Whoever You Are

Impossible not to be charmed and impressed by this latest Bully Beat song brought to us by the consistently brilliant young songwriters at Edward Francis Primary School, Rayleigh, Essex. The song deals with a serious issue confronting children and young people today. Whoever You Are is catchy, thoughtful, containing crystal clear messages. The sparkling performances captured in the video ensure the song’s appeal ranges far and wide. We’ve no doubt it will bring a smile to your face and get you tapping your feet, all for the right reasons!

Well done Edward Francis Primary School! You have graduated two cohorts of exceptional songwriters and clued up Bully Beat activists! This year’s Anti-Bullying Week is all about Making A Noise About Bullying – well you guys have been doing that for the last two years (and more) with the Songwriting Charity.

We offer thanks to the Essex Community Foundation and the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust Burns Night Pledge donors for supporting this important project, for playing their part in empowering children through the art and craft of songwriting and helping the world hear what they have to say.

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Kindness holds key as children sing out anti-bullying message

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Encouraging children to be kind and help each other will be the focus for anti-bullying week in Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL) has joined up with the Songwriting Charity to run 18 workshops in schools throughout the county in November. More than 500 children from 17 primary schools and one secondary school will be involved in producing their own songs and videos.

The aim of the workshops is to encourage young people to be kind to each other, promote positive behaviour and to raise confidence levels. The main activity will be focused around anti-bullying week, which runs from November 18th to 22nd.

Young people in school are being supported to write, rehearse and record an original song and video which will be uploaded to the Songwriting Charity website on the same day. It is free for the children to download and schools can use the songs for presentations and assemblies or for use in their communities.

The schools will also be encouraged to use ‘Bottles of Kindness’ to help young people record their acts of kindness and see the impact of the choices they make. Lessons plans will be provided to support this.

The first workshop ran at Gotherington Primary School on November 12th and this is the song that the Year Four pupils produced: https://soundcloud.com/the-songwriting-charity/sets/something-kind The video is at http://youtu.be/qopL9K-0fQY

The other primary schools taking part in November are St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary, Tibberton, Gretton, The John Moore, Picklenash, Queen Margaret Primary in Tewkesbury, Staunton and Corse and Highnam. The secondary school taking part is Newent Community School. Other schools will be booked in for December.

The focus is on schools in the most rural parts of Gloucestershire, ensuring those with least access to the arts are given new opportunities to participate.

Cllr Dorcas Binns, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, said: “We know from the Online Pupil Survey that an increasing number of young people feel confident in how their school deals with bullying but it’s vital that we keep up the good work.

“We are always looking for new ways to help our schools to tackle bullying and encourage positive behaviour. Workshops like these can be really effective in giving young people the confidence to look out for one another and to raise awareness of where they can turn if they need support.”

The Songwriting Charity offers one-day workshops and performance programmes that provide children with opportunities to sing, write lyrics, perform and record their ideas individually and as a team – evaluating their progress and supporting them to help their friends.

Ben O’Sullivan, Director of Programmes at the Songwriting Charity, said: “This year’s programme will encourage acts of kindness through songwriting, giving kindness the reputation it deserves, as well as leaving the legacy of an original song for all the schools that take part.

“In a safe and supportive environment, we can inspire young people to work together to keep each other safe, to promote positive behaviours and build self-confidence.”

You can find out more about the songwriting charity and see and hear last year’s anti-bullying songs from Gloucestershire schools at www.songwritingcharity.org

The ‘Something Kind’ programme is being supported by The Summerfield Charitable Trust and GHLL. A detailed evaluation of the workshops is also being carried out as part of the programme and the school will be able to use this and evidence from the workshop as part of their application for the GHLL award *

Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL) is funded by Gloucestershire County Council Public Health. It provides targeted support to schools to tackle areas they want to focus on improving. This could range from helping ensure more of their pupils eat breakfast to increasing opportunities to be active or improving support to pupils affected by bullying.

When schools apply to become a GHLL Healthy School, their form will be pre-filled with what their pupils have told us in the Online Pupil Survey. As well as saving them time filling in forms, this will mean that pupils’ views are listened to and acted upon.

