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Congratulations to all choirs, conductors, volunteers and staff on a wonderful With One BIG Voice concert at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 12 October.

The show featured songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen, The Carpenters’ Sing A Song and much, much more.

The winners of Sing for Spring were announced by The Hon. Ted Baillieu MLA and there was a special guest appearance by Sing for Spring Ambassadors The Pacific Belles.

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Winners of Sing for Spring

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Congratulations to the winners of Sing for Spring 2014! The winners were announced by the Hon. Ted Baillieu MLA at yesterday’s With One BIG Voice concert at the Melbourne Town Hall.

While not everyone could be named a winner, our team was delighted and inspired by every single entry to Sing for Spring and we can’t wait for next year!

Thank you to everyone involved for sharing the joy of song and supporting the future of the With One Voice program. With your support, we were thrilled to raised more than $20,000.

BEST PRIMARY SCHOOL SING
Silkwood School’s Hummingbird Choir – ‘Beat and Holler’

BEST HIGH SCHOOL SING
Tintern Schools – ‘Geronimo’

BEST WORKPLACE SING
Dattner Grant Team – ‘Three Blind Mice’

BEST FAMILY SING
Levi & Yvette – ‘Killing Me Softly’

MOST ENTERTAINING SING
Class of ’91 – ‘Bust A Move’

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Magic Of Music – ‘Doe A Deer’

BEST BLOKES SING
With One Voice Melbourne Blokes Glee Glub – ‘There Is Nothing Like A Dame’

BIGGEST SING
Freedom Train, Let’s Get Singing, Mixed Beans & With One Voice Brisbane – ‘Truly Beautiful’

MOST INSPIRING SING
The AFL Peace Team – ‘National Anthem’

MOST DIVERSE SING
World Singing Day International – ‘We Sing’

MOST VOTES and BEST UNIVERSITY SING
ICTE University of Queensland Chorus – ‘Lean On Me’

MOST DONATIONS RAISED
With One Voice Ashburton for their original song ‘The Joy of Song’
The fundraising efforts of this choir have been extraordinary. Not only has the choir created a CD of original music, they’ve been selling chocolates and running sausage sizzles to support the future of their choir. With One Voice Ashburton, we are blown away by your efforts.

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Ian Baillieu, Lady Southey AC, Tania de Jong AM and The Hon. Ted Baillieu MLA at the With One BIG Voice concert.

Sing for Spring  is a community singing project for a great cause. Families, workplaces, schools, community groups, sports teams… everybody is welcome. A nursery rhyme, campfire sing-along, office karaoke… the sky’s the limit!

Communities that sing together can help beat loneliness and isolation, mental illness, cultural tension, unemployment and more. So let’s share the joy of song every day!

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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
Where: 
Melbourne Town Hall, Corner Collins & Swanston Streets
Tickets: 
$30 Full / $20 Concession / $10 Child / $50 Family

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CONTACT (03) 8679 6088 / enquiries@cal.org.au

 

Going Global: With One Voice Holland

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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 www.singforspring.com

Ockham’s Razor: The Neuroscience of Singing

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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.

ONE MILLION DONORS: WORKPLACE GIVING MONTH

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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 www.australiancharitiesfund.org.au.

A song in the air at Swinburne

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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.

VOTE NOW: ANTHILL’S SMART 100

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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

Happy Birthday + Harmony Day

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You’re invited to join the With One Voice choirs for a lunchtime concert in celebration of diversity this Friday – Harmony Day! The concert also marks the fifth birthday of the With One Voice program! Download our Birthday Media Statement.

When: Friday 21 March, 12.30-1.00pm
Where: Collins Place, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne
View the poster.

The With One Voice choir program, recently named one of Australia’s top social innovations, unites people from 40 nationalities, aged 9 to 90, through the joy of song.

This year we’re busy launching choirs in Altona Meadows, Redfern (NSW), Brisbane and beyond! In fact, following our Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM’s recent TEDtalk How singing together changes the brain, we’ve had interest from as far away as Phoenix, Arizona!

It’s an exciting time to engage and celebrate with us… so join the singing movement!

Please spread the word to your colleagues, friends and family as we’d love a big turnout at this special event! Everyone is welcome.

Launch of With One Voice Brisbane a hit

Tania de Jong AM and Allan English (English Family Foundation).

Tania de Jong AM and Allan English (English Family Foundation).

The launch of With One Voice Brisbane was a great success! More than 100 people attended the Commonwealth Flagship Branch in Brisbane last Thursday night to celebrate the launch of Queensland’s first With One Voice choir. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this very special occasion.

With One Voice Brisbane is a three-year initiative, seed-funded by the English Family Foundation, with additional support from Page and Maria Maxson, The Curavis Fund, the Mather Foundation, Mike de Gruyter, CBA, Brisbane City Council, OzHarvest and Mind Shift.

Rehearsals will run weekly from Wednesday 2 April, led by Cath Mundy:

When: Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Where: Basement Level, Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane

Please spread the word!

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