“You helped me do something today I never thought I could” 

Friends, we need your help. The aim is simple, to deliver an exciting new songwriting and music project designed to empower young people in recovery from addiction. And we need you to help us by making a donation to make this project happen.

This is a new project, in an area of the country we’ve not worked before, and with beneficiaries who would benefit from the time and creative expertise of the Songwriting Charity’s workshop leaders and support workers.

We’ve named this project, Stronger Together, the objective is to embrace the needs of young people aged 14-19 who have experienced difficulties because of drugs and alcohol, and supporting them and empowering them through the art and craft of songwriting and music creation. The project will start on 18th April 2017. We have a base for the project. Young people who are already engaged in recovery are aware of the project and will be meeting with us soon to talk about the next steps.

Workshops led by Nathan Timothy and his team of freelance artists  will work with young people who will self refer over the course of six weeks, focusing on their strengths rather than their difficulties, helping them to look forward to the future with positivity and hope. The project will be based in a safe and welcoming environment, one that the young people will be familiar with and comfortable working in.

The funds raised will be used to entirely fund the costs of workshop leaders, session workers, pastoral support and venue costs. The route from donor to beneficiary couldn’t be clearer or more direct. We are accountable to our beneficiaries, and to you, the donor. We will share the successes, difficulties, impact, the things we make together and the changes that occur as a result of the project.

The title of this post is apt. Many children and young people say to us “You helped me do something today I never thought I could…..” this statement reminds us how powerful songwriting and music creation can be. It shows how opportunities like this can help by providing positive social experiences, addressing problematic attitudes and perceptions, and distracting from negative and damaging influences in a creative way.

Please consider making a contribution to this project, and in doing so you’ll help us replace a young persons feelings of hopelessness and negativity with a sense of pride, optimism and achievement.

Contribute here.

Rupert Hine announced as Patron of the Songwriting Charity

Rupert HineThe Songwriting Charity works with children and young people of all abilities to generate creative energy around issues that impact on their young lives, through songwriting and performance. Celebrating our second anniversary, we are proud to announce that legendary music producer and songwriter, Rupert Hine FAPRS, has agreed to become a Patron of the charity.

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. I fully endorse their vision and look forward to helping to expand their reach  in any way I can.

I have been a great believer in emphasising artistry over the far more frequently underscored skills of craftsmanship.

In the world of music that has put TV spectacles such as Pop-Idol,The Voice, X-Factor etc that simply glorifies the craft of singing, so far ahead of the far more important aspects of artistry – eg the musical compositions themselves. The Songwriting Charity is the only entity to help redress that balance in the young and fertile minds of today’s potential artists.
The great thing about a ‘pop song’ is that it is a 3 to 4 minute exercise in expression, ideas and motivation and, under the right guidance, Nathan Timothy’s class can produce a fully fledged song that it is not only written during the course of just one day, but recorded and uploaded to the world too!
As both a recording-artist/producer and a music publisher, I look forward to hearing the songs of tomorrow courtesy of The Songwriting Charity.”

Nathan Timothy, CEO of the Songwriting Charity said, ‘this is another landmark in our charity’s young life. Rupert shares my passion for developing artistry and for using songs and songwriting to positively change the lives of people all over the world. I’m so proud that Rupert Hine has agreed to become a Patron. And I’m delighted to welcome him as part of the team as we celebrate the charity’s second birthday!

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.

The Songwriting Charity has so far worked in 450 schools around the country and has linked with projects in Italy and Canada. The Charity’s work has positively impacted on the wellbeing, self –esteem and confidence of more than 12,500 children and young people. To date, 460 songs have been written by young people for young people, covering concerns such as bullying, world peace and friendships. The songs are hosted on the charity’s Soundcloud where they have been streamed more than 91,000 times.

About Rupert Hine, FAPRS:

Rupert Hine’s wide-ranging musical accomplishments, both commercial and domestic, are evidenced in over 35 years of producing albums and writing music for a variety of bestselling artists, including Kevin Ayres, Tina Turner The Fixx, Bob Geldof, Thompson Twins, Stevie Nicks, Chris de Burgh, Suzanne Vega, Rush, Underworld, Duncan Sheik and Eleanor MacEvoy.

