Music makes a community.

Developing music communities in remote and
regional Australia since 2012.

Music, it changes you.
It changes your life and how you see things.

Warren Foster Jnr
Wallaga Lake, Yuin Country NSW

Making an impact through music.

Grow the Music is a social enterprise working to support and promote musicians from First Nations communities and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. 

500+
instruments donated
50+
Community concerts
700+
songs recorded
3000+
people engaged in workshops

What we do.

Despite our different languages, cultural practices and histories, the universal language of music connects us. Everyone feels a sense of belonging when music is made together.

remote community projects

Intergenerational music development programs, music leadership, recording, community performances & events.

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Music Development Workshops

Songwriting, recording, singing, drumming, rock band, performances, mentoring in schools and community spaces.

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music events & festivals

We work in partnership with organisations to deliver seamless & successful live music events & festivals.

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audio production services

Our GTM studio is located in Coffs Harbour, but we can also bring our mobile recording services to you.

Visit our Studio

"After 37 years working in community services, Lizzy and Em from Grow the Music are, in my opinion, the most amazing trainers I have worked with and the outcomes they achieve are brilliant. Anyone who engages Grow the Music will see the magic they weave."

Dianne Jacobus

Youth Community Development Officer, STARTTS NSW

We believe anyone
can create music.

Our Mission is to impact positively on the holistic wellbeing, including cultural, social, artistic, emotional, economic and political wellbeing of Indigenous and migrant individuals, families and communities through the medium of music.

Our goals are to enable communities to have access to ongoing quality music education and to facilitate sustainable community music projects and spaces.

We aim to promote Indigenous and migrant music to Australia and Internationally, and support quality musical performances for all GTM beneficiaries.

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Wes Slater Instrument Donation Program

Can you donate an instrument?

Everytime we work with a community, we also offer a range of instruments to program participants, thanks to the Wes Slater Instrument Donation Program.

If you would like to support a budding musican who doesn’t have the means or access to buy an instrument, donate one today!

Since 2012, we have been re-homed over 500 second hand instruments to musicians in need.

Help us take your pre-loved instrument to a new home. We appreciate donations of new and used music equipment in all major cities.

Mutitijulu Community
Uluru, NT

In 2017 & 2018, Grow the Music worked in the ULURU community of Mutitjulu to provide CDP activities and support community events. During the first program, we were joined by Master percussionist Greg Sheehan. Together we worked with many community members including music leaders Kimberley Taylor and David Moneymoon. GTM spent the next 2 years building relationships in Mutitjulu to engage young men and women in music, art, film-making and local performances.  

Kimberley and David helped to form the Mutitjulu band, who worked hard for several weeks before travelling with GTM to Alice Springs to play at the Araluen Arts Centre. They then went on to perform at the Mutitjulu Naidoc event, and Voyagers resort in Yulara.

A stroke of luck came in 2018, when ABC producers saw footage of the band during the GTM program and offered them a life changing opportunity to travel to Sydney for the ABC’s Recording Studio T.V series. The rest is history!

Volunteering & Donation Opportunities

We’re looking for donations & volunteers for our recording studio in Coffs Harbour NSW, and for our remote community projects across Australia.

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Yes, we have our own studio!

Our boutique audio production studio is nestled in Toormina - between Coffs Harbour and Sawtell on the NSW East Coast.

Featuring high quality production software, a range of microphones, instruments, engineers and music producers; our clients can enjoy a full service studio, including a live recording room, voice-over booth, isolated drum room and a separate kitchen/dining area.

Aboriginal man in the GTM studios vocal booth.