Greens Call for Encore for The Jam, The Mix, The Gig

An iconic community arts mental health program called The Jam, The Mix, The Gig (The JMG) has lost state government ($26,000 pa) funding vital to its continuance.

An iconic community arts mental health program called The Jam, The Mix, The Gig (The JMG) has lost state government ($26,000 pa) funding vital to its continuance.

Greens Arts and Mental Health spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC moved a motion in Parliament today calling on the Government to commit to finding a way to keep the program going.

“It’s often said music soothes the savage beast. Well, it’s also proven to be an avenue for positive mental health outcomes – and The Jam, the Mix, The Gig was doing just that for many South Australians,” Ms Franks said.

“Offering jam (skills), mix (group feedback) and performance sessions, this program previously operated through a shared funding arrangement, with funds coming from both the SA Mental Health and Substance Abuse program and Arts SA’s Arts Organisation (Disability) program.

“While I appreciate there are many worthy recipients of Arts SA funding, this important program is now in serious jeopardy.

“More than two-thirds of its funding ($26,000) came from Arts SA, and without The JMG, the people who rely on this program for community connections, self-expression and personal skills development will miss out.

“Already almost 400 people have signed a petition that was forwarded to Minister Snelling in February.

“The Greens now call on the Weatherill Government to act swiftly to ensure this program can survive and flourish by working with stakeholders, including Arts SA, to explore alternative funding pathways,” Ms Franks concluded.

The Jam, The Mix, The Gig (The JMG) is a program created by an Adelaide composer and musical director in April 2002, following the success of integrated mental health band, the Fine Lines Band. The JMG runs a 12 month program of music workshop sessions and performances.

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