Concert fundraises for music therapy
Kiwi musicians are banding together for a worthy cause.
The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in Grey Lynn provides services to children and young adults with special needs, but crucial funding is needed to continue its work.
Without any statutory funding the centre needs to raise $750,000 a year to cover its operating costs.
Artists including Smashproof, Stan Walker and Troy Kingi have joined the WAIATA showcase to help raise the much needed funds.
Organiser Hinewehi Mohi says she feels privileged to showcase this lineup.
‘‘We have stunning talent from some of Aotearoa’s finest new voices and from those who have created our musical history,’’ she says.
The centre sees an average of 200 children and adolescents come through its doors each week and is looking to expand.
It is the only centre in New Zealand providing this kind of music therapy and executive director Carol White says hundreds of young people have seen the programme’s benefits.
‘‘The benefits of the work we do impacts not only on the individual clients we work with, but also their families, friends, schoolmates, and the wider communities,’’ she says.
‘‘Many of our special needs clients are very isolated . . . [we] provide each and every one of our clients with an ability to participate and interact with their community and to feel positive and proud of who they are.’’
The centre also provides 13 music therapy outreach programmes from Whangaparaoa to Point England.
‘‘We are aiming to launch programmes in South Auckland later this year or early next year, but require further funding support to enable us to do so,’’ White says.
The WAIATA showcase is two parts. The first performances were May 16 and 17 and two further performances are scheduled for May 29 and 30 at the Vodafone Events Centre.
‘‘All ticket sale proceeds from the concerts are being donated directly to the centre to help change lives through music,’’ White says.