Artists and industry bigwigs come together to draw attention to youth crises in Australian communities on Musicians Making a Difference Day.
On Friday, October 15, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, UK producer Joel Corry, songwriters Calum Scott, Thandi Phoenix and Canadian Jessia are among the artists who team up to support the charity for Young Musicians. Making A Difference (MMAD).
Industry heavyweights who will also participate include Universal Music Australia, ARN, iHeartRadio, Pedestrian.TV, Brag Media, Spotify, Yahoo, Tik Tok, Twitch, Network Ten, MTV, APRA AMCOS, AIM, Sony Foundation, Kaimera & UnLtd.
The collective effort is a creative response to youth crises in Australian communities in light of over 26,400 reports of child abuse and neglect that take place each year, 27,680 homeless youth each night and suicide which continues to be the leading cause of death. For the young,
The transformative power of music has been harnessed by the association for nearly two decades to break down barriers and reach young people in need through social support and creative therapy, nationwide.
On this Musicians Making a Difference Day, they hope to help raise awareness of the cause that transforms young lives through music by dedicating a song to someone in need on Friday, October 15 with the hashtag #ThisSongIsForYou and the tag @mmadaustralia.
The annual Musicians Making A Difference Day campaign, now in its seventh year, coincides with Mental Health Awareness Month and is inspired by young people who have overcome personal adversity with the support of the charity and are now able to give back as a voice for others.
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“MMAD Day showed me that I was not alone. It is the best day for young people in difficulty. By sharing lyrics to songs that got you through tough times, you might be helping another young person feel the same way, ”said April, MMAD graduate.
Young people supported by the association suffer mentally, physically, emotionally, socially or financially from challenges related to childhood experiences.
For many, the ability to express their emotions through lyrics, find meaning in music, belong to the community, and receive specialist support through mentoring can help them not only survive, but also to learn to flourish.
You can help connect young people to MMAD by tagging @MMADAustralia with your dedication to the song on your social media.
For more information, see the Musicians Making A Difference website.