On 24th September 2017 Luke Fiddes will be running the Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon in aid of Musicworks. Luke is a remarkable young man and talented musician who has been working with Musicworks on a new book that will be published in the next few months. Luke lives with Asperger’s Syndrome and the book is a heartwarming, funny and frank account of Luke’s Journey and gives a remarkable insight into some of the challenges but also the surprising benefits of living with his condition. The book also includes a self-help toolkit for all young people which is designed to help deal with the struggles of adolescence using personalized music.
“I am so excited to be running for a wonderful charity such as Musicworks. A charity that does truly amazing work through music in care for people with dementia. A charity that I am currently working with and has supported me with my musical pursuits, it is a charity very close to my heart.”
To support Luke simply follow the link below – thank you.
From the outset one of the main reasons for creating musicworks was to promote and encourage music and musicians. We aim to provide a platform for talent to reach a wider audience and to encourage new, original music to flourish. As part of this goal we are pleased to announce that we have launched a new Tunecore account.
Any musician wishing to support musicworks who has a good quality recording of their own original music can have their work uploaded for the small cost of £5.99 per single for twelve months on our account.
musicworks will use our social media platforms and our website to promote the song. Any money raised through sales of the recording will be shared equally between the musician and musicworks for the twelve month period that it is live on the account. All intellectual property to the music remains with the musician and at the end of the year the musician can decide if they wish to renew the arrangement or not.
First Song is Out Now!
Our first song “I’ll Be There For You” written and performed by Luke Fiddes, recorded at Paper Stone Studios in Nottingham is now available on iTunes and various other platforms thanks to Tunecore. This song has been written as part of our ‘Music in Care’ series ‘My Journey in Music’ and is for young people, including those who have autism and Asperger’s, to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence with the use of personalised music.
Want to get your music out there? For more details of our Tunecore opportunities please contact us.
With the musicworks online shop up and running, we are looking for music related merchandise to sell to support the work of the charity. In particular, we would like to develop a series of specially designed greeting cards. We will have these professionally printed and sell them on the site and at musicworks friendly retail outlets.
In addition to the standard Christmas, birthday and get well cards we think it would be good to have musically themed cards e.g:
- For music teachers to give to pupils who are undertaking exams or auditions – a musical “good luck” card
- For pupils to give to their teachers – a musical “thank you” card,
- For performers taking part in a musical event or show – a musical “break a leg” card
Other ideas and suggestions for celebrations and occasions are welcome!
We are seeking the support of our many arty friends and asking them to submit a design or designs that they think would fit the bill. The successful designs will be featured on our website with information about the designers and their work. We will also be seeking press coverage to help promote the initiative, and a display in one of the venues that will sell the finished cards.
We are looking for original, quirky, amusing and tasteful designs all with a music twist. Due to the audience we want to attract, we request that you keep them family friendly! Please ensure that all images are original and are therefore not subject to copyright.
All proceeds from the sale of the cards will go to musicworks.
How to Submit Artwork
Designs should be submitted by the end of September 2016. Please send your design by pdf or high resolution image file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a painting, drawing or other artwork that you are not able to submit electronically please take a photograph of the artwork and submit that via email. We will consider how we can capture the artwork for transfer to a card if your design is successful.
If you have any examples of music based merchandise that you think might be sold through our online shop we are happy to talk to you about the possibility of promoting your work with a commission from each sale going to the charity. For further information please contact us.
If you would be interested in stocking musicworks cards please get in touch.
In the run up to Christmas there are ways you can help to support musicworks!
Our friends at the brilliant Nottingham store Dukki Gifts are celebrating their first birthday and are holding a fantastic event in their store at the Broadmarsh Centre that will raise funds for musicworks. We’re extremely grateful to Heidi and Ian for their generous help and urge you to get down to their store not only to help us but also to help you get some amazing and unique gifts for your loved ones! You won’t get anything like it anywhere else!
As well as heading to Dukki, if you’re more of an online shopper, make sure you sign up to easyfundraising and then get your mouse clicking! It won’t cost you a penny extra but we’ll benefit as an extra bonus!
Following on from their successful Open Mic Night fundraiser in 2014, two local performers, Amanda Bruce and Lucy Theobald are organising another ‘Open Mic Night’ in aid of musicworks. The event was a huge success and so they are back at the Poppy and Pint this August to give another opportunity to local singers.
Money raised will help to fund musicworks’ “Care Homes Project” which aims to provide Care Homes with training and “Soundtrack to My Life” toolkits to benefit people living with dementia. Amanda said “Soundtrack to My Life” captures the power of music to reconnect people with dementia to memories that may at first appear to have been lost. One of the incredible things about music is its ability to evoke emotions; a song may be ephemeral but its effects are long-lasting, and the toolkit is an important aid which every person with dementia deserves to have access to.” and Lucy added “We really wanted to organise another event as musicworks does such important work for people with dementia which I really think should be supported and showcased. The Open Mic Night is a great way of getting the people together, and using the rich musical talent that Nottingham has to offer in support of this fantastic cause. We hope more people will join us after the success of last year – it was such a fun night to be a part of.”
John Osborne, Chair and Artistic Director of musicworks said, “It’s wonderful that Amanda and Lucy wanted to organize another event after the success of last year. An event like this brings all the elements of musicworks together – giving people an opportunity to perform and supporting local talent whilst raising money that we can use to give people access to music through our ