Introducing: Music For Canberra!


The Amalgamation Working Party has reviewed all the fantastic suggestions from our staff workshop and the members Facebook competition and after trying a few on for size have settled on…


The decision was based on a number of factors including the current branding and strong existing community reputations of both organisations, and the purpose of the new entity. We think “Music for Canberra” fits the bill nicely!

The Amalgamation Working Party is making good progress and have achieved some major milestones in the last 6 weeks. They have decided to keep as many of our programs and ensembles as possible going for now and review these later in 2015, so current members will experience minimal disruption. The proposed program structure will incorporate and build upon the current programs and ensembles of both MFE and CYM, and what this will offer members is a wider range of choices and flexibility to move through and between options. More information will be circulated as the Working Party finalise further aspects of the program.

It has been a busy couple of months, but the Working Party have made a big leap forward and now it’s full steam ahead to the finish line. Keep your eye on our website for updates!

Remember, if you have any questions you can refer to any member of the Working Party or contact Sharon Costigan on 0402 148 778.

Renovation information!

As many of you know, we’re moving out of the Ainslie Arts Centre in Term 4 as Capitol Works renovate the Centre for a Term 1 2015 reopening.

We have prepared a page of everything you’ll need to navigate our alternate Term 4 venues, so check out our renovation information page, and you can also read our latest member newsletter online here to stay up to date with our news!


During the renovation, we will be communicating any last minute changes (eg if your teacher is away sick) via mobile, so please ensure the office has your current mobile number on file!

MFE & CYM merge update

The “What will we call it?” naming campaign:

We closed our joint Facebook competition on 30th July and received a number of really good suggestions! These suggestions have been passed to the Amalgamation Working Party for consideration.
The Facebook competition also had a prize for the name with the most votes: this was won by Chayla Ueckert-Smith with her suggestion of Canberra Music Institute, complete with logo and musical description of the name! Very creative – well done Chayla.

Update from the Working Party:

The Amalgamation Working Party is making good progress and has been working on a Strategic 5-year Business Plan, including financial planning and reviewing the business operations that could be the most efficient and effective for the new organisation. So, whilst there is a lot going on behind the scenes there are no firm decisions to announce just yet.

Remember, if you have any questions you can refer to any member of the working party or contact Sharon 0402 148 778.

…and the winner is…


Thank you to all those who suggested names in the competition to name our new organisation – we were so inspired by the ideas you came up with! We are pleased to announce that the winner of the $50 iTunes voucher is Chayla Ueckert-Smith – congratulations for achieving the most votes!
A short-list of suggested names has been passed on to our Working Party for consideration – watch this space to see whether they select your suggestion, or a combination of names, or something inspired by one of the ideas…


The Worst Band in the Universe!

Our office staff attended the preview of Canberra Youth Theatre & Music For Everyone’s collaborative musical, Graeme Base’s ‘The Worst Band in the Universe’ today – and we can report back that it was ROCKIN! The music is fantastic (biased, us?), and the acting (and dance moves!) superb. Click the picture for performance dates & tickets:



Our CEO, Toni Maxfield, had this to say about the project:
“Music For Everyone is very excited to be able to team up with Canberra Youth Theatre to present “The Worst Band in the Universe”.  One of the benefits of sharing the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres with so many other creative organisations, is that it supports the kind of spontaneous tea-room discussions that can lead to such exciting collaborative projects such as this one.  We love sharing our passion for creating new music with the community, so when CYT reached out for some young rock musicians, it was the perfect chance to pool the combined talents of our young members.
It has been a great opportunity for Music For Everyone’s Rock Academy students to broaden their experience and dip their toes into the world of musical theatre!   It was a challenging but fun task for our band to to re-create Base’s original musical soundtrack. A huge thanks goes to our dedicated team of teachers, led by Rock Academy coordinator Michelle Forman, for supporting our students throughout this project.”

And from Canberra Youth Theatre’s Artistic Director, Karla Conway:
“Canberra Youth Theatre, together with our partners Music For Everyone, are so pleased to welcome you to C Block Theatre for the ACT premiere of Graeme Base’s The Worst Band in the Universe – a pan-galactic musical adventure! This is a brilliant and humorous play with music, which recognizes the sophisticated and vast creativity of our youngest members of the company, as they take the path less travelled through space and time, in search for their own creative self-expression. CYT could not be more excited to share this journey with our collaborators – the young musicians from Music For Everyone’s Rock Academy! These inspirational musicians have composed a brand new score for the show with the support of Music Director Michelle Foreman, while our actors have created their own brand new interpretation of the book, guided by the experienced hand of director, Cathy Roach. It has been brilliant to share this journey with our friends at Music for Everyone and hope through our show, you all find the courage to release your own creative potential to the world, no matter how old you are!”

Music Jam! Friday 18th July 10:30am

If you or someone you know is living with a disability, we welcome you (and your family/carers) to come along to MFE’s Music Jam event, a culmination of the musical projects that students have been working on in our Mixed Abilities Program. This event is free and is open to not only existing MFE members, but also to those who may be interested in joining one of our Mixed Abilities Music groups and would like to get a feel for what we do. Friday 18th July, 10:30am at the Ainslie Arts Centre (Main Hall).


What will we call it?


CYM and MFE have formed a working party to amalgamate our programs into one leading provider of musical participation and experiences in Canberra, for young & old and everyone in between.

This new organisation needs a name!

So…we are launching a ‘crowd-sourcing’ name competition!

  1. Follow this link to the competition on our Facebook page
  2. Write your suggestion for the new organisation in the comments section
  3. Don’t forget to check back and see what others have put up and
  4. Click LIKE to VOTE on your favourite/s
  5. The top 10 names with the most LIKES will be shortlisted for the Working Party’s consideration
  6. The name with the most LIKES will win a $50 iTunes Voucher!

Don’t have a Facebook account? No problem – email your suggestion to or so we can put it up on the Facebook page and the public can vote on your idea!

Competition closes 25 July 2014

Remember, if you have any questions you can refer to any member of the working party or contact Sharon Costigan on 0402 148 778.

MFE & CYM amalgamation


CYM and MFE have formed a working party to amalgamate our programs into one leading provider of musical participation and experiences in Canberra.

The Working Party members are:

  • Marian Budos    CYM president
  • Julian Hunt          CYM
  • Laura Beacroft   CYM
  • Anne Buck          MFE president
  • Michael Johns   MFE
  • Andrew Bailey   MFE
  • Bob Rodgers      Invited independent member
  • Sharon Costigan has been engaged to be the Project officer and facilitate this amalgamation under the direction of the working party. Sharon has a background in Human Resources Management and Organisational Development.

The aim is to commence operations as a new single entity by 1 January 2015. This is a tight time frame and is going to take a lot of work, but we are very excited about the possibilities and potential this joining of forces will offer.

We will ask the membership for suggestions and support as we move through this process – so watch this space to find out how you can be involved! You can also contact Sharon on or call 0402 148 778

The Working Party see great possibilities and opportunities for this new organisation to provide participation and experience in music through a variety of programs – we invite you to join us on this exciting journey!