Schools will need to identify two key areas for improvement – one of which needs to focus on a vulnerable group of pupils. Targeted intervention and support to tackle these priorities will then be provided free to schools by a group of leading teachers. Additional expertise could also be provided by Public Health and other county council staff.

Gloucestershire was the first county to take this targeted approach, which will ensure that the right support gets to the most vulnerable children, helping them to do better at school.

Published: 14 November 2013

Feedback from teachers we’ve worked with on Project K

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We hope you like this video! Feedback from some of the heads & teachers we worked with on Project K last year in Cardiff. Details about Project K 2014 will be released soon. Project K is a special songwriting-in-schools programme for primary schools in Wales.

In 2013, pupils attending ten Cardiff primary schools benefited from this fully funded song-writing project promoting peace, celebrating song and remembering Kate Johnson, the sister of the charity’s CEO, Nathan Timothy. Kate was a visual artist in Cardiff who sadly passed away in July 2012. Kate was involved in the early stages of the Songwriting Charity’s work when it was founded in 2011

Project K 2014 is beginning to take shape. We plan to involve up to 40 primary schools and are busy putting a fundraising plan into action. We’re keen to hear from companies, local businesses and individuals who would like to get involved in the following ways:

  • Event sponsorship. Last year we held the Project K celebration event at the Millennium Stadium! We can’t think of a more iconic venue and intend to ‘takeover’ the stadium again next year. Can your company help us in 2014?
  • Make a personal or company donation towards our goal of bringing Project K to more than 1200 children. Visit BT MyDonate where you can make a commission free donation towards Project K.
  • If you have a place on the Cardiff Half Marathon 2014 or are planning a challenge event/activity, please consider raising funds for us and Project K.
  • If an employee decides to raise funds for Project K, could your company match it?
  • Provide in-kind support, for example marketing opportunities like advertorials in magazines, or letting us utilise any spare printing capacity for posters, stickers, leaflets even extra special Project K badges!

Whatever you decide to do, it will make a difference to a great many primary school children in your community.

If you have other ideas about how you can help us, or would like to discuss any of the above just email john@songwritingcharity.org

 

Project K: Songs in the Key of Peace

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Over the last four months the Songwriting Charity has been working with ten schools in South Wales. The pupils benefited from a fully funded song-writing project called ‘Project K’, promoting peace, celebrating song and remembering Kate Johnson, the sister of the charity’s CEO, Nathan Timothy. Kate was a visual artist in Cardiff who sadly passed away in July 2012 after a short illness. Kate was involved in the early stages of the Songwriting Charity’s work when it was founded in 2011.

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Project K schools assembled in the Millennium Lounge at the Millennium Stadium watching their high definition music videos for the first time!
Photo credit: Paul James Newton Photography

Phase one of Project K culminated in a celebratory event (our first ever!) held at the Millennium Stadium on July 8th with the support of the Millennium Stadium Communities Team and Capita Education Resourcing. 300 pupils from the schools, with teachers, parents and invited guests were in attendance. Each workshop and school performance (filmed in high definition) was shown for the first time to the assembled pupils and guests at the stadium.

Nathan Timothy, CEO of the Songwriting Charity said, “Project K is a fitting tribute to my wonderful sister. Standing in front of 300 smiling children at the Millennium Stadium was one of the most wonderful feelings I have ever experienced. I have never felt so proud, so emotional, so elated. The children were so excited to hear their songs of peace and attentive as they watched their films on the big screen for the first time. To everyone who has worked so hard to make this project a success, I am so grateful. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough. Here’s to next year!’

Special guests included Songwriting Charity Ambassadors, The Floe, who performed three songs, including an exclusive written for Project K and available now as a free download https://soundcloud.com/thefloe/t-minus-one-by-the-floe-free, and BBC Wales’ Frank Hennessy who delighted the crowd with an energetic and lively set featuring some of his and our favourite songs. It really was a pleasure to have Frank and The Floe as our VIPs for the day.

