I get by with a little help from my friends

Can’t believe how much time has passed since our last entry! Apologies for neglecting you and our blog! We have a whole range of very good excuses! Honest Miss!

For the last few months, we’ve been stunned by the heartfelt, overwhelmingly positive and congratulatory responses received since we started telling people about our songwriting charity. Much of this does come down to the fact that we have our very own superhero in the guise of NT at our core. The other reason could also be because there has been so much negativity in the media about how morally lapsed we are as a society, that we (the Songwriting Charity) feel it is incumbent on us to attempt to bring some cheer and present an alternative approach to helping members of society, in particular children and young people, to find healthy, stimulating and creative ways to express themselves, to learn and to be enthused. Songwriting is the new black!

Charities everywhere are faced with having to ask for more from those that may have considerably less to give. We’re not telling you anything you don’t already know of course, but here at the Songwriting Charity, we’ve got to get motoring and shift it into gear. We’ve got to think hard about the quality of the services we provide for the charity’s beneficiaries. We have to evidence ‘value for money’ for funders or commissioners, and always be mindful of the manner in which we present ourselves to stakeholders and partners. We’ve spent a long time listening to our partner schools and understanding what they want and according to them, it’s unanimous, we’ve given them what they asked for and needed. With that ringing endorsement giving us that extra boost needed during a very negative, uncertain and depressed macro-economic climate, our attention turns once again to the bigger picture and how we survive as the new charity kid on the block.

Tough economic conditions just make it harder not impossible for us at NTF HQ. There are many opportunities out there, we just need to dig a little deeper and have a few more conversations with people. Yes, it’s speculation, but it’s also about us seeking to work with likeminded people and companies. If we don’t ask, we don’t get!

So today, over Skype, we shared some moments of genius! Actually, the genius moment came via SMS to me from our in-house superhero. Membership and Friends. A little cryptic at this stage, but we do already allude to such schemes on our website.  However, in exploring this in much more detail, we recognized that our very young charity has so much to offer both. Brimming with new ideas, such as ‘pick’n’mix’, seminars and more, we reverted to pen and paper and jotted down as many of these as possible; silly really as we’ll only have to type them up and email them to each other later! The future is most definitely bright and for our friends out there, all we need to do is to have the aforementioned conversations with as many of you as possible and share our ideas with you over coffee and a pastry at a time and place to suit.

There’s already healthy and reassuring interest in our Corporate Friends scheme. The reassurance is important because it means there are companies out there that believe in us and share in our vision and purpose. It means we have that all important ‘emotional’ connection with a sponsor, not merely because we’re a children’s charity, but because the way in which we engage with children and young people means something to them; they absolutely get it, like we do!

You’ll see a few changes to our Get Involved section of our website in the coming weeks. We’ll be fleshing out our membership and friends schemes and inviting interested individuals, schools and companies of all sizes to take a stake in our work and play their part in addressing the emotional health and wellbeing of children using songwriting and music technology. We’re confident that in the days to come, we’ll be able to proudly introduce you to some of our new Corporate Friends.

We’re midway through another important week and tomorrow see’s a very significant Songwriting Charity foray into the corporate world. Watch this space.

One song – one day – with the world’s #1 songwriting charity – thank you and good night!

3 thoughts on “I get by with a little help from my friends

    • Thank you Ben. We’re on a real ride here at the NTF SC for sure. Enjoy the day at Abbotsbury tomorrow. You and NT flying the flag for the new charity kid on the block and remember – songwriting is the new black! Glory days. JQ

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