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February 9, 2018
All With One Voice choirs have begun meeting for the 2018 Season. Everyone is invited, and there’s no audition necessary. If you think you’d like to join, but are still unsure, why not just visit the choir nearest you and check it out? You’ll meet people, participate in a rehearsal led by one of our fantastically talented conductors, and enjoy supper and conversation with other members.
We know you’ll love it, and we’ll love meeting you!
All the information you need to join or visit for the first time is here.
December 1, 2017
With One Voice Start-up Grants on offer – up to $10K available!
Current Round Applications close 1st June, 2018
The With One Voice choirs are about strengthening communities and inspiring individuals to find their voice. We believe empowered individuals and supportive communities are better placed to solve society’s big challenges including cross-cultural integration, unemployment, mental illness, productivity, skills shortages, loneliness and isolation, family fragmentation, homelessness and more. Creativity Australia is offering a limited number of seed funding grants to make it easier for communities to start their own choir.
“It’s not hard to be part of the solution to the loneliness epidemic,” says Creativity Australia Founder, Tania de Jong AM, “it’s just about finding ways to bring the community together to support one another.”
It is an opportunity to create connections and friendships between diverse people in our community. It is about reaching out to those who are experiencing disadvantage and encouraging the socially advantaged in our community to engage with, learn from and help these people. Learn more about the members we have helped here – member stories.
Round four of the With One Voice Start Up fund is now open to local community groups, not-for-profits and businesses to tackle loneliness, isolation and disadvantage in their community. Successful applicants join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them through the process of building their own With One Voice choir and a $10k Start-up Grant.
Founder & CEO of Centre for Hope, Geraldine Moran, the first successful applicant from Round One, says “With One Voice perfectly encapsulates the unity we want to create for our community. Mentoring is such a powerful tool, and through the With One Voice mentoring program we are learning quickly, safely and in a supported manner.”
For more information and to apply for a place in the With One Voice Start-up project, visit www.creativityaustralia.org.au/start.
February 15, 2017
More than 60% of people in our communities have felt lonely and disconnected at some time. For people experiencing disadvantage, this number is even higher. The financial, social and individual costs to our communities are growing every day, but solutions that are genuinely inclusive and accessible are limited.
Singing for Inclusion is a training course designed in partnership with Creativity Australia and Community Music Victoria to support community choirs and the With One Voice social inclusion program leaders to make a difference.
“In a world that is increasingly disconnected, community singing is an incredible way to connect people, create opportunities and improve wellbeing” says Creativity Australia founder Tania de Jong AM.
“Unfortunately, true inclusivity is hard to achieve, even for the most well-meaning and committed singing leader” says Community Music Victoria Chair Jane Coker.
Social inclusion singing groups require leaders that combine the skills of social worker, community development, teacher and conductor. This is a rare combination of skills that very few people possess.
The Sing for Inclusion training course will provide critical skills for musical leaders already working in this space, and develop new leaders so more communities can benefit from the inclusive power of singing.
To make the training accessible to community singing leaders, who are often volunteers or run programs in their spare time, 25 scholarships are being awarded. This has been made possible through the generous support of the Ian Potter Foundation and The RE Ross Trust.
Leaders can apply here or at Community Music Victoria (www.cmvic.org.au)