Classic Sounds Orchestra is a community organisation that started hosting
‘Meet the Instrument’ workshops at schools after receiving a COVID recovery grant.
The City of Armadale has allocated $40,000 in their annual budget over 2020/21 to extend community grants in response to COVID-19.
These grants are offered exclusively to activities and groups dedicated to reviving community services, sports and recreation, promoting wellbeing and enable the community to resume active and connected lives.
Classic Sounds Orchestra received a $5000 grant from the City of Armadale through the COVID recovery grant program.
Musical Director at Classic Sound Orchestra, Rachel John, said the City of Armadale recommended the orchestra apply for the COVID recovery grant as their project created self-belief for people who needed it.
The orchestra hires special guests to perform to students at school’s, supporting music teachers and assisting in covering the arts component of curriculum.
“Learning about orchestral instruments is part of the school curriculum for year four, five and six students,” Ms John explained.
“Meet the Instrument is all about meeting the instruments of the orchestra. The concert supports music teachers and assists to cover the arts component of the school curriculum.”
The money from the grant created paid work for musicians in the area through the concerts.
“Through this project, we provide paid work to local entertainers who have suffered deeply through COVID,” Ms John said.
“COVID has hit so many different facets of people within the population and I think that’s why this grant is so poignant for uplifting our local community.”
Individuals are not eligible to apply for the COVID recovery grant category of funding but not-for-profits, incorporated organisations or organisations which are an incorporated organisation are encouraged to apply.
For more information on the COVID recovery grants visit https://www.armadale.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/assets/documents/docs/Community_Development/Covidgrant.pdf.