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Music: Count Us In is Australia’s biggest schools initiative, where students across the country sing the same
song, on the same day, at the same time.

Each year, Music: Count Us In brings more than half a million people together in song, with a Celebration
Day that reaches into every corner of the country. From Bendigo to Bourke, Dubbo to Darwin, Halls Creek
to Hobart, Port Augusta to Port Douglas, young people sing the song that stops the nation.
Music: Count Us In exists to advocate for and celebrate music in Australian schools. In 2017, our national
Celebration Day will be held on Thursday 2 November where students all around the country will sing this
year’s song ‘Shine Together’.
The Program Song was collaboratively written by Sadie Mustoe (VIC), Makayla Forbes (NSW), Elliena Escott
(QLD), Marcus and Tiffany Yeo (QLD) – 5 very lucky and talented students from around Australia that worked
in collaboration with Program Ambassador, John Foreman OAM, and Program Mentor, Taylor Henderson.
Taylor Henderson has achieved incredible success since first coming to the attention of the music industry
and Australian public in late 2013. Within a year, he launched his career with a #1 single (‘Borrow My Heart’,
certified double-platinum), a Top 5 single (‘When You Were Mine’, certified platinum), and two #1 ARIA
albums. Taylor is a genuine musician whose truth is at the heart of his music. Taylor has announced an
Australian tour for September/October.
“Songs are OUR stories and Australian songs define our unique culture. I am thrilled to be helping mentor a
new generation create great music.” Taylor said of his involvement with Music: Count Us In.
Music: Count Us In launched in July and with more than 3,400 schools already registered for 2017, this will
definitely be the biggest year in history.

Celebration Day is Thursday 2 November 2017 – Mark the date in our diary, now!
Head to the website now to register your school and learn this year’s song ‘Shine Together’
http://musicaustralia.org.au/program/countusin/the-song/2017-program-song/

Danae Effern