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Sarah Springett & Liz Townsend, Songwriting Charity Ambassadors The Floe
Photo credit: Paul James Newton Photography

Liz Townsend, one half of The Floe said, “Project K was my first public engagement as Ambassador for the charity and what a truly incredible day it was! Hundreds of children from ten schools all showcasing their songs at the Millennium Stadium, it really doesn’t get any better than this. Seeing their faces as they watched themselves on screen, you couldn’t help but be in awe at the extensive amount of work that went into the production of the songs, the videos and the entire event. I feel honoured to have been part of Project K 2013 and can’t wait to see what Project K 2014 will bring. One thing is guaranteed… it will be exceptional!”

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Frank Hennessy presenter of Celtic Heartbeat, BBC Wales delighting the audience with the crowd pleasing Billy The Seal!
Photo credit: Paul James Newton Photography

The Songwriting Charity is continuing to raise funds to support further workshops in the Cardiff area with the aspiration that Project K will live on and reach out to children and young people across Wales.

Initial funding for Project K was through a sponsored 3-Peaks Challenge in May 2013 a challenge undertaken by Paul James Newton, Richard Barron, Jamie Quarry, Scott Bailey, Scott Cohen, Paul Gregory, Rebecca & Joe Davies, Peter & Charlotte Rhodes and Nathan Timothy.

An evocative preview of Project Khttp://youtu.be/jk6tQLQefDo

‘Project K’ partner schools:

Meadowlane Primary School

Oak Field Primary School

Oakfield Primary School

Rumney Primary School

Springwood Primary School

Tai Education Centre

Trowbridge Primary School

Willowbrook Primary School

Windsor Clive Primary School

Ysgol Cymraeg Pwll Coch

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For more information about the Songwriting Charity and Project K, and on how to get involved contact john@songwritingcharity.org  /  07950022009

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

To make a donation towards future Project K work, please click here

The Songwriting Charity has offices in Cambridge, Cheltenham and Dartford.

Company No. 7719125 Registered charity no. 1146228. Patron: Guy Fletcher OBE FRSA

Bully Beat Songwriting Programme Given a Major Funding Boost

Major funding has been awarded to The Songwriting Charity to support the delivery of our Bully Beat anti-bullying songwriting and wellbeing project to primary and special schools, and pupil referral Units across the Swale district of Kent. More than 1800 children will benefit directly.

Nathan Timothy, Chief Executive of the Songwriting Charity said, “This is a huge moment for the charity. We’re very proud to have received the backing of the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust and offer our heartfelt thanks to Nick Lawson and the Trust’s Committee for believing in us! Being awarded funding from the Trust will make this the single biggest mobilisation of the Bully Beat programme since we formed the charity 18 months ago.”

“The idea is to get children across the country talking through a regional and national network of song, promoting positive anti-bullying intervention. The more we talk, the stronger the anti-bullying message becomes. And when you transform those messages into song, they are amplified and all the more impactive.”

Nick Lawson, Chairman of the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust said, “The ALMT is all about mitigating the suffering of children. Through the Songwriting Charity we have a clear chance to identify and act on bullying in schools.”

ImageOne of the schools that will benefit from the funding provided by the ALMT is Halfway Houses Primary School on the Isle of Sheppey. Head teacher Ryan Driver said, The Songwriting Charity has enabled our children to be proactive in their stance against bullying. Being part of the songwriting process has allowed them to voice their opinions through music and song as well as being able to share their work with the rest of the school and the community through our website. This kind of creative experience really enriches what we do, as a school, to promote the anti-bullying message.”

About The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust

The ALMT is a registered children’s charitable trust committed to mitigating the suffering of children by working with grassroots partners across the world. The ALMT make targeted grants to programmes that it believes will outlive its legacy and they have a proven track record of supporting sustainable projects internationally. By the close of 2012 the trust had engaged globally in more than 50 projects with 35 partners in 17 countries. Further information about the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust can be found here: http://www.almt.org

About the Nathan Timothy Foundation – The Songwriting Charity

The work of the Nathan Timothy Foundation ‘The Songwriting Charity’ addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people using songwriting and music technology. The charity’s Bully Beat songwriting workshop has been designed to enthuse primary aged children about the process of lyric writing, singing, music arranging and contemporary production whilst promoting a serious anti-bullying message.

