Domino’s Give for Good supports Rock’s Cool

Domino’s Give for Good has provided a $5,000 grant to the Rock’s Cool program at the University of Canberra (UC) to help kickstart the careers of young, disadvantaged musicians.

The grant will help musicians set themselves up as sole traders, so they can start making an income from their music.

Domino’s Director of Giving John Harney said Domino’s is passionate about supporting education and young adult initiatives in the community.

“We’re excited to get behind this amazing program as it supports young musicians to make connections, learn new skills, and improve their understanding of business and the music industry,” Mr Harney said.

“There are people with a variety of backgrounds and different skill levels participating in Rock’s Cool, and the grant allows the program to be extended to younger people and offer this to 17-year-olds who are looking to start a career in music.   

“The franchisees of the local store, Chad Cable and David Hutchinson, from Domino’s Bruce also support the program on a local level by providing pizzas to keep the budding musicians going during the weekly workshops every Thursday night.

“At Domino’s, we strive to give back to the communities in which we operate. We are passionate about supporting programs that provide opportunities for young adults aged 17-25 to gain work experience, learn new skills and connect socially with their peers.

“We have chosen this age group specifically as we want to support the next generation of adults in Australia and inspire future entrepreneurs, scholars, leaders and creatives.

“Rock’s Cool is a fantastic initiative and one Domino’s is very proud to support.”

The program was established by UC student Rohan Reece, who is in his final year studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music.

“Rock’s Cool helps young people to make connections and meet other musicians,” Rohan said.

“It lets them express their creativity, so we have not only rock groups participating, but also other genres like Latin jazz, acoustic and blues – many of these groups would not have formed if they didn’t meet through the program.”

University of Canberra Senior Lecturer Diane Phillips said Rock’s Cool was delighted to receive the support from Domino’s Give for Good.  

“It’s fantastic to receive the Give for Good grant as it will allow us to continue supporting young musicians in their careers,” Ms Phillips said.

“People donate musical instruments, which we restore for the students to use, and run workshops such as how to put new strings on a guitar.

“Through the program, they have access to UC business interns who help them to develop a website and establish a social media profile, so they can start marketing themselves and build a reputation while they are still studying.

“The students also get one-on-one mentoring to discuss their goals and how to achieve them, plus access to an online music course to further their skills, free of charge.”

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Sophie Cuffe