APRA AMCOS donates to a range of charities across Australia, including a mix of locally-based and national reaching organisations. The majority of our supported charities have a link to using music to better people's lives and strengthening cultural identities.

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia

APRA AMCOS is a major supporter of Nordoff-Robbins, a charitable organisation that promotes and develops the understanding, training and practice of creative music therapy. This therapy builds quality of life for those with intellectual and physical disabilities by giving an outlet of expression, improving speech and motor skills and offering social interaction. 
As part of this support, we facilitate:

Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition

In 2016, the competition raised $200,000 from the $50 entrance fee, all of which went to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

Art of Music

Art of Music auctions artworks by leading Australian artists that are inspired by songs. APRA AMCOS has bought artworks from these auctions including Ben Quilty’s portrait of Silverchair’s Daniel Johns. The funds raised support the work of Nordoff-Robbins.

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Support Act Limited

Founded by APRA AMCOS, ARIA and PPCA, Support Act Limited provides financial relief and help to members of the Australian music industry who are in need or suffering hardship, illness or distress.

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Golden Stave

For more than 30 years, the Golden Stave lunch has brought together the Australian music industry to raise money for child-oriented charities. And for nearly 20 years, the Golden Stave Golf Day has seen industry figures tee off in further support.

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Smugglers of Light Foundation

Eli Westlake aged 21, was tragically killed in Sydney on 7 June, 2008.

At the suggestion of his friends and in honour of Eli, his family have established the Smugglers of Light Foundation to provide assistance to young Indigenous musicians and youth at risk. Smuggles of Light run programs that take film makers and musicians to Indigenous and "at risk" communities to develop songwriting, storytelling, musicianship and performance skills. 

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Yothu Yindi Foundation

The Yothu Yindi Foundation was established in 1990 to promote Yolngu cultural development with community leaders and persons of authority from five regional clan groups.

The mission of the Yothu Yindi Foundation is for Yolngu and other Indigenous Australians to have the same level of wellbeing and life opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians. The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable public benevolent institution, with an all-Yolngu Board of Directors. All revenues to the Foundation go to the infrastructure and delivery of its cultural, health, arts, education and economic programs. 

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Musicians Making A Difference

Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) Inc is an Australian charity that exits to change young lives through music! MMAD uses the power of music, dance & mentoring to inspire young people to make their lives remarkable.

They provide creative support to young people, especially those who have suffered emotional abuse, neglect and disadvantage, in overcoming challenges such as homelessness, destructive patterns of behaviour, exclusion from school, family breakdown, drug and alcohol dependency, unemployment and reoffending. Their goal is not only to break negative cycles but strive to empower young people to go on and make their own difference within the community


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