What they say…..

‘This has been the most exciting, stimulating, rich and rewarding day which all young people should be encouraged to enjoy. This day will be remembered for a life-time, reflecting that education should be a dance to great music’.

A teacher’s comment following a Bully Beat PACS workshop in Essex yesterday.

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Listen to some of the songs that have been written by children participating in the Positive Assertive Confidence Skills programme in Essex: https://soundcloud.com/the-songwriting-charity/sets/pacs-essexcc-kidscape

 

 

Project K

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What is Project K?

Primary schools in the Cardiff/Penarth area will benefit from a fully funded Songwriting Charity project entitled ‘Project K.’ Project K is a tribute to Kate Johnson, the sister of our CEO, Nathan Timothy, who sadly passed away in July 2012 after a short illness.

The project will consist of 10 ‘Master Peace’ one song, one day workshops in 10 different Primary Schools and will culminate in a celebratory event in Cardiff towards the end of the summer term. Approximately 300 children will take part in the workshops.

Each workshop will be filmed in HD and the finished documentaries will be shown as a backdrop to the final performances of all songs.

Parents, carers, family and friends will be able to purchase tickets to the event. All proceeds will go towards further Songwriting Charity Workshops in the Cardiff/Penarth area. It is our hope Project K will live on and eventually benefit ALL children and young people across Wales.

Initial funding for this project has been raised by the Project K team taking part in the 3 Peaks Challenge in May 2013 and also from a number of key sponsors and partners. We have also been actively fundraising using micro-donation website, Ploink. You can make a donation towards Project K on Nathan’s Three Peaks Fundraiser Page.

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/nathantimothy1

At the end of the project, we will hold celebratory event featuring the songs written and recorded by the children being performed for parents, teachers, and honoured guests. All children that take part will receive a limited edition Songwriting Charity badge and certificate of achievement.

We are actively looking for sponsors and in-kind support, and if you are interested in supporting Project K now and in the future, please email john@songwritingcharity.org to discuss how you would like to get involved.

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.

Education recruiter pens anti-bullying anthem to mark Anti-Bullying Week 2012

Itper – the Education Recruiter pens anti-bullying anthem for Anti-Bullying Week 2012

In a move which could be the first of it’s kind, a leading children’s charity has partnered with an education staffing company in order to reach thousands of children and young people with an anti-bullying message.

The Songwriting Charity is proud to announce that it has partnered with Itper – The Education Recruiter. The partnership is being launched with a fundraising drive focusing on the charity’s BullyBeat songwriting programme. The partnership is an exciting one and will really boost the charity’s efforts to reach many more children and young people, improving their self-esteem, confidence and overall wellbeing.

Nathan Timothy, CEO of the Songwriting Charity said, “We recently worked with the Itper‘s entire London team. They set about writing their own BullyBeat song, “Never Alone”. Some stars were born that day!.” Nathan continued, “Itper’s willingness to show their solidarity with the thousands of children out there who are affected by bullying, was heartfelt. Their song carries a universal and very powerful message, and we are so proud to be working in partnership with Itper.”

Tim Mirsadeghi, Managing Director of Itper commented: “Corporate Social Responsibility is something Itper take’s seriously. Having witnessed the positive and immediate results of the inspirational songwriting workshops run by the Songwriting Charity in schools, we decided that we wanted to get fully involved. Not just in the background, but as a full Partner to an extraordinary children’s charity.

“At a time when private agencies are often in the news for all the wrong reasons, it’s really nice for Itper to be part of such a good news story. We’re therefore delighted to announce our Partnership with The Songwriting Charity – it’s an incredible opportunity for Itper, our teachers and our schools to make a positive difference to young people’s lives.”

“Never Alone” is available to download from http://soundcloud.com/the-songwriting-charity/itper-workshop. The music video to accompany the song is available to watch on the charity’s Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Lpw-xLEqdA

Notes to Editors:

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 currently works with over 250 schools and non-mainstream settings across the country

The Songwriting Charity formed in 2011, and is based in London, Cambridge, Gloucestershire and Kent.

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

The Songwriting Charity is an Associate Member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance

Further information and all social feeds can be found on the charity’s website: http://nathantimothyfoundation.org

Media enquiries to: John Quinn, Director of Engagement john@songwritingcharity.org or 07950 022009

Information about Itper: http://www.itper.com/

Itper – The Education Recruiter is a specialist education staffing agency providing teaching, technical and education support staff to schools, nurseries and colleges in London and the South East. They have offices in London and Sydney, Australia.

Itper was founded in 2003, and they are one of only two education agencies to have been awarded a perfect score every year from the Department of Education Quality Mark, in recognition of outstanding safeguarding and vetting procedures.

Itper are members of the recruitment trade bodies APSCO and The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC).

Tim Mirsadeghi is Founder and Managing Director of Itper. He is an Executive Board member of The Association of Recruitment Consultancies, (the recruitment industry trade body). He is also a member of Elite Recruitment Leaders, (a peer networking forum of recruitment industry executives), and The Institute of Directors.

Media enquiries to: Tim Mirsadeghi, Managing Director, Itper, timm@itper.com or 020 8853 0144

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.