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Ci2015: Creative Innovation Conference

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Our friends at Creative Universe have just announced details of their 2015 Creative Innovation Conference, will happen in March at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

“We need to find innovative solutions to the great problems of today to make them the opportunities of the future.

Ci2015 will feature over 40 global leaders, innovators and thinkers and deliver world class creative ideas and pragmatic solutions. It will offer credible forecasts, strategies and practices to help transform you and the leadership of organisations.

Join big and small business, educators, entrepreneurs, creative and government leaders, emerging talent and leading thinkers from around the World.

This is a must-­attend event for everyone seeking fresh insights, ideas, tools and connections.”


Diva and Divo… Puccini to Pop!

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Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
When: 11am, Tuesday 16 September

Featuring soprano Tania de Jong AM, baritone Jonathan Morton and pianist Rosa Scaffidi.

A celebration of fantasy, love, passion and romance in all its guises, our Diva and Divo bring a sensual mix of contemporary classics, opera and Broadway hits and beautiful duets to stir your senses and touch your heart. You will be entertained by the glorious voices, quality, charm, warmth, humour and theatricality of the artists.

The show features the founders of sensational singing group Pot-Pourri, Tania de Jong AM (soprano) and Jonathan Morton (baritone) with outstanding pianist Rosa Scaffidi. For many years they have performed all over the world at major concert halls, festivals and special events as well as releasing 7 CDs.

Songs include You Raise Me Up, My Way, Nessun Dorma, Time to Say Goodbye, Tonight from Westside Story, The Impossible Dream, La Vie en Rose, Summertime and highlights from shows including Carmen, Westside Story, Phantom of the Opera, La Traviata, Les Miserables and many more. Do not miss a magical performance!

“Brilliant performance – perfect repertoire selection, they deserved the standing ovation they received!” Star Observer

Tix $17-20

Book online or call 9278 4770.

With One BIG Voice Concert

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You’re invited to enjoy the 2014 With One BIG Voice concert, proudly presented by Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choirs!

BE INSPIRED songs & stories from 400 diverse voices.
AMAZING SONGS including Pharrell Williams’ HappyLet It Go from Frozen, Summer Nights from Grease, favourites from Queen, ABBA, The Carpenters and more.
CELEBRATE the winners of Sing for Spring!
SUPPORT CHARITY online bookings tax-deductible.

When: Sunday 12 October, 3.00-5.30pm
Melbourne Town Hall, Corner Collins & Swanston Streets
$30 Full / $20 Concession / $10 Child / $50 Family



CONTACT (03) 8679 6088 / [email protected]


Going Global: With One Voice Holland


Wow! Marja de Jong (namesake and soul-sister of our Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM) has launched four With One Voice choirs in Holland!

Join us on this international community singing journey and help change the world, one voice at a time!

View Marja’s With One Voice Holland website.

Music video released: Sing It Out

This song was written specially for Sing for Spring by Scott Johnson (singer/songwriter, actor, star of the Jersey Boys) and features his partner Verity Hunt-Ballard (Sing for Spring Ambassador and Helpmann Award winning star of Mary Poppins) and With One Voice choir participants. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful recording project.

What would the world be like if we sung more? To find out, be part of Sing for Spring, our national community singing project.

Register now at

Closure of With One Voice Frankston

It is with great regret that Creativity Australia announces the closure of its With One Voice Frankston program.

The success and sustainability of the With One Voice program is contingent upon its community engagement model. This model has been the cornerstone of the growth of Creativity Australia’s programs. Unfortunately, whilst the With One Voice Frankston has received great support from the individual members of the Frankston community, Creativity Australia has been unable to attract the financial support from the local businesses and government to ensure the continued operation of this program.

Creativity Australia would like to take this opportunity to thank supporters and partners of the Frankston program, in particular, The Brotherhood of St Laurence and Max Employment. Moreover, Creativity would like to also thank the wonderfully talented conductors, Sue Kirkpatrick and Jenny Taylor, who have worked tirelessly to grow the choir.

Creativity Australia would also like to thank the Frankston City Council for taking the time to review our submissions, during our last ditch efforts to save the choir.

The last rehearsal of With One Voice Frankston will be on 28 July.

We hope that this is not the last that will be heard of With One Voice Frankston and the wonderful voices that attended choir each week.

