Nathan Timothy Receives Prestigious BASCA Gold Badge Award

Founder and CEO of the Songwriting Charity, Nathan Timothy, has been honoured in this years Gold Badge Awards for… “inspiring and empowering a whole generation of children and young people through music.”

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The BASCA Gold Badge Awards have been presented for over forty years and honour those who have worked tirelessly to support the British songwriting and composing community. This year, Nathan shares the list with a glittering collection of creative individuals.

Crispin Hunt, BASCA Chairman said: “It is a great pleasure for BASCA to celebrate the creativity, inspiration, taste and genius included in this year’s list of Gold Badge Award recipients. Each of these remarkable individuals has helped shape the architecture of the music Britain loves in their own unique and significant way. For BASCA’s community of songwriters and composers to be able to congratulate and pay tribute to their influence in our profession at this joyous event is an honour. It’ll be a good one.”

We’re very proud of Nathan for all of the hard work and dedication he has put into his songwriting career over the last couple of decades, and his work inspiring and empowering children and young people through the wonder of music and songwriting.

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating Nathan.

Well done, buddy!

Songwriting Charity label debuts new album, Stronger Together

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The Songwriting Charity launches One Song One Day Records, a label set up exclusively to promote and support the charity’s creative projects in schools across the country. Debuting on the label is an exclusive new album containing a collection of songs written and performed by children involved in one of its projects. ‘Stronger Together’ marks a unique two-year collaboration between the Songwriting Charity and Kent based Milton Court and Kemsley Primary Academies.

Cathryn Andrews, Executive Headteacher said, “So many of our children have benefitted immensely from the wonderfully creative process that Nathan and his team provide. ‘Stronger Together’ is something that is beyond special – a collaborative and celebratory song that weaves the work of the two schools together. Each song signifies the growth and development of creativity, wellbeing and a sense of belonging for each one of our children.  Amazing songs by amazing children brought to life by an amazing Charity”

Songwriting Charity Patron, Rupert Hine said, “The Songwriting Charity powerfully illustrates how children working together creatively as a team can rise above their individual practical difficulties and limitations and create something fun or even beautiful in a field that is very close to my heart.”

Nathan Timothy, Songwriting Charity Founder and CEO said, “We’re inspiring the next generation of songwriters! One Song One Day Records is all about building on the positive experience we’ve provided, inspiring children to want to write and record songs again and again. Making their hard work available through digital platforms like iTunes and Spotify children can show their parents, families and friends and enjoy being famous in their own living rooms! Downloading or streaming the album is also a fabulous way of supporting The Songwriting Charity. All royalties will be ploughed back into future projects so we can provide more workshops in schools and inspire even more children to take up songwriting.”

Stronger Together is available to download or stream from iTunesSpotify, Google Play and Amazon

The Songwriting Charity has so far worked in more than 500 schools around the country and abroad. The charity’s work has positively impacted on the wellbeing, self–esteem and confidence of more than 20,000 children and young people since it formed in July 2011. To date, 1100 songs have been written by young people for young people, covering issues such as bullying, health, mental health, equality & diversity and relationships.

Notes:

The work of the Songwriting Charity engages with children and young people to generate creative energy around issues that impact on their lives such as bullying, health, mental health, nutrition, wellbeing, school transition, the world around the, all through songwriting. We address and boost their emotional health and wellbeing through the delivery of intensive songwriting and music technology workshops. All of our workshops and programmes are unique, presenting children with opportunities to sing, write lyrics, perform and record their ideas both individually and as a team – learning about their world and supporting the progress of their friends every step of the way. Recorded material is then available for children to download and schools can use the songs for presentations, assemblies, and special events or for use out in the wider community.

The Songwriting Charity formed in July 2011 and has bases in Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire, Kent and London.

Nathan Timothy is a member of the following associations: BASCA – The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, AIM – Association of Independent Music, Musicians Union, The BPI and PRS.

Rupert Hine has worked with some of biggest names in the music industry as a producer and songwriter including Tina Turner, Bob Geldof, Thompson Twins, Suzanne Vega, Chris De Burgh, Rush, Wilson Phillips, Dusty Springfield and Stevie Nicks.

