Online was fun, thank you all- but it’s time to get back together – come join us.October 20, 2021
19 months ago we embarked on a journey into the unknown.
- How could we keep our choirs together when we can’t sing in person?
- How do we keep our Conductors employed when we can’t sing in person?
- What other options did we have when we can’t sing in person?
They were quite scary questions, the answer to which was eventually – going online.
Since March 2020 we have
delivered almost 700 unique online sessions,
featured 32 professional artists,
reached 20,000+ people,
received more than 192,000 unique engagements and
had more than 557,000 video minutes viewed.
I’m not sure we thought this would be the case when we started.
A lot of us have got to know one another a lot better over this time, which is a wonderful (if unplanned) outcome. The familiarity, understanding and even empathy that comes from this will result in better connected choirs with better HQ support in 2022.
The Livestream/Zoom/YouTube has allowed us to continue to employ ALL our wonderful conductors throughout and this is the primary reason that they’re still around 18 months later ready and willing to lead your choir again.
If you did watch the online sessions, I want to personally and gratefully say thank-you. Without you actually watching and participating, there may not have been a choir nor conductor able to re-commence. Those of you who tuned in have kept this organisation alive, vibrant and (honestly) viable – I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now, we enter the final stages of our online experiment as we look forward to re-engaging with each other personally and musically. As we do I would ask you to consider tuning in online over the next few weeks.
- If you haven’t before, I know your conductors would love to see your face or a comment come up – you cannot imagine the boost it gives them.
- If you do tune in regularly, maybe watch someone different than just your conductor also or maybe see if you can’t convince some more of your choir mates to join you.
Having 20 0r 30 people tune in to watch and participate will create a wonderful positivity and fuel a brighter return to choir.
While it has not been ideal, it has been very exciting, educational and completely entertaining.
I have thanked all our wonderful conductors for their astonishing approach to what we’ve been through, they’ve never waivered in their focus on providing music for all your lives. You can thank them too by tuning in (or second best attending the first session back).
If you haven’t heard from your committee about the details to coming back, you will soon – don’t stress – some situations are a little more complex than others.
We at HQ are looking forward to getting back to doing what we’re more comfortable with (and probably better at too 😉), once you’re all rehearsing again.
If you have any questions or anything else at all please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Cheers and Thanks again
Nathan Lange Business and Operations Manager Creativity Australia
With One Voice Seed Funding ROUND 18 OPEN!October 20, 2021
With One Voice community choir Seed-funding grants of up to $10,000 available NOW!
Creativity Australia is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation with our life-changing With One Voice (WOV) program. There are currently 32 WOV community choirs across Australia that counter the increasing incidence of loneliness in our communities and bridge the gap between people experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate through the neuroscientific benefits of group singing. We build supportive networks that help people connect to brighter futures. Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time.
As we continue to work towards our Covid-Normal we have awarded 4 grants of up to $10,000 in 2021 so far through our With One Voice Local Franchise Start-up fund. The final round for 2021 is now open with applications closing 5pm, Tuesday, 30 November 2021.
Local community groups, social businesses and not-for-profits wanting to promote social inclusion and tackle loneliness, isolation, depression and disadvantage in their community are invited to apply. Additionally, each successful application joins a 12-month intensive mentoring program that ensures success. We’re on the look-out for more community organisations who are movers and shakers in their communities; aspiring to produce meaningful change and create a more fair and caring society; and are passionate about community wellbeing and the power of the arts – especially singing. If this is you, click here for more information and to start your application today.
‘Getting Stronger’ – our Brisbane choir launch their Virtual Choir videoJune 5, 2020
When Covid hit and our With One Voice Brisbane choir had to cancel their annual Birthday celebration concert, their music leaders Cath Mundy and Jay Turner decided to think outside of the square to make sure they still brought their choir together to mark the occasion.
The married song-writing duo picked out a song they had written about strength and resilience and asked their members to record themselves singing it at home. The result was epic. See for yourself!