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


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

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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.

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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