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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Minister sings new tune for nationwide music celebrations

Media release
PG /353
22 October 2009

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today joined hundreds of thousands of school students from across the nation to sing a new song written by four NSW secondary school students, as part of Music. Count Us In 2009.

Students from all states and territories, including from the ACT who gathered on the lawns of Parliament House, raised their voices in unison at 11:30am (AEDT) to sing The Music is Everything - a new song written by four NSW high school students.

"This is a great initiative and I was really pleased to again have the opportunity to join John Foreman, the band and most importantly the thousands of kids across the country that have been rehearsing this song for weeks so they could be part of this event.

"The Government has proudly partnered with Music. Count Us In again this year to raise the status and importance of music and arts education in schools," Mr Garrett said.

"I was very pleased that the nation's education ministers agreed to the addition of the arts in the national curriculum at their April meeting.

"Their decision, like this great Music. Count Us In event, recognises the importance of the arts, in all its forms, in the development of young minds."

Mr Garrett said with funding support from the Government the Music. Count Us In initiative would see more than 900 teachers update and increase their music skills.

The Minister also congratulated students, teachers and families on their involvement and thanked them for their support of Music. Count Us In 2009.

The program is managed by the Music Council of Australia. Visit www.musiccountusin.org.au  for more information.

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