To date children’s songs written across a range of Songwriting Charity workshops have been streamed approaching 70,000 times on the charity’s SoundCloud, and their music videos viewed more than 32,000 times via the Songwriting Charity’s YouTube Channel.

The Songwriting Charity Social feeds:

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

Angus Lawson Memorial Trust social feeds:

https://twitter.com/wwwalmtorg

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Angus-Lawson-Memorial-Trust/103631236385938

We love what we do at the Songwriting Charity!

Every week, we receive wonderful feedback and evaluation from schools we work with. The eagle eyed among you will know we also collect feedback at the end of our workshops from teachers and children, captured and uploaded to our SoundCloud. Every now and again, we receive an email or Facebook message from parents of children who gained so much in terms of improved self confidence and enjoyment because they participated in the songwriting workshop delivered that day. To follow is one such piece of feedback from a parent. It means so much to us that the work had such an impact. And, we’re very proud to be able to share this with the world!
“I wanted to write and say thank you so much for giving my son an opportunity to take part in the one-day workshop held at Old Bexley Church of England Primary School.  Briefly, my son has been under Great Ormond Street Hospital since he was a few weeks old and as a result of his condition he worries (and that is an understatement) when faced with anything outside of his normal structure/comfort zone.
I cannot even begin to put into words how much my Son enjoyed his day with Nathan Timothy and the enthusiasm he showed when coming out from school.  He was filled with happiness and excitement and couldn’t stop talking about his “musical day”.  He particularly couldn’t wait to play us the song that the children had worked on that day and indeed he still talks about the experience now.
The Songwriting Charity not only does fantastic work to get important messages across such as anti-bullying but also gives children an opportunity to build their confidence in a unique way.  It is a win/win situation.  I simply can’t put into words how happy and proud it made me when my son ran out of school so excited with a huge smile on his face, so thank you very much!” Mrs Sharon Keen.
Thank you, Sharon.

The Songwriting Charity partners with “High Barn Arts CIC”

The Songwriting Charity is really proud to announce it has partnered with the newly formed High Barn Arts CIC. For the past ten years High Barn has built a reputation as a highly respected music venue and has been regarded as a home and seeding ground for creative development in music & performing arts. We want to expand on this reputation and build on our programme of events held at the venue to include all kinds of performing and visual arts.

As High Barn Arts, (HBA), is a community interest company, any profits generated are reinvested right back into the business to provide a greater benefit to the artists who perform here, the audiences who attend events and the community. There are no share holders to take away any profits!

Nathan Timothy, CEO of the Songwriting Charity said, “I’m delighted we are one of the first organisations to partner with HBAs. High Barn has deserved reputation as the country’s best small music venue! We’ll be collaborating on a number of songwriting, creative arts and music projects as part of our push to reach young people in the Eastern region.”

The Songwriting Charity, provide songwriting programmes that enhance and support children’s learning & wellbeing, and will be using the High Barn as a base for their East of England operations. In addition to the work with the Songwriting Charity, HBAs will be providing a space for many other lectures, classes and work shops etc. This will directly contribute towards the future of the venue as well as supporting the community and the arts programme. The already established music, filming and recording aspects of High Barn will be nurtured and progressed within HBA with the aim supporting many more emerging artists.

“Being a “CIC” will enable us to seek funding as well as sponsorship for a wide range of projects”. Explains Paul Boon, High Barn Arts Managing Director. “We have various sponsorship packages available for individuals or businesses to get involved and support the community with us. We also offer private and corporate membership opportunities too”.  Alistair McMillan the Company’s Programming Director said, “HBA CIC will be providing high quality, affordable arts experiences to people from all walks of life”. Alistair went on to say, “We aim to provide benefits and opportunities to individuals, clubs, societies, educational establishments as well as companies”.

High Barn Arts is dedicated solely to its community purpose, contributing to the cultural, social and economic benefit of the community as a whole. Enabling wider public use of the venue for social functions, creativity and learning, to interact and above all, to enjoy the experience.

To get involved with Songwriting Charity projects for schools and community groups at High Barn Arts, in the first instance contact john@songwritingcharity.org

For further information about High Barn Arts, please call 01371 811291 or visit www.highbarnarts.org.