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Young songwriters pen Olympic tunes
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Celebrating the 2012 Games with the world’s first songwriting marathon
The Nathan Timothy Foundation songwriting and music education project ‘Sports Tracks Songwriting Marathon’, has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme.
The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Nathan Timothy, CEO of the Foundation said “We are thrilled to have been awarded the Inspire Mark. It makes us so proud to officially play a part in the London 2012 Games. Our vision is to unite children of all backgrounds and cultures, helping them to create their own special memories linked to these games, whilst also ensuring there is an educational legacy in place after the 2012 Games are over.”
Nathan continued: “They’ll create original songs and music, and be part of a historic occasion, offering hope for a more positive future through the metaphor of an aspiring Olympic Champion. It’s about opening up creative opportunities for children who may also have no access to this level of support or creativity, helping them to achieve and feel valued, now and long after the Games have gone.”
Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: ‘The Sports Tracks Songwriting Marathon is encouraging children and young people to fulfill their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as the Nathan Timothy Foundation, we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in sports, literacy and music education.’
The Sports Tracks Songwriting Marathon is specifically designed to help children and schools celebrate the London 2012 Games through participating in a fun, physically active and creatively challenging songwriting activity. The additional aim to leave in place a creative songwriting legacy through a nurtured and long standing partnership with schools and community groups. We will run an Olympic and Paralympic Songwriting Marathon concurrently.
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About the Nathan Timothy Foundation: We are the number one charity in the world dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the art and craft of songwriting
The work of the Nathan Timothy Foundation – The Songwriting Charity, addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children using songwriting and music technology.
The Foundation formed in 2011, is based in London and Cambridge, but works nationally and has worked with and supported over 1300 children and young people.
The Foundation now works with over 120 primary, secondary and Special Educational Needs schools.
The charity’s one-day workshops are unique, presenting children with opportunities to sing, write lyrics, perform and record their ideas both individually and as a team – evaluating their progress and actively supporting the progress of their friends every step of the way.
Recorded material is made available for children to download via the Foundation’s SoundCloud social music platform, enabling schools to use the songs for presentations, assemblies, and special events or for use out in the wider community.
The Foundation works closely with participating schools to tailor the workshops to the needs of the students and the school through its unique legacy programme called Encore Curriculum.
About the Inspire programme: The Inspire programme is run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It is an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the London 2012 Games – a broad participation programme spanning sport participation, education, sustainability, volunteering, and business opportunities & culture. New opportunities are being created to inspire young people and encourage the whole of the UK to join in. The Inspire programme has awarded over 1,400 different projects the Inspire mark.
About London 2012: The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are delivered by two key organisations – the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
LOCOG is responsible for staging a memorable Games in 2012. They will deliver the best possible Olympic and Paralympic Games experience for everyone involved, enabling a lasting legacy and inspiring people to join in.
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and converting the Olympic Park for long-term use after the Games.
In the summer of 2012, the UK will come alive with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Find out the latest from the London 2012 blog –
Nathan Timothy, CEO, Nathan Timothy Foundation, on 07779 103986
John Quinn, Director of Engagement, Nathan Timothy Foundation, on 07950 022009