Find out more about the Songwriting Charity here:

http://www.songwritingcharity.org

 https://soundcloud.com/the-songwriting-charity

https://twitter.com/SWCharity

https://twitter.com/OS_OD_Records

http://www.youtube.com/user/SongwritingCharity

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Songwriting-Charity/

http://swcharity.wordpress.com

 

Milton Court Primary Academy is federated with Kemsley Primary Academy and sponsored by the REAch2 Academy Trust. 

Nathan Timothy Foundation ‘The Songwriting Charity’, www.nathantimothyfoundation.org

The Songwriting Charity has offices in Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire, Kent and London.

Company No. 7719125

Registered charity no. 1146228.

Patrons: Guy Fletcher, OBE FRSA and Rupert Hine, APRS

For all enquiries, please contact John Quinn: john@songwritingcharity.org

Whoever You Are

Impossible not to be charmed and impressed by this latest Bully Beat song brought to us by the consistently brilliant young songwriters at Edward Francis Primary School, Rayleigh, Essex. The song deals with a serious issue confronting children and young people today. Whoever You Are is catchy, thoughtful, containing crystal clear messages. The sparkling performances captured in the video ensure the song’s appeal ranges far and wide. We’ve no doubt it will bring a smile to your face and get you tapping your feet, all for the right reasons!

Well done Edward Francis Primary School! You have graduated two cohorts of exceptional songwriters and clued up Bully Beat activists! This year’s Anti-Bullying Week is all about Making A Noise About Bullying – well you guys have been doing that for the last two years (and more) with the Songwriting Charity.

We offer thanks to the Essex Community Foundation and the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust Burns Night Pledge donors for supporting this important project, for playing their part in empowering children through the art and craft of songwriting and helping the world hear what they have to say.

It’s Time / Best Day of My Life – Balcarras Vocal Project

Balcarras Vocal Project

 
With funding from Make Music Gloucestershire, the county’s music education hub, the Songwriting Charity has partnered with Balcarras School to start a brand new secondary school vocal group. The project has worked with 40 singers from across key stage 3 and 4 singing  well-known repertoire with a twist, with vocal arrangements by Ben O’Sullivan, our Director of Progammes. The debut performance of the vocal group took place at the Balcarras spring concert and below is the video from the memorable recording day at the magical Tithe Barn at Postlip Hall.

We hope this is one of many new vocal projects, joining hands with schools and venues across the county to reach more and more young people.

Please see our website for more, where you can see the many ways in which the Songwriting Charity changes the lives of young people through song and support our work through BT my donate, where every penny of your donation goes towards our work: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/thesongwritingcharity
If you think your school would like to do something similar, please contact ben@songwritingcharity.org

Getting on our bikes to beat bullying

The Songwriting Charity’s very first Nightrider London event is round the corner. Our eighteen Nightriders are primed and ready for the open roads of London. Tooled up with puncture kits, inner tubes, padded shorts, electrolyte tabs, new bicycles, rhubarb & custard gels, water bottles, multi-tools, lights, cameras – ACTION – the team is ready and we are proud of each and every one of them. They have worked hard, trained hard and have been supported by generous sponsors and donors. Team SAMSON are doing an exceptional job! We offer our thanks to everyone involved, especially our sponsors and donors for their support and encouragement. Nightrider London promises to be an exhilarating experience and a night to remember for all involved.

Songwriting CharityIf you receive Google Alerts or equivalent notices about bullying or anti-bullying work and news, you’ll appreciate why we do this work, particularly why we dedicate ourselves to the delivery of Bully Beat (and our many other programmes). Bully Beat is more than a project, a programme, a workshop, it’s an intervention. We are intervening through the intensive, reflective and creative process of songwriting, and aided by the very latest music technology. We are intervening not in a reactive way but in proactive and preventative way. During our workshops, children develop their understanding of bullying through activities and exercises that call on them to reflect on choices they make, the ways in which they behave to one another and the impact those choices can have. Confidence is boosted in a measurable way through participation in singing. We see and document significant positive shifts in children’s pride in literacy work. The benefits and impact are tangible.

Every time a donation is made to any of our Nightrider Bully Beat fundraisers this is the kind of impact you help us have on the lives of children we work with. You should be proud of that. Just look at the infographics below for the proof in our songwriting pudding!

If you haven’t done so already and would like to, please donate to our Nightrider appeal. The more money we raise, the more children and schools we can reach out to. Our team of cyclists deserve the support as do our beneficiaries. Thank you.

