Last week, New South Wales based music charity, Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD), celebrated the remarkable achievements of young people whose lives have been turned around through its music and dance mentoring programs at a star studded Red Carpet Awards ceremony.
Held at The Basement in Macquarie Place, Sydney, the Awards are the one occasion each year when MMAD can recognise the kids who have excelled through their programs, as well as thank all of their supporters and the music industry with a dinner and live entertainment.
Over 150 guests attended including many heads of the music industry from the Sony Foundation, Universal Music, Frontier Touring, Apra and EMI. MMAD supporters Justice Crew, Prinnie Stevens, Darryl Beaton and The Potbelleez all attended and performed on the night, with Prinnie being awarded the Musician Making a Difference Award for her contribution to the charity.
She said: “It was an honour to get this award and celebrate the incredible impact of the MMAD charity. Music got me through a lot of really hard times when I was growing up, which is why I really love what MMAD do.”
Five students also graduated from the Star Program, which mentors young people away from troubled times and gives them a career in music and a chance to dream.
CEO of MMAD, Dominic Brook, explains: “At MMAD, we work to support at risk young people who have suffered abuse, neglect and disadvantage to break the negative cycle and strive to make a difference in their communities. Through music, dance and mentoring classes, we are able to help these young people turn their lives around, which is why events such as this, which recognise their hard work and those who have supported us throughout the year, are so important. “
MMAD is a charity organisation which aims to transform the lives of young people through music, dance and mentoring, especially those who may be homeless, traumatised or underachieving in life. MMAD runs over 1,200 free music and dance mentoring programs reaching over 20,000 young people inspiring them to reach their full potential. Programs are held in Brisbane, Central Coast and Sydney.
For further information about MMAD and its programs, visit www.mmad.org.au.
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