Together We Can Achieve More

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Together We Can Achieve More

A beautiful and very emotive song written by a small group of children from across year groups at Highfield Primary School, Enfield. Thank you to Ms Genia Fussco and the children for a truly memorable day. Such a lovely song, one that resonates on a many levels.

Our work in Enfield is made possible by the support of the Enfield Music Service. Thank you to Mea Jenkins and Kim Hember for their encouragement and financial support. The Enfield Music Service, making music make a difference in partnership with The Songwriting Charity.

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Coming with the Light of Kindness

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What is Something Kind?

Something Kind is our newest programme and has been designed in partnership with Gloucestershire Healthy Living & Learning and is generously match funded by The Summerfield Charitable Trust.

The idea behind this programme is to consider anti-bullying from a different angle. Children often tell us that bullying means people are saying unkind things or aren’t nice to one another. Through positive reinforcement and considering the impact that kindness and acts of kindness can have, we’re helping children (and schools) to look at addressing bullying behaviour in a different way. Our key aim is to highlight the mutual benefits of kindness, looking at and measuring how this consideration can boost a child’s confidence and self-esteem, while also facilitating a more caring and supportive environment.

Already 85% of participants think that they will do ‘kind things more often’ With a further 74% saying they think their workshop experience will make children in their class feel more confident about being kind to each other. A further 65% feel proud of their achievements during their workshop, in particular the words they had written that day. The important thing is for children to recognise the power and impact an act of kindness can have on their peers, school community and on them as initiators and receivers of acts of kindness.

Something Kind is the flip side of our Bully Beat coin. Once awareness is established through school based bullying prevention/anti-bullying work, it’s important to help children explore other creative measures to establish and maintain a happy and enriching learning environment. Something Kind workshops provide unique opportunities to experience and offer kindness through songwriting and self-expression.

We’re adding new videos to the Something Kind playlist on YouTube. Have a look at what we’ve done so far right here.

This is what people are saying about Something Kind

“We were having slight problems with a group of Y5 girls asserting their authority somewhat with other girls both in Y5 and Y4. These girls gained a lot form the workshop and it has made them think: the problems have not recurred this term. During and after the day, the pupils were full of the experience. Afterwards, some of the Y5 girls came and asked when it would be used and what for. They were proud that it would form the basis of this term’s assemblies and follow up focus. One of the other girls came quietly and told me that she had really enjoyed the whole experience and felt that she was more ‘in’ with some of the other girls as a result of it.” Jane Attwood, HEAD, Leighterton Primary School

“The box of kindness is made and up and running and looks great! In the end, we got the children to all do a small drawing or write a message and stuck them all over the box so that they had all contributed to it.  They started telling me about acts of kindness they’d witnessed straight away, so that’s great! What’s also been useful is that when we’ve had any minor friendship issues come up, we’re able to reflect back on the workshop and what was discussed and think about if the individuals involved have shown kindness and then use this to resolve problems.” Gemma Rouse, Class Teacher, Gotherington Primary

“Thank you so much for a super day on Friday.  The Year 5 pupils had a wonderful time.  It was a great experience for them and the song sounds great! Thank you also for your assembly which you led at the end of the day – the children loved it and learnt a lot at the same time.” Sally Green, Head, The John Moore Primary School, Tewkesbury

“The team were extremely professional and importantly able to impart knowledge to every child. The end result was one which was completely owned by the children. There are many hidden elements contained within the workshop which can be used as supporting evidence. I feel that this one project would support an Outstanding Ofsted judgement as it covers many of the aspects contained within the SMSC criteria and the criteria for Outstanding.” Ben Jordan, Head, Gotherington Primary

Feedback from teachers we’ve worked with on Project K

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We hope you like this video! Feedback from some of the heads & teachers we worked with on Project K last year in Cardiff. Details about Project K 2014 will be released soon. Project K is a special songwriting-in-schools programme for primary schools in Wales.

In 2013, pupils attending ten Cardiff primary schools benefited from this fully funded song-writing project promoting peace, celebrating song and remembering Kate Johnson, the sister of the charity’s CEO, Nathan Timothy. Kate was a visual artist in Cardiff who sadly passed away in July 2012. Kate was involved in the early stages of the Songwriting Charity’s work when it was founded in 2011

Project K 2014 is beginning to take shape. We plan to involve up to 40 primary schools and are busy putting a fundraising plan into action. We’re keen to hear from companies, local businesses and individuals who would like to get involved in the following ways:

  • Event sponsorship. Last year we held the Project K celebration event at the Millennium Stadium! We can’t think of a more iconic venue and intend to ‘takeover’ the stadium again next year. Can your company help us in 2014?
  • Make a personal or company donation towards our goal of bringing Project K to more than 1200 children. Visit BT MyDonate where you can make a commission free donation towards Project K.
  • If you have a place on the Cardiff Half Marathon 2014 or are planning a challenge event/activity, please consider raising funds for us and Project K.
  • If an employee decides to raise funds for Project K, could your company match it?
  • Provide in-kind support, for example marketing opportunities like advertorials in magazines, or letting us utilise any spare printing capacity for posters, stickers, leaflets even extra special Project K badges!