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Statistics drawn from evaluation data collected during workshops facilitated by Nathan, Ben, John, Sarah, Kat, Esther, Amy.

Illustrations by Ben O’Sullivan, Director of Programmes.

Ely workers cycle through the night to beat bullying

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The SAMSON Materials Handling Ltd Songwriting Charity Nightrider Team

Workers from SAMSON Materials Handling Ltd in Ely have teamed up with the Songwriting Charity to cycle 100km round London overnight on June 6th to help raise £10,000 to beat bullying in schools.

The funds raised will mean more than 1000 children in primary schools across London, South East and the East of England will benefit directly from participation in the charity’s highly regarded anti-bullying songwriting project, Bully Beat.

Nathan Timothy, Co-Founder and CEO of the Songwriting Charity, said, “We’re very proud to have Terry and his colleagues from SAMSON MH teaming up with us! Bullying is painful, disruptive and damaging to all those affected by it. The idea behind Bully Beat is to get children across the country talking through a network of song, promoting positive anti-bullying intervention, boosting their confidence and self-esteem, some of the very things that bullying behavior destroys. The more we talk about bullying, the stronger the anti-bullying message becomes. When you transform those messages into song, they are amplified and all the more powerful.”

Terry Maley, Services Manager at SAMSON MH said, “I’m happy and grateful to be able to take part in the Nightrider to raise money for the Songwriting Charity. Bullying needs addressing, and I think more so for children who seem to suffer in silence. For the charity to be able to go into schools, and bring these children out of themselves is fantastic, as it shows them that there can be happiness and enjoyment in their lives, and I hope that my small contribution goes some way to help.”

The Songwriting Charity will use the funds raised from the Nightrider challenge to deliver Bully Beat songwriting workshops to schools in and around Ely, and other locations local to where the charity’s Nightrider fundraisers live and work.

About SAMSON Materials Handling Limited:

SAMSON are part of the internationally renowned AUMUND Group, which is based in Germany. For over 40 years, SAMSON Materials Handling have been designing and manufacturing bulk material handling equipment. We are dedicated to providing engineering solutions that are world-class in their concept, execution and delivery. With more than 3,000 installations worldwide, our products are defined by their quality, mobility, flexibility and wide range of application.

About the Nathan Timothy Foundation – Songwriting Charity: The work of the Nathan Timothy Foundation ‘Songwriting Charity’ addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people using songwriting and music technology. Working from bases in Cambridgeshire, Kent and Gloucestershire, the charity’s Bully Beat songwriting project has been designed to enthuse primary aged children about the process of lyric writing, singing, music arranging and contemporary production whilst promoting a serious anti-bullying message.

To date children’s songs written across a range of the Songwriting Charity workshops have been streamed more than 212,000 times on the charity’s SoundCloud, and their music videos viewed more than 145,000 times via the Songwriting Charity’s YouTube Channel.

You can make a commission free donation to the Bully Beat Nightrider appeal here: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/nightrider2015/200571

Songwriting Charity media contact:

John Quinn, Director of Engagement

M: 07950 022009

E: john@songwritingcharity.org

Getting better as I try, innit

On the 6th June, NT & JQ will be leading 18 riders on an overnight cycle round our capital. The team aims to raise £10,000 to get our anti-bullying initiative Bully Beat into more primary schools. Bully Beat helps children to understand the effect, impact and consequences of bullying, it also helps to build their confidence and improve their self esteem, the very things that bullying can erode and destroy.
Parents often tell us by email or via social media just how much Bully Beat has helped their children gain in confidence, and the boost to self-esteem they’ve experienced being a songwriter and recording artist for one very special day!
With your help, we will reach many more children affected by bullying behaviour.

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On this occasion I am out with fellow Nightrider participant Nick Lomax. Nick, Fergus and I are three Girton Dads and along with one Girton mum and 16 other riders, we are taking on the Nightrider London; 100km or 62 miles around London starting at Lee Valley VeloPark or Crystal Palace Park. It’s at night, on the roads and with London’s late night revelers, city custodians, workers and night buses running while we cycle our hearts out. Taking in the major sights and climbs, this is going to be one hell of a night of cycling.

Nick has been a rock and is a magnificent coach (salute), a role he has accidentally assumed owing to the many questions I continue throw his way about this and that. All of us are raising funds to beat bullying through the Songwriting Charity’s brilliant songwriting in schools programme, Bully Beat. It’s…

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