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:

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

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

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:

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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Another Day, Another Night

The Songwriting Charity has many friends and advocates. One of those is Singer and Songwriter Ali Haidar based in Melbourne, Australia. Ali used Twitter to say hi and to support our work and help create more awareness of what we do. Since then, Ali has been in touch regularly and as you’ll see from our first guest blog below, his support has taken on a new and exciting twist!

CEO of the Foundation, Nathan Timothy said, “We only started the charity in July 2011 and since then, the support for us has been overwhelming. We’re very proud that Ali has supported the Songwriting Charity in this wonderful way. Thank you Ali for always thinking of us. We’re looking forward to making that trip to meet you and the team at Sony sometime in 2012!”

Another Day, Another Night by Ali Haidar

“I wrote Another Day Another Night when I was working in the construction trade as an apprentice, and these words and a melody just came to me – “Maybe life isn’t what it seems”. At that point in my life I was in a very dark and shallow place; one that I don’t want to go back to. It wasn’t the best part of my life, but I made it through. Sticking to the melody in my head, I started writing more lyrics as I sung the tune to myself over and over.

Life was hard and there seemed very little left for me to look forward to. But then I wrote Another Day Another Night and it made me want to take hold of everything around me that was negative and change it all for the better.

I got up on my feet and started to get my music out there and thought of the people all around the world who would benefit from my song and who would relate to it. Eventually my team at Sony got in contact with some artists and asked them to be on the track.

The purpose of the track was to make an impact on society, and to help those going through life and who had some sort of tragedy. You know, like ‘let’s not waste another day or another night.’ I then thought to myself it would be even better to release this single as a charity single. My team and I thought and talked about it, and concluded “Another Day Another Night” would be a great song to represent everyone out there who is going through some kind of pain in their lives. We then got in contact with the charity and they loved the idea.

“Another Day Another Night” will be on my upcoming mixtape “Vulnerability in Abyss”, which will also have some new songs and remakes……. but for now, that’s all that will be revealed!

I love the work that the Songwriting Charity does, and the lives they continue to change. So with this song I hope the message gets across. I’m so blessed and glad to be a part of this project. Thank you to the Nathan Timothy Foundation for having me!” 🙂