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Aardvark Sessions 2018: Referrals Open

Aardvark is a songwriting program for young people aged 14-24 who love music and want to connect with others like them. Aardvark is especially for young people who are at risk, disengaged, or experiencing adversity and therefore unable to access music opportunities.

Aardvark brings together a music therapist, a musician-in-residence and industry professionals to work with the young people in a weekly group. The program is driven by passion, inclusion and an emphasis on community. The music therapist and musician-in-residence take the participants (Aardvarkians) through every step involved in song writing, music arrangement, recording and production, and creation of digital and public performance.

Through this supported group process, participants connect with each other and share their experiences along the way. The aim is that those involved in the program develop invaluable musical skills, self-confidence, support and friendships. Past participants of Aardvark describe this as a unique and life changing experience.

The program is for young people who experience:
-    A chronic medical condition
-    Mental health issues
-    Unstable home life
-    Significant/acute life challenges  

To be eligible to take part in the Aardvark Sessions 2017 program young people must also:
-    Be aged between 14 and 24
-    Be linked in with a health or community support person or organisation
-    Be passionate about music
-    Want to connect with other young people with similar experiences
-    Want to play music and write songs
-    It is a bonus to already play an instrument, but it is not a pre-requisite.

Participation in the program is free, but spaces are limited.  Enrolment involves a pre-program meeting for each potential participant. Committed participation is expected of Aardvarkians and a detailed schedule of the sessions will be provided upon acceptance into the program. Question and clarification are welcome at any time.

Session Details:
The sessions run from February to June on Mondays, 4.30 – 7.30pm at The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne. Included is a professional recording and performance opportunities throughout the year.  After the Aardvark Sessions are completed participants can join the Aardvark Alumni monthly Dig Day program and stay connected with this vibrant community.

For more information and a referral form, contact us.

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