A champion of technology and of the incorporation of the digital into art and creativity, during his career Rupert has pioneered electronic music interfaces with the fledgling MIDI. As a result, in the 1990s he was invited by Apple to help demonstrate the power of their groundbreaking software engines to the most creative thinkers in the music industry.

Rupert Hine’s musical and artistic diversity has made him a leading authority on creative communication, and as a result, he is a founder of the Music Producers’ Guild and the International MIDI Association, and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the US. He continues to be involved in all aspects of the music industry, including ambassadorial roles for BASCA, CISAC and BMG Chrysalis, regularly speaking at music symposiums, conferences and festivals.

Rupert wrote the forward for Billboard’s Encyclopaedia of Record Producers – the definitive reference work on music producers. The book itself states that ‘few producers have worked with as wide a stylistic range of gold and platinum-selling artists as Hine’, and goes on to discuss his significant work under the commercial radar, as well as the eleven albums he’s produced under his own name, as Thinkman and with the 70s band Quantum Jump. He has scored films and contributed songs to movie soundtracks as a composer and musician, and has directed a number of video-clips for the artists he has produced.

Hine is also an active environmentalist, and in 1990 he worked with Kevin Godley to produce One World, One Voice for the BBC. This consisted of 300 assembled musicians, including Peter Gabriel, Sting and Bob Geldof, to create the first global composition for mankind. This musical chain letter travelled the world, with Hine improvising its form. It was ultimately seen by more than 650 million people in 26 countries on the same night.

2008’s third most downloaded album worldwide, The Art of Peace – Songs for Tibet, was produced by Hine for the Dalai Lama, and featured a host of some of the leading musicians of the time.

In 2011 Rupert launched Auditorius, a music publishing venture, and in November the same year, following a glowing citation from Sir Bob Geldof, he was honoured by the APRS with a Fellowship Award; presented to recognise special contributions to the ‘Art, Science and Business of Recording’. The award was presented by Sir George Martin, APRS President, who together with an elite group of past recipients; sound and music innovators, including Sir Paul MacCartney, Peter Gabriel and Chris Blackwell also holds a Fellowship Award.

About the Songwriting Charity

The work of ‘The Songwriting Charity’ addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people from the age of 5 – 25 years, bridging between literacy and music through songwriting & performance. Our workshops provide a platform for self-expression through meaningful debate and child-centered approach to teaching & learning.

The Songwriting Charity is dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the art and craft of songwriting. The work of the Songwriting Charity, addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children using songwriting and music technology. The charity formed in July 2011 and is based 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 and PRS.

Find out more about the Songwriting Charity here:

http://www.nathantimothyfoundation.org

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

https://twitter.com/NTFoundation

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

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

https://ntfoundation.wordpress.com

Nathan Timothy Foundation ‘The Songwriting Charity’, 10 Whitehorse Mews, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7QD

www.nathantimothyfoundation.org

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

Company No. 7719125 Registered charity no. 1146228.

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

Songwriting Charity @ Midem 2013

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We’re attending Midem for the first time in 2013 to raise awareness of the work of Nathan Timothy Foundation – The Songwriting Charity. We’re looking forward to making new contacts in the industry and finding new business partners to sponsor our unique and innovative songwriting programmes in the UK throughout 2013/2014. We are also looking to develop global links for projects in 2014 and beyond.

Nathan Timothy, CEO of the charity said, “I’ve always wanted to come to Midem. It is one of the most prestigious events on the music industry calendar, and I can think of no better place to introduce my charity to the music industry. We’ve got a number of exciting meetings lined up and I’m really looking forward to making new contacts and friends here in Cannes!”

If you want to meet up with Nathan, email him at nathan@songwritingcharity.org

The work of the Songwriting Charity addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people, using songwriting and music technology. We have eight distinct workshop offerings covering subjects such as bullying, school transition, nutrition and healthy living to world peace. We work in partnership with and are supported by SoundCloud, BPI, BASCA, AIM, PRS, MMF and YouTube.

Over the next four days at Midem, we’ll be inviting constituents of the music industry, from artists, labels, producers, managers, to leading global media brands to join our Gold Disc Sponsors Programme, to adopt and invest in one of our highly innovative and engaging songwriting programmes for between one and three years.