Whatever you decide to do, it will make a difference to a great many primary school children in your community.

If you have other ideas about how you can help us, or would like to discuss any of the above just email john@songwritingcharity.org

 

‘Spread Your Wings’ – Why small village schools need The Songwriting Charity too.

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We are St Peter’s C E Primary in Wymondham, Leicestershire – a small village school with only 40 pupils. A while ago we were fortunate enough to get to work with Ben O’Sullivan from The Songwriting Charity. You could be forgiven for thinking ‘What has the Songwriting Charity got to do with us? I thought they just visited big schools with big challenges’…and you might even be wondering how such a small school could afford a workshop programme without any local authority help or support from a grant. Let me answer both of these questions…and while I do, tell you just how inspirational and long lasting the whole experience is.

We have a great school, our teachers and pupils are happy, our latest Ofsted report was ‘Good’, we have no bullying or other such challenges to speak of, and our music provision is well established. But, we wanted to do something different, something innovative and inclusive of the whole school, something that would bring our village community together in celebration of our school and our amazing pupils. An opportunity to work with The Songwriting Charity presented itself and we grabbed it with both hands.

Ben O’Sullivan visited us and ran workshops with all the children over the course of one day. He worked with whole class groups, right down to individuals – harnessing their creativity and guiding them through the process of writing a song about our school, a song that they wanted to write…their words, not his, their melodies, not his – their school song!

Everyone was included and everyone contributed – from the reception class right through to Year 6. And what is amazing, is that those children who you would least expect to participate, were the ones who really shone. There really was an instant buzz around the school – with children singing the chorus over and over in groups around the playground…and I think maybe some of the teachers too!

So, how did we afford it? With Ben O’Sullivan’s help, we produced a DVD and CD of the song, the production costs being covered by a few generous local companies in return for their logo’s being placed on the DVD sleeve artwork. We then promoted and put on a school concert in our village hall with the children performing songs from their music classes. The grand finale was the official launch of the DVD, which was shown to all on a large screen, with the children singing along in the audience. It was a hugely emotional evening and a huge success. After the concert, one parent simply came up to me, and with tears in her eyes gave me a big hug and simply said “Thank you, thank you so much”. Our thanks are to Ben and The Songwriting Charity – for helping us show our community what an inspiration our pupils are.

The event was a sell-out and easily raised enough money to cover the costs of the workshop and the DVD sales, marketed as ‘the must have purchase of the year’ continue to generate funds for our school.

Was it worth it? Absolutely, one hundred percent YES! The children produced a truly inspirational piece of work that has created a long lasting legacy for the whole community, they have grown in confidence, opened their (and our) eyes to new & exciting opportunities, and given the whole school something to be really proud of. From a curriculum standpoint – let’s just say it ticked an awful lot of boxes! It was an incredible learning experience for all of us.

Would we recommend it to others? In a heartbeat.

By Mrs Anne Boyce – Headteacher, St Peter’s C E Primary School.

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:

http://www.nathantimothyfoundation.org

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

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

www.nathantimothyfoundation.org

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

Kent Creative Learning Showcase

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Kent Creative Learning Showcase

We’re very excited to be exhibiting at the Kent Creative Learning Showcase! We’ll be on Stand 45, Clive Emson Building, Kent County Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF between 8:30am – 2:30pm.

You’ll be able to talk to us about our work and get a better understanding of our funded projects that involve Kent schools for the next two years. We’ll be sharing information on our full range of songwriting-in-schools workshops suitable for Key Stage 1-3 mainstream and non-mainstream settings.

If you’re coming along to see what’s on offer for your school, like the sound of songwriting workshops and would like to use your funds to work with the #1 charity in the world dedicated to the empowerment of young people through the art and craft of songwriting, we’ll offer you a one-time only Creative Learning Showcase discount!

Below is further information taken directly from the Creative Learning website. We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

The Creative Learning Showcase is the perfect opportunity for schools, youth and community groups to meet organisations that can offer innovative and inspirational experiences for children. The practical workshops and informative presentations mean that whatever the setting, you will find something to suit your needs.

*Register at the event on 6 June to be entered into a free prize draw to win £250 to spend with the Creative Learning exhibitor of your choice.

Along with There will be inspiring presentations from:

Ger Graus, CEO of the Children’s University Trust on free-range learning within a factory model of education

The Education Endowment Foundation on the recently revised and re-launched teaching and learning toolkit

Ofsted on the pupil premium and how schools are using the funding

Caroline Gaskin, the South East Adviser for PTA-UK on PTA health checks and how to maximise your PTA fundraising potential