The Tony Foundation
Our values in action
©Photo/Image courtesy of A Sound Life
©Photo/Image courtesy of A Sound Life
The Tony
To enable
positive outcomes
through music.


An Albert family initiative since 2012

The Tony Foundation improves the lives of young Australians through music. Established in 2012, we work with pioneers using music in innovative ways to create change. This built on an existing philanthropic spirit within the family business which has supported numerous charitable initiatives throughout its history. The foundation is named in memory of fourth generation Albert family member Anthony (Tony) Alexis Albert, who passed unexpectedly in 2000.

How we help

Our mission is to improve lives through music

We partner with organisations who use music to improve life outcomes for marginalised youth, youth experiencing mental health and well-being challenges and Indigenous youth, by offering grants, loans, advice and networks.

©Photo/Image courtesy of Musica Viva

What makes an impactful partnership

We believe in the ability of music to change lives and seek out organisations who can make that happen. We’re on the lookout for groups who:

  • Have a long-term vision built on passion and are looking for partners to help make it reality
  • Are open to growth, not just capital injections, and welcome our strategic input and guidance
  • Are committed to measuring outcomes, not just outputs, and are willing to work with us to put this in place
  • Can clearly articulate their current needs, and how those align to strategic long-term goals
  • Do things with integrity and are able to meet the standards we demand of ourselves
©Photo/Image courtesy of Musica Viva
©Photo/Image courtesy of Musica Viva

Who we work with

One Vision Productions

MPOWER is Australia’s largest mental health toolkit and online educational resource. This revolutionary platform adapts One Vision Productions’ proven approach to youth engagement for changing learning environments.


Supporting the Generations program: a culturally responsive and consultative initiative using song and storytelling as a vehicle for reconnecting elders and young people.

Carriageworks – Solid Ground

provides education, training and employment pathways in the arts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

A Sound Life

transforming the lives of people in need, improving their health, well-being and happiness through music, yoga and meditation.

Australian Children’s Music Foundation

providing free, long-term music programs and instruments to disadvantaged and Indigenous children across Australia, inspiring creativity and imagination while nurturing self-esteem and confidence.

Musica Viva

supporting the development of music education in disadvantaged schools.

Beyond Empathy

collaborating with communities across Australia to shift perceptions and generate positive social change through the process of creating and sharing music and art.

Don’t Stop the Music

a landmark three-part ABC documentary from Artemis Media highlighting the transformative effects of teaching music in primary schools.

Kids Xpress

providing trauma-focussed expressive therapy programs to help children, caregivers and professionals transform the impact of childhood trauma into a life full of hope, a future our children deserve.

Bangarra Dance Theatre

supporting the making of Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra: a feature documentary marking the 30th anniversary of Australia’s national Indigneous dance theatre company.

Support Act

providing a free, confidential counselling service available to anyone working in the Australian music scene who needs support or advice for better health and well-being.

The Song Room

Provides Australian children with transformational music and arts-based education programs that improve academic performance, attendance and well-being.

Big hART

delivering intergenerational and intercultural projects utilising songwriting and events as critical tools for social change.

Ensemble Offspring

Nurturing under represented and emerging composers and performers nationally, championing living new music and making it accessible for all.

Investments for change

Foundation-Led Impact Investments

Goodstart Early Learning Social Capital Note

Goodstart Early Learning was created in 2009 as a solution to fill the gap left by the collapse of ABC Learning (once the world’s largest provider of child care services). The Goodstart syndicate adopted a social investment approach working across public, private and community sectors. The mix and sources of capital for the transaction was pioneering for the non-profit sector in Australia.

Newpin Social Benefit Bond

Australia’s first social bond, issued in 2013, the bond began as a partnership between the New South Wales Government, Uniting Care and Social Ventures Australia. It funded the maintenance and expansion of Newpin, a program established in 2009 working to restore children in out-of-home care to their families, or prevent children from entering care in the first place.

Sycamore Learning Working Capital Loan

A short-term working capital loan was provided by a syndicate of foundations and impact investors to fund the establishment of a specialty educational institution providing full-time primary school education for autistic children.

Aspire Social Impact Bond

Australia’s first homelessness-focussed SIB, Aspire raised private capital to fund the innovative Aspire Program, designed to make a lasting difference to the lives of people experiencing homelessness in Adelaide.


Interested in working with us?

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©Photo/Image courtesy of A Sound Life