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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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With One BIG Voice on SBS World News

Creativity Australia founder Tania de Jong AM and members of our combined choirs captured the headlines last weekend when Gareth Boreham and the SBS news team dropped by our With One BIG Voice 10th Anniversary concert rehearsal at Melbourne Town Hall.

The prime time news piece highlighted the health and social benefits of group singing as well as the positive effects of bringing communities together. Gareth also spoke to a number of our choristers about how the choir has had a positive impact on their lives and Tania spoke about our goal of growing our number of With One Voice choirs to 40 by the end of 2020.

The concert was a huge success with the audience on their feet and joining in with our massed choir of almost 200 inspirational choristers in songs such as Imagine, We are Australian and that old Johnny Farnham classic, You’re the Voice. With a warm introduction from Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp and special guest performances from Alan Fletcher, Tania de Jong AM, Lydia Griffiths, Achai Deng and Chelsea Tjandra, it really was an event to remember.

We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who has sent messages of congratulations and support for our ten year milestone. Here’s to the next ten!

 

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

 

Our With One BIG Voice, 10th Anniversary Concert Announced

We’re turning 10 this year and what’s an anniversary without a HUGE celebration?

The concert will be called ‘With One BIG Voice‘ and will feature our combined choirs from all around Australia.

 

Details for your diary:

Sunday 2nd December 2018, 3pm – 5:30pm at the iconic Melbourne Town Hall!

Tickets are available online: https://events.humanitix.com.au/wobv

$25 General Admission, $15 Concession. (plus booking fee)

 

Don’t delay. Purchase your tickets now!

Please stay tuned for more exciting announcements soon.

See Us! Hear Us! Join US!

Our With One Voice choirs have a busy couple of months coming up, filled with performances. Why not try and come along to support?

Dine In Dine Out Food Fest in Camberwell
Saturday 4th  August 2018. 10:10am
WOV Ashburton Choir will perform a number of songs at the event.

The Indian Film Festival – Federation Square, Melbourne. Vic
Saturday 11th August 2018. 10:50am
Combined choirs will sing ‘This is Me‘ and ‘The Australian National Anthem‘.

Melbourne Day – Enterprize Park, Melbourne.
Thursday 30th August 2018. Approx 10:15am (time tbc)
Combined choirs will sing ‘Imagine‘ and ‘The Australian National Anthem‘.

 

Stay tuned for more upcoming events, including an exciting announcement regarding our 10th Anniversary celebrations later this year!

 

Round SEVEN of the With One Voice Start-up grant applications is now open

With One Voice Start-up Grants on offer – up to $10K available!
Current Round Applications close 31st August, 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.

Press Release – July 2018.

Come join us now! The new season has begun.

greater-dandenongAll 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.

Round SIX of the With One Voice Start-up grant applications is now open

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.

Press Release_December, 2017 

Conductor Development Program – Singing for Inclusion

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APPLY FOR $2500 SCHOLARSHIP

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)

Download Application Form here.

 

Impact 25 Award 2016

Our Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM has been voted as one of the not-for-profit and social sector’s most impactful individuals of 2016.

The members of Impact 25 spend their days advocating for the issues of the day, working with the disadvantaged and silenced groups, finding ways to improve efficiency, inspiring others and even leading the country. The winners this year are a fantastic group of individuals you can see all the winners here.

Tania’s hard work with Creativity Australia and the wider Australian community is inspiring , and we are delighted to see she has been recognised as an Impact 25 2016 winner.
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Start your own With One Voice Choir

 

We have 10k grants available to help you establish a With One Voice choir in your local community, submit an Expression of Interest outlining who you are, your community and the need. Round 6 is officially open so get your applications in before Friday June 1, 2018

https://www.creativityaustralia.org.au/apply/

By establishing a local community choir under the auspices of Creativity Australia (as a registered charity) you hold a licence that enables the choir to raise funds to support projects and initiatives at a local level.

Melbourne Award 2016 Winners – Contribution to Community by a Community Organisation

Creativity Australia has won the 2016 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Community by a Community Organisation.
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Loneliness is the epidemic of our times. Unfortunately more than two in five people feel socially isolated and unheard. This leads to anxiety, depression and unemployment.

Creativity Australia’s With One Voice programs meet weekly to unite and empower thousands of people from all nationalities, improve health and wellbeing, and create supportive communities that look after each other. Led by professional conductors, they use the neuroscience of singing, supper and an innovative Wish List program to break down barriers and connect participants to wellbeing, friendships, mentors, networks, skills and employment.

A Swinburne evaluation demonstrated 98% of With One Voice participants experienced less stress, 91 per cent improved social bonds and 66 per cent feel less depressed.

The choir brings fun, joy and creativity to Melbourne through regular performances at the Australia Day Parade, Harmony Day, lunchtime Christmas concerts, World Singing Day and an annual With One BIG Voice concert.

Other initiatives by Creativity Australia include ‘Sing for Good’ – a national online video fundraising campaign for all charities using group singing to support disadvantaged people; and ‘MyChoir’ – an innovative social franchise model helping deliver their program across Australia.

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