated to have access to these programs and the specialised teachers to run them.

The Song Room delivers Australian Arts Curriculum-aligned music and arts programs to around 8,000 of Australia’s most in-need school children every year.

This is only a fraction of the number of children who are lowest on the income ladder in Australia today and an even smaller fraction of the 1.7 million children who have no specialised music and arts education in their schools.


Through our tailored, sustainable in-school workshop programs we’re delivering quality outcomes and the best possible start to life for children facing disadvantages such as:

  • Low socio-economic circumstances
  • Learning, health and disability challenges
  • Bridging the Gap in Indigenous communities and geographical isolation
  • Disengagement and juvenile crime
  • English as a second language (refugees/new arrivals)

The Song Room also works to develop ongoing relationships with schools and their teachers to ensure the continuation and sustainability of music and arts education in the future. We help grow the resources and skills needed by schools to continue implementing creative music and arts curriculum after our programs have concluded.

Through the development of ARTS:LIVE and our online programs, we can now reach even more children nationally and provide Australian Arts curriculum-aligned lessons and support for generalist teachers across the country.

Since ARTS:LIVE was launched in 2013, it has grown to contain over 1,000 arts resources across five art forms, which are accessed free by over 5,000 Australian schools. Register your school today at artslive.com.

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