Creativity Australia aims to create a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation through the With One Voice program, which bridges the gap between people experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing. They build supportive networks that help people connect to brighter futures. 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 and Queensland. The inclusive community choirs unite over 700 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. View member stories.
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 2500 wishes have been granted so far! 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.
Swinburne University research showed 98% of With One Voice choir participants experienced less stress, 91% improved social bonds and 66% feel less depressed. View research. 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 $10 a week, or $500 a year, to support a person in need to attend a With One Voice choir. With enough support Creativity Australia continues 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. They 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 their innovative social franchise model. They 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.
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