Continuing the ‘friends’ theme… here’s a little bit of news about some of our new friends

We’ve all been out on the ground working with some terrific new school partners from as far afield as East Sussex to Sheerness. Just have a listen to their amazing work on our SoundCloud and you’ll understand why our songwriting workshops are loved far and wide, by teachers and children alike. NT and BOS are for the duration of Anti-Bullying Week 2011 on a Bully Beat songwriting marathon in South East London.

I haven’t been out on the ground for quite a while, but my day with Kestrel Class was just sublime and a reminder of how powerful songwriting actually is. Songwriting as the stimulus gave the children freedom to tell stories, to imagine, to convey their fears, their triumphs. The day captured not just voices, but their hearts and minds. Right from the off, they were writing verses, chorus’, changing keys. There were percussive sounds resonating around the class room, the stamping of feet reverberating, rhythmic banging on tables, random tunes being hummed. Some groups were finding similarities in their early constructs to the work of favourite artists in the charts. It was almost hypnotic!

The day also saw boys, who had until then, refused to sing in school take centre stage and kick off their song with true abandon – singing and songwriting magic. I won’t forget the experience in a long while and I doubt the children will either considering their feedback and recorded interviews.

In fact, we’re pretty sure that it is the very way in which we engage with children and young people that has moved a number of organisations to join us, to become Friends of the Foundation. We had a fantastic meeting recently with our new friends SoundCloud. Needless to say, we all love SoundCloud at the Foundation. We were particularly excited because SoundCloud get us! They share in our vision because they’re passionate about sound, music and what we’re building. SoundCloud see the value in what we do and how we work. SoundCloud will help us as we explore their brilliant platform and build our presence and community. We’re thrilled to be embarking on what we hope to be a long and fruitful partnership. Thanks for getting round the table with us guys – it’s going to be songwriting charity magic!

That’s not all! We also welcome two new friends to our fold, Clear Financial Advice and Term Times Magazine. Barry Greening Managing Director of Clear Financial Advice, is someone I’ve known for many years and I was so pleased to learn that he was happy to support our work. As one of our pioneering  friends, the support of Clear Financial Advice will support our efforts to offer our workshops further afield, supporting the needs of a greater number of schools, communities and children over the course of the coming 12 months and beyond. The suggestion of a charity golf day hasn’t been forgotten either Mr Greening!

Term Times Magazine  have also joined our ranks as a Friend of the Foundation. Featuring a full page article about us in the magazine’s next issue available from 28th November, the opportunity to generate awareness of our work and the charity’s mission and objectives couldn’t have come at a better time. With our songwriting marathon being rolled out next year to mark and celebrate the 30th Olympiad, the generosity of Jackie Forrest, Director of Term Times Magazine, will mean over 200 primary schools and 40,000 households will learn about our work. Thank you Jackie!

If you would like to become a Friend of the Nathan Timothy Foundation, then all you need to do is comment here, or email me directly: I can talk to you about programme sponsorship opportunities, upcoming events and showcases. Let’s give you an example. Sponsoring one of our wellbeing programmes, whether it be Bully Beat or Soul Food for three years could mean thousands of children having the opportunity to explore, some for the very first time, a range of issues, feelings and experience through songwriting. They’ll be learning about the value of what they’ve created, the meaning and importance behind ‘copyright’ and ownership. You’ll be assisting their learning on a whole new level. The impact you will have could be significant – your sponsorship could change their lives.

Partnership, friendship, sponsorship – it’s a two-way street, so get in touch, we don’t bite!

We are the #1 charity in the world dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the art and craft of songwriting.

Thank you so much for supporting us.

John Quinn

D of E at the NTF

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