Ockham’s Razor: The Neuroscience of Singing

Our Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM recently appeared on Ockham’s Razor (Radio National), speaking on The Neuroscience of Singing.

Listen here, or read the transcript below.

Robyn Williams: Music, language, go way back in human evolution. You know there’s a suggestion that talking came from humming and less obvious ways of communicating with each other, back then in the cave. And its effects on the brain are telling. Susan Greenfield also tells of a story of musicians whose practice measurably changes their brains. And, get this, sometimes all they have to do is think they are playing, rehearsing or singing to get the same cerebral result. Tania de Jong lives in Melbourne where she sings, records and mounts international conferences on innovation and creativity. And she starts with a song.


Ockham’s Razor: The Neuroscience of Singing


Ockham’s Razor is a special Sunday night feature on ABC Radio National – a soap box for all things scientific, with short talks by researchers and people from industry with something thoughtful to say about science.

Creativity Australia Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM will be Robyn Williams’ special guest on Sunday 22 June at 7.45pm on Radio National, so listen in for some special insights into The Neuroscience of Singing.

Stream Radio National online.


Australian Charities Fund

June is Workplace Giving Month and this year The Australian Charities Fund is taking things to a whole new level with One Million Donors, a national campaign to involve one million Australians in workplace giving by 2020 to raise funds in a low cost, high impact way through their workplaces, contributing much-needed resources to charities.

We invite you to make Creativity Australia the charity recipient of your organisation’s Workplace Giving Program. We’ve just been named one of Australia’s top social innovations for the second year running and we’d love you to join us on our journey to create choirs Australia-wide, to empower individuals and build supportive communities through the joy of song.

Together, we can help beat loneliness and isolation, mental illness, homelessness, unemployment, cultural tensions and more.

Read more in Our Vision, Our Impact and Board and Governance.

Contact us for details on how to make us a recipient of your Workplace Giving Program, or find out more about One Million Donors at

A song in the air at Swinburne


Pictured: Tania de Jong AM, Founder and Chair Creativity Australia; The Hon Ted Baillieu MP, Member for Hawthorn; Professor Linda Kristjanson, Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne University; and Cr Coral Ross, Mayor of Boroondara.

Yesterday was a great day for the With One Voice program, when key stakeholders met towards a future choir in the Boroondara area, supported by Swinburne University. At the event, Former Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu agreed to become an Ambassador for our upcoming national Sing for Spring project, which will get communities singing from Cooktown to Cottesloe!

Read the Sing for Spring media statement.
Like Sing for Spring on Facebook.

Creativity Australia has also secured funding from beyondblue to undertake, in partnership with Swinburne University, an evaluation project to understand how and why the With One Voice program works. It will be the first step toward a wider independent analysis, the scope of which includes other arts-health programs addressing specific social challenges such as mental health, depression, long-term and multi-generational unemployment.

In addition we are seeking partners for a specific piece of research evaluating the benefits of the With One Voice program for job seekers, in particular those within the job services and disability services network. This will be longitudinal research tracking the job-seeking intentions, behaviour and outcomes of a selection of new choir participants across multiple program locations.


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The With One Voice choir program has been named one of Australia’s top social innovations for the second year running! Please click here to like, share and comment on our listing and help us top the Reader’s Choice!

You’re invited to Club Red

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Here at With One Voice HQ we are so often delighted by the generosity of the With One Voice network. We encourage participants to give back to one another through sponsoring people in need and granting wishes on the Wish List.

Another way to give back to your community is by donating blood. Currently, only 1 in 30 Australians gives blood, but 1 in 3 Australians will need blood in their lifetime.

Club Red – run by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service – provides an opportunity for organisations and groups across Australia to donate blood as a collective.  If one donation can save three lives, imagine how many more could be saved if everyone in the With One Voice network donates blood?

To have your donations be counted towards the Creativity Australia tally, complete this online form. You only need to complete the form once, then every blood donation you make will be added to our team total. Hard copy registration forms are also at all donor centres.

Tip: In the address field, you may use your own address or the address of With One Voice HQ: 68 Clarke Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205.

Thank you to wonderful With One Voice Footscray volunteer Ambassador Ray McAlary for this terrific initiative.

Handy Links:
Introduction to donating blood
Are you eligible to donate blood?
Find your local donor centre
Club Red Registration Form (PDF download)
Life, the Red Cross Magazine

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