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Come on Richmond, let’s sing!

Richmond Sings

Do you live near Richmond, or have friends, family or colleagues in that area? As an early Christmas gift, give them the joy of song by sending them along to Richmond Sings!

When: Mondays, 4.00 – 5.30pm (until 17 December 2013)
Where: The Factory, 19-21 Belgium Avenue, Richmond

Creativity Australia is running a short-term choir in Richmond for the next nine weeks. It’s a great chance to de-stress, be inspired, unleash your creative potential, improve your wellbeing, make new friends, learn new skills, open doors to new opportunities… and maybe even sing some carols!


If you wish to keep singing after the short term choir is over, we’ll help you find another local group.

Richmond Sings is proudly supported by Mission Australia!

Click here to download the poster for Richmond Sings.

Please vote in eftpos Giveback


Please vote for Creativity Australia in the EFTPOS Giveback by Saturday 12 October. The EFTPOS Giveback calls on Australians to help choose which worthy causes should receive a share of up to $2 million that will be donated to charity this Christmas.

This funding would be invaluable to the growth of the With One Voice social inclusion program. Thank you for your support.

What’s your Christmas wish?


For Christmas, Creativity Australia is creating together a special “I Wish…” video to capture the wishes of the With One Voice community.

This is in celebration of our wonderful Wish List, which inspires people to grant wishes for one another including work experience and employment opportunities, help with resume-writing, free singing and guitar lessons and much more.

Above is Beth, a much-loved participant of Melbourne Sings, whose wish was to work at the Royal Melbourne Show. The wish was granted by SKILLED and Beth is loving the job so much she’s extended her hours and is enjoying greeting show-goers with her incomparable enthusiasm.

Whether your Christmas wish is big or small, please share it with us for inclusion in the video. Be creative! You could make a video and share it with us, or just send your wish in an email to enquiries@cal.org.au

Click here to read wishes granted and pending online.

The Joy Of Song

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On Sunday 15 September, the With One Voice choirs raised the roof of the Melbourne Town Hall, sharing the joy of song with more than 1,000 audience members. Moving stories were shared and inspirational songs performed by all thirteen choirs.

Singing is the language of the heart. For centuries, song has played a key role in community, culture and story-telling worldwide. Yet how many people dare to sing freely these days… apart from in the shower?

Community singing empowers voices that have been silenced, unleashes creative potential… and that’s just the start.

Every week, Creativity Australia’s 13 With One Voice choirs inspire people from more than 40 nationalities, aged 9 to 90, to sing side-by-side. Age, race, language, religion, disability and disadvantage fade away. Everyone is welcome.

Click here to read more about the With One Voice program, or join us in song at your local choir.

Photographs courtesy of Graham Denholm, Barbara March and Victor Dam.


With One BIG Voice 2013


You’re invited to raise your voice, share the joy and help all Australians open doors to brighter futures at this year’s With One BIG Voice concert on Sunday 15 September at the Melbourne Town Hall.

  • 400 voices
  • 40 nationalities
  • inspirational songs
  • moving stories

Families, CEOs, asylum seekers, refugees, students, people living with disabilities or disadvantage… Be inspired by the real people of your community.

Enjoy all-time favourite songs and uplifting stories from the With One Voice choirs: Footscray Sings, Frankston Sings, Geelong Sings, Greater Dandenong Sings, Heidelberg Sings, Melbourne Sings, Our Community Sings (Ashburton), St Kilda Sings, Sydney Sings, ANZ Sings, Deakin Sings, Orygen Youth Health Sings and Royal Children’s Hospital Sings.

Click here to book online or download the poster.

Join the Facebook event.

I’d like to teach the world to sing

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“Since ancient times people have invested significant time and effort to create music. Today people spend enormous amounts of time and money to engage with music in all sorts of ways. Music is always around us. It makes our lives complete. Everyone can express one’s emotion with music and everyone is born with one instrument: a voice to sing. So why does music, and especially singing, hold such potentially enormous intrinsic value? And since singing is an innate ability, how does it affect us?

The simple explanation is that music and singing brings a unique pleasure to humans. Of course, that still leaves the question of why. And for that, neuroscience is starting to provide some answers.

Singing is primitive and tribal. Before written language emerged, critical stories were passed on with the oral tradition of song. The Hebrew Torah and the Greek myths of the Iliad and the Odyssey, were all sung long before they were first written down. When we sing, we tap into something that is not only one of the most ancient of human practices, but we also tap into the activity that modern neuroscience is showing to be profoundly healthy.”‘

Tania de Jong AM, Founder and Chair

Click here to read Tania’s full article, or here to read more about the positive benefits of singing.


Make giving count during Workplace Giving Month!

Would you like to help create strong, joyous communities across Australia through an easy, pre-tax donation? Workplace giving, which works a little like salary sacrificing, is a convenient and cost-effective way to make regular charitable donations through your payroll system.

Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choir program is an award-winning social innovation that reaches Australians from all walks of life. Employers and employees – you can help diverse people break cycles of isolation and disadvantage through nominating With One Voice as the recipient of your workplace giving program. This would make a fantastic contribution to your organisation’s corporate social responsibility.

Find out more here.


Wow! Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choir program is a winner in Anthill’s Smart 100, Australia’s largest awards program dedicated to innovation! In fact, we are just 11 points away from top spot! With your help. we can soar to the top of the Reader’s Choice! Please click here to tweet, share or comment on our listing today!

Listing in the Smart 100 recognises the With One Voice choir program as a ground-breaking social innovation that capitalises on the diversity of its participants to empower and enable communities towards harmony, productivity, wellbeing and happiness.

Click here to read more in the media release.

Creative Innovation Conference 2013

Inspire your mind and look to the future with this year’s Creative Innovation Conference, run by our friends at Creative Universe!

Ci2013 will feature over 40 global leaders, innovators and thinkers and deliver world class creative ideas and pragmatic solutions. Join big and small business, entrepreneurs, educators, creative and government leaders, emerging talent and leading thinkers from around the world!

27-29 November
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Australia

Click here to read the media release.

Climb Every Mountain

It’s 60 years today since Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest… and we have our very own Everest mountaineer amongst Melbourne Sings!

A few weeks ago Melbourne Sings farewelled Bec by singing Climb Every Mountain (click here to watch) from The Sound of Music. She’s now back safe and sound with lots of stories to share!

“If I had anything to describe the experience, it would be that out of the 15 people in the group, four got helicoptered out. And, this photo tells a little lie – out of a total party of 45 people, two people actually made it higher than Everest Base Camp – myself and one other kept on till the summit of a black peak called Kala Patar, at over 5545m above sea level,” Bec said.

“What an adventure, and that outstanding rendition of Climb Every Mountain by the incredible people at Melbourne Sings really did get me to take the next step when times got tough. Which they did.”

Congratulations on a wonderful, inspirational adventure, Bec!

Donation Appeal

Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choirs are helping diverse people break cycles of isolation and disadvantage and discover pathways to better futures. The science of singing is proven to make you happier, healthier and smarter… but the choirs offer so much more. We need your help to reach more people in need. Click here to find out more.

Volunteer Week

Last week was National Volunteer Week and each With One Voice choir celebrated the dedicated volunteers who keep the choirs running smoothly every week. Thanks a million, volunteers! You can view more photos from the celebrations on our Facebook page.

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