Children taking part in our workshops grow in confidence, self-esteem, knowledge and understanding of the world around them. They are inspired, empowered and proud of their work. Children also develop an appreciation for the value of the songs they and their peers have written. This is of particular relevance to our industry as we try to stem the tide of illegal download of digital media, through the delivery of songwriting workshops in schools.

Become a Programme Sponsor and help thousands of children to develop and achieve a greater sense of wellbeing and happiness, fulfilling their potential and enriching the world in which they live in. Join us.

If you’ve spoken to Nathan and would like to commit to sponsoring a Songwriting Charity programme, please contact Director of Engagement, John Quinn: john@songwritingcharity.org or tweet him @JohnMichaelQ or @NTFoundation

Guy Fletcher OBE FRSA announced as new patron of The Songwriting Charity

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The Songwriting Charity celebrates a landmark first year by proudly announcing Guy Fletcher OBE FRSA as new Patron

Nathan Timothy, Chief Executive of the Songwriting Charity said, “A year ago, I decided to consolidate my experience in education and the music industry to help children explore their emotions, friendships, hopes and fears, improving their overall sense of wellbeing, through songwriting and musical expression.”

Nathan added, “It was always about opening up opportunities for children who have no access to this level of support or creativity, helping them to achieve and feel valued, boosting their self-esteem and confidence. It’s been an incredible journey!”

Nathan continued, “Almost one year on, it makes me so proud to announce Guy Fletcher OBE FRSA as our patron. Over the past 18 years Guy has been a teacher, mentor and true friend. We share the same values and understand the importance the art and craft of songwriting can have to aid the emotional wellbeing of young people. Guy’s passion for supporting songwriters old and new is legendary and I know his influence and expertise as patron will have a huge impact on our work in the future.”

Renowned songwriter and PRS Chairman Guy Fletcher OBE FRSA said, “Having seen at first hand the results of Nathan Timothy’s work with primary school children, I had no hesitation in agreeing to be the patron of the Songwriting Charity. Nathan has an extraordinary ability to motivate children by breathing life into their musical creativity and encouraging them to believe in themselves. Over three thousand children have received this gift already this year and I am proud to be associated with this achievement.”

Since it formed in July 2011, the Songwriting Charity has gone from strength-to-strength, working with more than 3500 children and young people across 130 Primary, Secondary and Special Educational Needs schools. By the end of the summer 2012, children will have participated in 130 songwriting workshops and written more than 145 original songs on a range of subjects from bullying, to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To date the songs have been streamed more than 36,000 times on the charity’s SoundCloud, and their music videos viewed more than 21,000 times on the Charity’s YouTube Channel.

Professional’s evaluations have yielded impressive figures; 97% of professionals reporting they were extremely satisfied with the charity’s work, with 94% of them stating all their objectives had been met. Of note, 83% of professionals had noticed positive changes in the behaviour of the children who participated and engaged in the songwriting workshops, and 100% would happily recommend the Songwriting Charity to colleagues and other organisations. Faye Blain, Sherington Primary School, London Borough of Greenwich commented on our work, saying it was, “possibly one of the best visiting workshops that I have participated in, in over 10 years of teaching. Pupils were open in discussing experiences and were able to show a better understanding of what bullying is. Well planned, fantastic delivery and a great connection with the pupils.”

 

About the Nathan Timothy Foundation – the Songwriting Charity: 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 Songwriting Charity, addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children using songwriting and music technology. The Songwriting Charity formed in 2011, is based in London, Cambridge, Kent and Gloucestershire.

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 and PRS

Further information can be found on the Foundation’s website: http://nathantimothyfoundation.org

About Guy Fletcher OBE FRSA: Guy Fletcher has been a respected songwriter since the sixties. Recordings of his songs by Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Joe Cocker and many other international stars have ensured Guy’s place in British pop history.

Still a leading light in the music industry, he was elected Chairman of the PERFORMING RIGHT SOCIETY on January 1st 2011. Wearing his commercial hat, he is Chairman of COMMERCIAL ARTS LTD, a new rights management company in the UK – specialising in bringing high-quality music based projects and their creators to their markets. He is also Chairman of CONEXION MEDIA GROUP Plc a rights management company specialising in secondary rights. Conexion Media Group (formerly Music Copyright Solutions Plc) was listed, first on OFEX then graduating to AIM in 2004. It is now one of the biggest independent administrators of music for film and television in the world.

