The South Burnett Community Orchestra will run the event and mentor the workshop attendees.
The South Burnett Community Orchestra will run the event and mentor the workshop attendees. Jessica McGrath

Hitting the right note of support for musicians

SOUTH Burnett musicians will be taking the opportunity to flex their creative and leadership muscles while assisting their community through the drought.

A $38,800 Federal Government grant through the Tackling Tough Times Together initiative, will help them achieve this.

Maranoa member David Littleproud said the group welcomed the funding for the project. 

"Musicians of all standards are welcome to attend free workshops hosted by the South Burnett Community Orchestra and play in two concerts," he said.

The orchestra has been allocated $19,000 to cover expenses for musical workshops in Kingaroy and Chinchilla, giving musicians in the drought-affected region the opportunity to develop skills.

The funding also supports curriculum and promotional activities to target drought affected families to participate.

"I'm happy that musicians of all levels will have this opportunity to learn and gain valuable experience with tutors and specialists from Brisbane," Mr Littleproud said.

Musicians of any age who are at least AMEB level one standard are welcomed to the workshops led by several specialist tutors and conductors, along with mentors from the community orchestra.

"I'm pleased that any funds raised at the concerts will be donated to a non-profit that supports farmers through the hardship of drought," he said.

The South Burnett Leadership Program has been allocated $19,800 to cover accommodation, catering, equipment hire and administration support and facilitators fees.

"A resilient community is one that can turn the tables on a disaster efficiently and strong leadership is a pre-requisite for any town to overcome a hurdle," he said.

"The number speak for themselves, the program is now in its sixth year and includes over 100 alumni."

Tackling Tough Times Together has been designed to provide support for projects identified as important to the survival and future prosperity of small, drought-affected Australian communities.

The aim of this funding support is to enhance community health, well being, and make way for locals across Maranoa to get involved as volunteers and support organisations that give back to the community.

For more information about the workshops email sborchestra@hotmail.com.