State government grants to encourage seniors to "Sing Your Age"

Members of the NSW Families and Communities Choir.
Members of the NSW Families and Communities Choir.

Older people living in Myall Lakes and interested in singing and choir groups are set to benefit from a new grants program ‘Sing Your Age’.

Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead announced the NSW Government program will provide $150,000 in total to encourage more seniors to discover the joy of singing.

Ella Fitzgerald famously said “The only thing better than singing is more singing.” This has been proven to Stephen over the last four years at The annual Seniors Concerts he presents.

“I see toes tapping as local seniors sing-a-long with the performers, there is a real sense of joy amongst attendees,” Mr Bromhead said.

“This grants program will help tackle challenges sometimes faced by older people, including social isolation, loneliness, and negative perceptions of ageing,” Mr Bromhead said.

The program will be of benefit to local groups like the Coomba Park and District Seniors Association who co-ordinate musical theatre and performances around local aged care facilities.

There are three grant categories including;

  • Category 1 - $100 to $1000 for expanding existing singing groups to include older people.
  • Category 2 - $1001 to $7000 for creating a new singing group or choir in one location.
  • Category 3 - $7000 to $15,000 for creating or expanding singing groups in multiple locations.

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.

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.

For assistance making an application contact the Australian National Choral Association on (03) 9254 1019, or email admin@anca.org.au .

Grant applications close on Friday, August 18 at 5pm.