Music: Count Us In (MCUI) is Australia’s biggest school initiative, with more than 750,000 participating students from over 3,400 schools nationwide. Growing in reach and impact since 2007, the MCUI program exists to support teachers to deliver music in the classroom, addressing a lack of training and experience in this specialist area. Each year students from all over Australia submit their original songs to MCUI’s songwriting competition, with the winners given the opportunity to professionally write and record an original song. This song is then performed hundreds of thousands of Australian school kids on Celebration Day (7 November 2019).
2019 is the 8th year the Why Music Matters campaign has collaborated Music Australia to provide a resource for the MCUI program. We worked with a local animator to bring the song to life through an original short animated film. This year we worked with William Gembitsky to create “We Are” Music: Count Us In 2019.
William is a Sydney-based animator and illustrator; his practice varies from sleek advertising and endearing cartoons, all the way to the zany and psychedelic. You can find more of William’s work on his website.
Music: Count Us In song for 2019
Lyrics and score are by Australian students Sawab Mlalh, Amber Farnan, Roan Nair and Brady Cavanagh. The students received expert guidance from the program’s ambassador and award-winning producer John Foreman OAM, and this year’s music mentor, Australian singer and songwriter Jack River.