On The ABC's 7:30 Report
Dear Aardvark Friends and Supporters,
We are delighted to extend to you an official invitation for the launch of the Aardvark Sessions 2016 debut album, Tangents. Tangents is the culmination of the hard work from the two 2016 Aardvark groups:
The Arks of Destruction and For The Better.
Come and witness these young Aardvarkians showcase their immense talent through performing their moving songs. Their music will take you through their journeys, inspiring you with their melodies, harmonies and rhythms as they cover several genres of music.
Support acts will include past Aardvark Alumni, who have been through the Aardvark Sessions in past years and developed their own music as a result.
Aardvark is a not-for-profit organisation that conducts music programs for people aged 14-24, who love music and have a need to be connected with peers, due to experiencing adversity from chronic illness, mental illness or certain life circumstances.
This CD Launch also serves as a fundraiser - all proceeds made on the night will go directly back into providing the free sessions to those young people who need it. There will be merchandise on sale and a raffle with exciting prizes. You can also pre-order cheese and dips platters.
For Tickets, visit:thornburytheatre.oztix.com.au
We hope to see you there,
Aardvark Creative Director
Aardvark Sessions 2017: 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.
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.
Earlier in 2016:
There are A LOT of exciting things going on at the Aardvark Headquarters. We thought it was time to tell you all about it.
Aardvark's new home from July 2016
Aardvark is excited to announce a new partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne and we will be moving there from July 2016. Arts Centre Melbourne's 'The Channel' offers creative workshops, community events and alternative ways to engage with the arts for schools, families and the general public. It is a beautiful and creative space and we are so excited to be running all Aardvark Sessions and Dig Days at The Channel as of July. We hope this move will make us more accessible to young people all over Melbourne. A huge thankyou to Boroondara Youth Services in Hawthorn for their partnership and support over the past year and a half.
Aardvark's new staff members
We have some new faces among the Aardvark staff team. I am pleased to welcome Music Therapist Lucy Bolger and Musician Tristan Goodall.
Lucy will bring a depth of experience to the Aardvark program. She is a singer and piano player as well as a music therapist and has a passion for working with young people and communities, in fact she recently completed her PhD looking into understanding the collaboration with young people in marginalised communities. Lucy came to Aardvark first as a board member several years ago before she jetted off to India where she has been leading and teaching a music therapy course for the past two years. Welcome back Lucy!
Tristan is well known as a principal songwriter and guitarist for the Australian band The Audreys and has a long history in the music industry with three Arias and a gold record under his belt. He has run songwriting groups for Wild at Heart and APRA among others. He has also written music for film, TV and theatre. When not writing or performing he likes to watch horror movies and play backgammon. We are very excited that Tristan will be joining Music Therapist Lucy Bolger and Aardvark Creative Director Meagan Hunt to facilitate the Aardvark program. Welcome Tristan!
The Aardvark Board
Aardvark also welcomes four new board members to the Aardvark Board. I am so delighted to be working with such a strong and diverse group of people on The Aardvark Board. The new members include: Chris Klingbeil, Founder and Managing Director, Touchstone Consulting: Chair Alistair Brown, CFO for Save the Children’s Fund: Treasurer Baldeep Gill, Senior Financial and Commercial Executive: Board member Hannah Findlay, Guitarist in the band Stonefield: Board member Sarah Findlay, Keyboardist in the band Stonefield: Board member Andrew Dillon, General Counsel, AFL: Board member Cam Macfarlane, Managing Director/ Co-Founder - The Bucha of Byron: Board Member
The Vark Leader Crew
This year we are developing the Vark Leader Crew. This is the first youth advisory board for Aardvark and will be made up of passionate Aardvarkians. Vark Leader Crew members will help shape the Aardvark program, advise the Board on what the Aardvarkians want, present at conferences or for funding bodies and assist facilitating parts of the program. VLC Chair, Britt Elliot, is working on the development with myself, and also Aardvarkian Vincent Chun. If you are keen to get involved please get in touch with us.
Aardvark Session 2016.
We are looking forward to running more Aardvark sessions in 2016. We start a new round of Aardvark Sessions in April, which will be running at the Boroondara Youth Centre in Hawthorn. There will be a new group of participants starting in July for another set of Aardvark sessions to be held at our new home of The Channel at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Each group will head to the recording studio @ 30 Mill with Colin Wynne and also do a performance.
All session participants and Dig Day Aardvark Alumni will then perform at the end of year CD launch so watch out for the date.
Aardvark Alumni Dig Days
The Dig Days is the ongoing monthly program that the new Aardvarkians can join once they have finished their Aardvark sessions. Aardvark Alumni continue to play music, write songs, participate in workshops, do performances and support the new Aardvarkians to get involved. These sessions are monthly on a Monday or Wednesday from 4.30 – 7.30pm.
Without our volunteers we would have a much harder time delivering the program. Aardvark would like to thank Davyd Norris and Mark Blanch for their ongoing commitment to the program. And this year we welcome back Bec Anthony and welcome new volunteer Rory McDougall. We are grateful for your support.
Aardvark is thankful to have the continued financial and in-kind support of Touchstone Consulting and the ongoing financial support of Liberty Financial. Aardvark is always looking for finincial support and welcomes new contacts in this area.
Please get in contact with us for anything related to Aardvark, including referral information.
Aardvark Creative Director
Registered Music Therapist