Musicians Making A Difference

With 1 in 10 young people disengaged from education, employment or training, 1 in 4 young people report they suffer from a mental health condition and suicide standing as the leading cause of death for young Australians aged 15-24, an increasing number of young people in Australia are facing numerous challenges to their wellbeing and future.

Musicians Making A Difference uses the healing power of music, dance and mentoring to inspire young people to make their lives remarkable.

Sony Foundation funds for MMAD’s life-changing ‘Catch A Falling STAR Program’ Catch A Falling STAR is an intensive and innovative music and mentoring program designed to assist young people, aged 15-21, who face challenges of homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, unemployment, mental illness, neglect and abuse. The program is designed to break negative and destructive cycles by uncovering the potential of young STARs.

MMAD intervenes in the lives of young people when they are at risk of danger or harm, connects them with a strong network of support, and helps them to rise up as strong individuals within the community.  Through this incredibly powerful program, young STARs often experience their first sense of family, of belief and of feeling safe enough to work through their vulnerability towards their potential.

For some, this program has already saved their lives. MMAD mentors have begun deep, transformative mentoring with these STARs; uncovering disguised trauma and working through ways to heal, move forward and challenge complex problem behaviours that are preventing them from fulfilling their dreams.

Fast Facts

  • With Sony Foundation funding MMAD is able to completely transform over 20 young lives every year across NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia with their Catch a Falling STAR program.
  • 80% of all young people who have come through the mentoring program as participants went on to engage with the MMAD charity as young volunteer leaders.
  • 90% of STARs have improved living situations.
  • 100% of STARs worked on improving their emotional, social, physical and mental wellbeing.
  • 100% of young people claim to have improved general health and safety since the program.