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With One Voice Seed Funding Round 19 OPEN NOW!

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 through our With One Voice Local Franchise Start-up fund. The first round for 2022 is now open with applications closing 5pm, Thursday, 31 March 2022.

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.

https://www.creativityaustralia.org.au/choirs/start/

WOV AUS, We All Sing Together

WOV AUS, WE ALL SING TOGETHER: END OF YEAR AUDIO RECORDING PROJECT

A Mass Singalong audio recording of We All Sing Together, written and produced by Cath Mundy and Jay Turner, conductors of With One Voice Brisbane 🙂

This exciting project is a celebration of our WOV community joining back together in person, getting through the last 2 pandemic years and nicely tying off the year and online program that has kept us all going throughout this challenging time. It leads perfectly on from the online program and Mass Zoom sessions of previous months and will, in one big go, bring together the WOV community online once again, culminating in a wonderful mass audio recording of Cath and Jay’s fantastic original song. Something for the ages!

WOV HQ and all involved are very pleased to share with you the final recording and video available to view here! https://youtu.be/bvQ2nFOwcqo

Thank you to everyone, Cath and Jay and your wonderful song, Nicki and Craig for their video editing expertise and everyone! who submitted an audio recording or who joined us for the video 🙂

It really is an amazing celebration of the years that have been and our WOV community sticking together.

AND REMEMBER – ‘Your voice has a place in the choir, your voice has a place in the world.’

WOV HQ Team 

Online was fun, thank you all- but it’s time to get back together – come join us.

19 months ago we embarked on a journey into the unknown.

  1. How could we keep our choirs together when we can’t sing in person?
  2. How do we keep our Conductors employed when we can’t sing in person?
  3. 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!

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.

https://www.creativityaustralia.org.au/choirs/start/

‘Getting Stronger’ – our Brisbane choir launch their Virtual Choir video

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!

NEW! Online LIVE Sessions Now Available

With social distancing and self isolation becoming our day to day reality, we at Creativity Australia wanted to ensure we were still delivering our inclusive With One Voice choir programs to our members and guests, even if we can’t be there with you in person.

In light of recent circumstances, we were forced to suspend in-person gatherings and come up with something to keep us all singing together during this time of hardship.

We enlisted the help of our amazing conductors – 16 of them to be precise, based all around Australia – to deliver LIVE online sessions every night of the week. Each weeknight, we will be offering at least two 30 minute LIVE broadcasts per night with a With One Voice Conductor. This means you have 16 different Conductors to choose from. You can tune in to as many sessions as you please and sing along at home to warms ups, tongue twisters and much loved songs.

Here’s snap (below) of Liz from Chatswood delivering her live session!

Click HERE to find out how you can join in!

Round 13 of our ‘Start a Choir’ Grants now open!

To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Creativity Australia is offering grants of up to $10,000 to people or groups who are wanting to start their own With One Voice choir.

Applications for round 13 will be accepted and considered up until 5:00pm, 31st May, 2020.

Click here to read more: 

Can you help us reach our EOFY target?

Double your donation up until June 30 to help us with our EOFY fundraising drive!

We need your help to keep our WOV Choirs running seamlessly. Your generous donations go towards all sorts of things like music, professional conductors, venue hire, staffing, publicity, digital marketing as well as all the boring bits like music licensing, public liability insurance and fees.

Most importantly though, it helps towards supporting people in need to be a part of these life-changing and life-saving programs.

Everything you donate during May and June 2019 will be kindly matched by our secret sponsor, up to the value of $100,000. How awesome is that?

All donations to us are tax deductible and we can provide you with a receipt to hand to your nominated tax agent.

Media Release – 3 more communities awarded with Seed funding grants!

We are thrilled to announce that 3 more communities have been awarded seed funding to start their own With One Voice choirs.

The recipients – Kickstart Arts in Glenorchy, Hobart TAS, St Pauls in Burwood, NSW and Ben Woodd from Croydon, Adelaide SA – will establish inclusive community choirs open to all community members, regardless of whether or not they have singing experience or ability.

The three committees will now undertake mentoring from Creativity Australia whilst they are setting up the choirs. For more information, check out the full Press Release here.

NEW SEASON STARTING SOON!

We’re about to start our new season of choir. Most choirs start back during the first week of February. Head to our ‘JOIN A CHOIR‘ page to see where your nearest choir is and why not head along and give it a try. No experience necessary, everyone welcome!

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Inspirational Melburnian – Tania de Jong AM

Our Founder Tania de Jong AM hit the headlines last night when she was featured on the ‘Inspirational Melbourne’ section of the Channel 7 news.

The lovely Peter Mitchell visited our Creativity Australia HQ and spoke to Tania long with members of our combined Melbourne choirs about the benefits of community singing, our 10th Anniversary Concert and Tania’s plans for Creativity Australia in the future. Whilst he was here, the choirs treated Peter to a lively rendition of Singing in the Rain.

You can see the full story here:

To book tickets to see our choirs perform at Melbourne Town Hall on 2nd December 2018, please visit: https://events.humanitix.com.au/wobv

 

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