Guy’s Creative life has been active since he achieved his first UK hit with “I Can’t Tell the Bottom From The Top” by the HOLLIES in 1969. He discovered Chris De Burgh whilst he was still at Trinity and built his career over ten years, making him an international star. Many more successes followed across many genres. His experience as writer, producer, publisher and industry guru is second to none.

Further information can be found at http://guyfletcher.com/

Social feeds:

@NTFoundation

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

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

https://ntfoundation.wordpress.com

 

The story behind the single Another Day Another Night

We’ve been sent excerpts of an interview with the artist/songwriter behind the proposed charity single  Another Day Another Night. Here he talks in detail about his work, what inspires him as a songwriter, and the reasons for writing the song.

What inspired you to write songs and music? What is the story behind this?

I started writing poetry at 7. Not many people know this because I never spoke to anyone about it, as I didn’t know how certain people that I considered closest to me would react or what views they would impose me. But I still wrote and wrote until I was 15, that’s when I decided that I wanted to do with my life. Song writing has changed my life in so many ways, ever since the first song I wrote when I was kid up until the point where I am now. As I child writing poems and lyrics helped me deal with everything that was happening around me. Music and God saved my life, because I always said “even though that everyone neglected me, I always knew that God was standing right beside me”, and music made me feel that there are others out there going through what I was going through or who were going through twice as much as I was. It made me feel that I wasn’t alone, and I always had something to turn back to.

Why “Another Day Another Night”? What does this song mean to you? There are so many other songs out there with a similar meaning, what makes “Another Day Another Night” different?

When I finally finished writing “Another Day Another Night”, it was like my thank you to God for giving me this gift and for helping me to make it through each day. It was also my thank you to music for inspiring me. I wrote “Another Day Another Night” for many reasons, the same reason why Mary J Bilge wrote “No More Drama”, the same reason why The Game wrote “Dream”, the same reason for Michael Jacksons “Man In the Mirror”, and the same reason for Mariah Carey’s “Butterfly” album. All these artists and more have one thing in common, they made those songs to represent a change and struggle in their lives. I feel that my song has so much more to say about life, and anyone out there going through whatever struggles they may face, will relate to it. Even now I reflect on this song to help me get through my own daily struggles.

The message that ‘Another Day Another Night’ sings can reflect so many problems in the world but what is the main theme of the song?

“Another Day Another Night” is my way of saying “there is more to life than what it means to me, I just want peace for once and I’m tired of all the drama. Yeah, I have made mistakes and I can admit to them, but we’re all human, we all make mistakes, none of us are perfect. No one ever said life was meant to be easy is also a key message of the song. But I wrote the song for many reasons, mainly because I was tired of being in the same position every time I wanted a change in my life, and that was what I wanted to change. I was tired of being someone who others wanted me to be, so I didn’t want waste another day or another night being someone I wasn’t. I was tired of hurting, tired of drama, tired of all the problems surrounding me, and knowing that no one would be there to help me, and no one could make the change necessary but me. I wanted to be happy.

Rumours about the artist line up are going around. They say you and others involved in the production of the song such as Bryan M. Cox, are leaving hints here and there. Are you aloud to reveal who the line up is?

I actually left some hints talking about it right now. But the world will have to wait for the premiere and the release, which will also be available on the promotional mix tape “The vulnerability of Abyss”

For someone who is new to the music scene, what was it like recording the song, what were you feeling when you were in the studio putting the song together and starting on the production?

Recording another day another night was something else. It was the only song that I ever wrote that I was allowed to work on the production of it. I worked on every detail of it with Bryan M. Cox , from the vocal production to the harmonies, to the melody to everything! I worked on it. It was really tricky as it was my first time, but I loved it, and I learnt a few new tricks here and there.

The artist line up was actually a surprise, and a shock to me, but it was an honor to be in the same room as these artists and the fact that I got to know them personally behind the mic, was something else.

The charity has heard the snippet of the song, which we absolutely adore. What are your thoughts on the track? Is there anything you didn’t want in or wanted to change?

It was tough getting the track together but we got it done and we got it right. As we were recording the song, I was sitting in the studio re-writing it; I wanted the lyrics to flow more, for the vocals and the melody to soar.

