Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) is an Australian charity that is changing young lives through music. MMAD uses the healing power of music, dance and mentoring to inspire young people to make their lives remarkable.
In 2016, Sony Foundation announced funding for MMAD’s life-changing ‘Catch A Falling STAR Program’ and celebrated with a launch at the Sony Music office.
Catch A Falling STAR is an intensive and innovative music and mentoring program designed to assist young people, aged 15-21, who face challenges of homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, unemployment, mental illness, neglect and abuse. The program is designed to break negative and destructive cycles by uncovering the potential of young STARs.
MMAD intervenes in the lives of young people when they are at risk of danger or harm, connects them with a strong network of support, and helps them to rise up as strong individuals within the community. Through this incredibly powerful program, young STARs often experience their first sense of family, of belief and of feeling safe enough to work through their vulnerability towards their potential.
For some, this program has already saved their lives. MMAD mentors have begun deep, transformative mentoring with these STARs; uncovering disguised trauma and working through ways to heal, move forward and challenge complex problem behaviours that are preventing them from fulfilling their dreams.
The Catch A Falling STAR Program involves a three-day ‘Battle Camp’, away from the struggles and temptations of every day life. At Battle Camp, mentors ensure STARs are given love, support, training and the necessary tools to create a better life.