The Goodtime Foundation is a registered charity that has been set up by Goodtime Music Academy, in order to provide free music tuition and mentoring to Kiwi kids who would otherwise be unable to access such opportunities.
By supporting The Goodtime Foundation, you can help put a brand new instrument in the hands of a deserving child. You can also know that not only will these young people be developing their music skills, but that every week someone they look up to will be passionately inspiring and investing in them to be all that they can be.
How does the Goodtime Foundation make a difference?
Every week we drive to low decile schools and collect a group of students that have been handpicked by their principals to receive a scholarship with us for free lessons. We bring the students back to our building for an action packed programme.
To keep them focused we provide afternoon tea then play a group game.
Then it’s time to all sit down in front of the stage to hear a leadership talk and a musical item from one of the leaders. This is super exciting because the gap between the kids and the teenagers is only really about 5-8years, so it’s awesome for the kids to see how good they might be on their instrument one day if they continue to work hard.
After that, we move into one-on-one lessons, where children are learning all about how to play their instrument well. Tutors also spend time mentoring their students and encouraging them through anything tough they might be going through. After their individual lessons students then go to their band classes where they get to apply their skills from their lessons in a team situation.
We also work towards making music videos as we learn about recording, filming, lighting and green screens.
We work hard fundraising to purchase an instrument for each of the children to keep, so they can practice at home. Many instruments are also donated from people who have upgraded, or have an unwanted instrument lying around home. If you’d like to get an instrument into the hands of one of our students, we’d love to hear from you!
Our team is made up of top students from Goodtime Music Academy who donate one afternoon/evening per week to make a massive difference in these kids lives.
This is a double edged leadership programme, because the teenagers volunteering are learning all about what it means to be a great teacher, mentor and leader; and the children are receiving free music lessons and mentoring too. Those that really shine amongst our volunteers also have the opportunity to apply for part time paid positions with the academy.
More photo’s below…
Want to help?
If you would like to support the work we are doing, then we would love to hear from you. The best way is to email Jonny Wilson - Jonny@gtma.co.nz
Our biggest needs are:
- Help with funding afternoon tea each week - We’re not fancy but it does cost a lot to feed everyone.
- Transport - We’re currently limited by the number of drivers and vans we have available.
- Instruments - Either donated instruments, or money towards instruments we can buy new/second hand to give away.
- For those that understand nothing like this can happen without thousands of administrative hours, then you’ll know this is the least ‘cool’ thing to fund so it’s the toughest to find support for. But, it really is the key to unlocking this opportunity for more kids in need. So if you’d like to find out how you can help, we’d love to hear from you.
Our bank details are as follows: Goodtime Foundation 06-0773-0356789-00
If you have another way you’d like to help us, please feel free to send us a message anytime. Email Jonny Wilson at: Jonny@gtma.co.nz
Here’s what the mayor has to say about us…..
This opportunity would not be available if it wasn’t for our amazing volunteers who sacrafice so much time for these kids to have these amazing musical experiences.
If you’re a teenage musician and you want to apply to join our team, then email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an info pack.
Here’s a few more behind the scenes pictures of our team at work……
Want to help?
If you'd like make a donation, or help in any other way, please send us a message any time.