It’s an up tempo ballad, the vocals are soaring, and the instrumental is unique. I can’t wait for the world to hear this song. When you put so much hard work into something you just want to share it with the world. I still haven’t marveled at what we at Sony and the Songwriting Charity have accomplished. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this possible. I really hope that the message of the song gets across, and that we can live to see another day and another night. – Ali Haidar on writing Another Day Another Night.

Songwriting Charity and Skoogmusic celebrate UK Inspire Day at Hackney Special School

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Songwriting Charity and Skoogmusic celebrate UK Inspire Day at Hackney Special School

Downsview School in Hackney will join in the UK Inspire Day celebrations by working with The Songwriting Charity and Skoogmusic to create an original song for the Hackney School’s Sports Championships in July.

UK Inspire Day is a celebration of the London 2012 Inspire programme – a family of over 2,700 projects across the UK that have been inspired by the Games to do something special in their local communities.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: ‘UK Inspire Day is a celebration of the Inspire programme and more than 2700 exceptional projects like the Songwriting Charity’s Songwriting Marathon whose events and celebrations this summer will bring the UK to life.’

The Songwriting Charity’s Songwriting Marathon is one of the exceptional projects to have been awarded the coveted Inspire mark and become part of the London 2012 Inspire programme that has already given 10 million people across the UK an opportunity to join in with Games-inspired activity and try something new.

Nathan Timothy, CEO of the Songwriting Charity said: “I am delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with Skoogmusic at Downsview School on UK Inspire Day. Skoogmusic and our charity share a vision to empower all young people through the art and craft of songwriting. And the Skoog is an amazing instrument to behold.”

Nathan added: “We’ve worked with over 1000 children since we started the Songwriting Charity and now that Skoogmusic is in the creative process, we’re excited at how we can really encourage and empower all children to make music.”

Dr Ben Schögler, Creative Director of Skoogmusic Ltd said: “We are really thrilled to be working with the Songwriting Charity on this wonderful project. At Skoogmusic we believe in ‘music for everyone’ and more importantly that everyone has the right to make their own music.”

“The opportunity the Skoog offers for including all children in actively making music is unique. We hope we will be able to help more children, particularly those with disabilities or additional support needs, through the art and craft of songwriting.”

Aneurin Wood, Principal Equalities & Disability Inclusion Officer at The Learning Trust said: “I am delighted that the pupils from Downsview have the opportunity to play an active role in the Hackney Schools’ Sports Championships by composing the official anthem of the Hackney Schools’ Sports Championships”

Notes to editors 

Nathan Timothy Foundation – the Songwriting Charity

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 Songwriting Charity, addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children using songwriting and music technology. The Songwriting Charity formed in 2011, based in London, Cambridge and Gloucestershire.

About the London 2012 Inspire Programme Songwriting Marathon

26 songs recorded in 26 schools, in the spring/summer terms of 2012. A world class London 2012 themed anthem is written and performed by a class of children in a primary, secondary or SEN school.  The children’s anthem is recorded and ready to share with the world at the end of an exciting one-day workshop.

The Songwriting Charity is a wellbeing charity, formed in July 2011 and working across the country delivering songwriting workshops designed to boost the self esteem, confidence and participation of children and young people using songwriting and music technology.

Contact details: John Quinn, Director of Engagement, Nathan Timothy Foundation, on 07950 022009 or emailImage john@songwritingcharity.org

About Skoogmusic Ltd: Skoogmusic Ltd was founded in 2007 by Dr’s Ben Schogler and David Skulina.

The company is the commercial result of the NESTA ‘new instrument’ project lead by Professor Nigel Osborne. Skoog is a radically simple, all-new musical instrument that gets more people playing music, particularly disabled children.

For more information – Contact Ben or David on 0131 554 2838 / ben@skoogmusic.com david@skoogmusic.com

About The Learning Trust:

For more information and photography, contact Steve Ebert, Corporate Communications Manager, The Learning Trust, 020 8820 7474

The Learning Trust took over the responsibility for education in Hackney from Hackney Council on Thursday 1 August 2002. The Learning Trust is responsible for the education of over 26,000 children in 75 schools. For further information visit The Learning Trust website at www.learningtrust.co.uk