“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.

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.

Songwriting Charity @ Midem 2013


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


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/

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Summer time, and the giving is easy!!!!


The Nathan Timothy Foundation, the Songwriting Charity, is signed up to the online fundraising portal TheGivingMachine™. We hope to raise much needed income to support the charity’s wellbeing work which is centred around the delivery of songwriting workshops in schools and community groups for children and young people from five to 25 through the innovative online shopping scheme developed by four dads in Bishop’s Stortford.

A member of the Institute of Fundraising, TheGivingMachine™ taps into the multi-billion pound online retail market by providing a website for shoppers to buy from over 100 leading retailers. Every time they shop, a percentage of the sale is turned into a donation on behalf of the shopper and given to their chosen UK charity and/or school – at no cost to the shopper. The not-for-profit scheme launched nationally in 2007 and is already raising regular income for over 600 charities and schools across the UK.

The work of the Nathan Timothy Foundation – ‘The Songwriting Charity’ addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of children using songwriting and music technology. All of our 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. We are the #1 charity in the world dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the art and craft of songwriting. We were attracted to TheGivingMachine™ because of its ease of use, guaranteed regular income and the organisation’s transparency.

We also love the choice of retailers, the special offers available for our supporters and the fact that the team at The Giving Machine are friendly, helpful and always very supportive in their efforts to help us attract more support.

The fact of the matter is that we are all doing so much shopping online. If just 100 of our supporters shopped via TheGivingMachine, we could raise well over £1,000 a year of additional income! We have over 2000 Facebook supporters and if they all shopped via the Giving Machine…. well, it would make a huge difference!

To raise money for our charity, simply go to http://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk then join as a Giver/Shopper & select the Nathan Timothy Foundation as one of your beneficiaries. You can then shop via TheGivingMachine™ and support the wellbeing of children in your local schools, communities and beyond! 

Reasons to be cheerful …. two

Imagine our surprise and excitement to wake up one morning and find a very public gift on our social media doorstep! Bea and Andy Marshall are the Web Design Family and run the wonderful and highly regarded web design studio called Moogaloo. Moogaloo have pledged 10% of their turnover to support our work. In one word, amazing! Such an exciting level of engagement and opportunity beckons. One look at their own website (see screen grab above) and you begin to appreciate why they’re special. After you read their guest blog below, experience the delights of their home page and savour the kind of web design journey they will take you on!

What does this kind of support mean to us? We’re a small charity and support like this can literally make all the difference, enabling us to deliver work in areas we haven’t been to yet, reaching even more children who are disadvantaged in some way, are being bullied or are nervous about transitioning from primary to secondary school. We can equip ourselves with specialist equipment such as SoundBeam or a couple of iPod Touches that we can use in our workshops with children with Special Educational Needs. The charity is also of the size where such injections of support filter right on through to the frontline. Every penny and every pound helps us deliver.

Bea & Andy, we send you much love and appreciation. Thank you for your openness, tribute and support.

“Isn’t it wonderful when you come across something that puts a smile on your face?  A thing which is a joy to explore. One of those moments in life when you remember that people really are good and, armed with creativity, can bring about transformation.

This is how we, at Moogaloo, felt when we discovered the Nathan Timothy Foundation.  There is so much passion behind the work of this charity and it excites us that their shared passion is working towards the emotional health and well-being of children.

Moogaloo is run by Andy and Bea Marshall.  We are a Web Design Family and we seek to create websites that customers enjoy visiting.  We know that when creativity and strategy come together all manner of things can transform.  This is how we go about designing and making such visually stunning and effective websites.

From the age of 11, Bea was bullied for several years while at school.  The bullying got so bad that one day she found herself crying at the top of the multi-storey car park getting ready to jump.  Fortunately the security guards for the car park heard Bea crying and rescued her.  After that the school took the bullying more seriously but the damage from bullying takes a long time to heal.

We believe that children should have every opportunity available to feel empowered in their sense of self worth and in their relationship with one another.  The video on the Nathan Timothy website shows just how powerful this way of working with children is.  We have been inspired by the testimonials of staff, parents and children themselves, showing the incredible impact this project is having already.  We want to be part of all of this and that is why we are giving 10% of our turnover to The Nathan Timothy Foundation.  We believe that it can make a difference and that difference can last a lifetime.”