The 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