An opening concert fundraiser hosted by the Rotary Club of Taree will take place on Friday November 6, 2020, between 7pm and 9pm at the new Rotary/Lions Manning RiverStage at Queen Elizabeth Park.
The event will showcase the magnificent foreshore entertainment space - but its primary aim is to raise funds to support the incredible work of The Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF) within the Taree Schools Group.
Pending government regulations, the event will see as many people gather along the banks of the river as restrictions permit.
To allow for greater access and donations, the concert will be made available online via live Stream-a-thon, enabled by Pluto Entertainment.
Acts are being finalised and at this time include Rob Mills, Don Spencer, Darren Jack, James Johnston, Jake Davey, KEANU JAI LIVE, Cassidy Donovan, Three Goodfellas and ACMF students.
The Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF) is a not-for-profit organisation inspiring creativity and imagination by providing weekly music education classes and instruments to disadvantaged children and youth at risk throughout Australia.
The ACMF has been delivering life-changing music programs to Manning Schools for almost a decade at: Chatham High School, Chatham Public, Manning Gardens, Taree High, and Taree Public - with the continued support of Manning Valley Rotary Clubs.
The charity was founded in 2002, by singer/songwriter and talented entertainer, Don Spencer OAM. Through Don's work a presenter on the TV show "Play School", he was struck by the incredible potential that music has to engage children, and improve a child's quality of life.
Local teachers, Matt Zarb, Brad Bunyan and Stuart Lovell motivate, educate, and inspire school children through a broad variety of music tuition, such as singing and song-writing, percussion, drumming, guitar tuition, the forming of schools bands, and music for special needs units.
The ACMF recently introduced a bushfire relief music program, to aid the healing and recovery of children and families affected.
Don Spencer will be present at "The Show Must Go On" concert - accompanied by a line-up of other outstanding local music acts and talent from the Mid-North coast region.
The concert gives local audiences an opportunity to contribute to a very important cause: benefiting the emotional and mental health of children, through music.