JAM SESSION: Matt Peters plays a few tunes for Foxy on Coolum owner Ilana McBain and her daughter Zhara, 12.
JAM SESSION: Matt Peters plays a few tunes for Foxy on Coolum owner Ilana McBain and her daughter Zhara, 12. Warren Lynam

The club where kids learn music, use instruments for free

FOXY on Coolum is a hub for the beachside town's musicians.

They meet for a drink, have a jam, and now their latest project will connect children with musical opportunities.

The newly formed Foxtroters Alliance will give children from all over the Coast an opportunity give any instrument a go, without creating a financial burden for their parents.

One of the venture's masterminds Ilana McBain said there were no limitations on who they were willing to help get their foot in the door.

"The kids just can walk in and say they want to learn, they're in,” she said.

The Foxtroters Alliance will connect children across the Coast with donated instruments, musical mentors and performances, and fund lessons.

"It's their passion, sometimes they just can't find the skills and resources,” Ms McBain said.

She described team member Matt Peters as a "powerhouse” in setting up the alliance and growing their vision.

"It's a program connecting youth to music to create a community,” he said.

Cooran musician Emma Tomlinson said it was important to expose kids from a young age.

"The younger we seek out talent the better.”

Ms McBain doesn't expect anything to come for free, and hoped to use the alliance to help fund some of the lessons.

"We will see where it goes, and we're always open for ideas,” she said.

If you can offer help, contact the Foxtroter's Alliance on Facebook.


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