Creativity Australia presents With One BIG Voice - 10th Anniversary Concert 2018
Come and celebrate our With One BIG Voice, 10th Anniversary Concert at Melbourne Town Hall on 2nd December at 3pm.
With inspiring performances from our combined choirs from all over Australia and special guest soloists:
Tania de Jong AM (International Soprano, Founder & Chair of Creativity Australia).
Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl from Neighbours)
Lydia Griffiths (Les Miserables, Royal Variety Show)
and more guest artists to be announced...
Loneliness, and the depression which accompanies it, is the global epidemic of our era. Creativity Australia (www.creativityaustralia.org.au) is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation through the life-changing With One Voice program. We bridge the gap between people experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing. We build supportive networks that help people connect to brighter futures. Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time.
Creativity Australia is a charity founded in 2008 by award-winning social entrepreneur and soprano Tania de Jong AM.
Tania de Jong’s TED talk 'How Singing Together Changes The Brain', has sparked global interest. Pilot With One Voice programs are now under development around Australia and the world.
With One Voice
Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program operates in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, SA and Queensland. The inclusive community choirs unite hundreds of people aged 9 to 90, from all faiths and all walks of life: migrants, people with disabilities, job seekers, executives, seniors, students, refugees, asylum seekers and more.
Why we sing
With One Voice choirs are led by professional conductors and meet weekly, followed by supper. View choir locations. Through the Wish List, participants grant one another wishes big and small: such as free music lessons, language and computer tuition, assistance with resumes, mentors and finding jobs. The choirs help people connect to whatever they need in life: friends, mentors, wellbeing, self-esteem, networks, skills and employment. Over 3000 wishes have been granted so far! Please be inspired by a short 3 minute video
Neuroscience proves singing makes people happier, healthier, smarter and more creative and increases neuroplasticity. Music and singing have no barriers of language, background or politics. Unlike sport, music is non-competitive – the participants are working together to create something greater than themselves as individuals – and the results are transformative. The choirs transcend borders every week, and in public through regular performances.
When we come together to create harmony, participants feel they are together, not different.
There is no more us and them, only us.
Through uniting more and more communities in song, Creativity Australia aims to create positive outcomes for people experiencing mental illness, disability, disadvantage, unemployment or homelessness.
Creativity Australia won the 2016 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Community by a Community Organisation and been named in the Anthill Smart 100 Innovations for the past 5 years.
Donations and Partnerships
It costs just $10 a week, or $500 a year, to support a person in need to attend a With One Voice choir. We would love to partner with you to increase diverse participation in this transformational work. Our work is all about community wellbeing, alleviating disadvantage and inclusiveness. With enough support we can continue to create transformational outcomes for disadvantaged participants and develop our strategy to reach more people and communities in need throughout Australia.
With One Voice Social Franchise
Creativity Australia is passionate about nurturing communities across Australia and beyond to sing together in the spirit of joy, wellbeing and inspiration. We are therefore delighted to offer a suite of With One Voice “how to” guide videos, resources and mentoring for individuals, groups and communities looking to start new, inclusive With One Voice choirs using our innovative social franchise model. Our goal is to have 40 programs operating nationwide by the end of 2020.
We have also commenced a Conductor Development Program and have developed a With One Voice Start-up Fund to provide small grants to enable community leaders from around Australia to commence programs and replicate our model.
Our social impact goal
Creativity Australia’s social impact goal is to help break down the traditional silos of the social welfare sector, building cohesive communities that include and support one another, rather than relying on ‘top-down’ services. Thus, we mobilise and multiply community change-makers far beyond the capacity of our organisation: diverse people who will pay it forward and help address the deep issues that impact our society.
Your support is critical to the future of the With One Voice program. Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time.
Here are some of the testimonials from our participants to illustrate the impact of these life-changing programs.
Connect with us at www.creativityaustralia.org.au