New Year Message from the Chief Executive January 2013.
I hope you and your families are well. I’d just like to take time to say how much I appreciate the support you’ve given me over the past year.
It’s been an incredible first year for the Songwriting Charity in so many ways. We launched our ‘Sports Tracks’ Marathon in January it picked up momentum and took us right through to the end of the Paralympics in September. We only ever planned to do 26 songs in 26 days but we were very proud of the final count being 109 brand new songs! Following this we were straight into launching a new programme at the British Music Experience at the O2 – ‘Master Peace’ before returning to familiar ground delivering our ‘Bully Beat’ songwriting programme in October and November.
You can listen to and download all the children’s songs free here…
Highlights for me include being awarded the inspire mark from LOCOG for our ‘Sports Tracks’ Marathon, meeting and inspiring over 3,000 children at the workshops, working with Willow Dene on their soundscapes project, setting up our first studio in Halfway Houses School, delivering the CAPITA summer schools, announcing our Patron Guy Fletcher OBE and being on the front page of Music Week Online (see picture below), working with the Hackney Olympic Primary Ambassadors, our videos being on the front page of YouTube, speaking and presenting awards at the Hackney Empire, attending the Ivors and the Gold Badge Awards and getting to meet amazing songwriters and my heroes Ed Sheeran, Paul Carrack and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Being at our first ever fundraising gig thanks to High Barn and Matt Cardle was such a proud moment, as was meeting some of our fabulous fundraisers, Peter O’Sullivan at Gatwick before his bike ride across Europe and Kimberley Evans as she finished the first ever fundraising run for us.
2013 kicks off in style as I take a trip to MIDEM at the end of January where I’ll be raising awareness of our work at the heart of the Music Industry. My main focus this year is fundraising and sponsorship because without it we cannot provide schools with free workshops. We have a few fundraising events already in the pipeline. I’ll be taking part in the 3 peaks challenge in May with a fantastic team all raising money for ‘Project K.’ This project will involve a series of songwriting workshops throughout July in schools in Cardiff followed by a celebratory concert for all the children and their parents at the end of the month – all in honour of my sister Kate who sadly passed away last year. As we aim to stand on the summit of the highest mountain in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours we will not only be thinking about my sister but the 1000’s of children that we can help in the area where she lived through our songwriting programmes. If you’d kindly like to make a donation to ‘Project K’ to support the songwriting workshops in Cardiff please click here…
The past year has taught me the true value of family and friendship. Values that the Songwriting Charity are built on. I would like to personally thank the whole of my team for being so supportive when in my personal life things were going so tragically wrong. The Songwriting Charity family has grown this year to include some wonderful volunteers, sessional workers, fundraisers, donors and business partners who really want to make a difference to the wellbeing of children and for that I feel blessed and truly grateful.
Don’t be afraid to tell the ones you love how much you love them in 2013.
Here’s to a fabulous year!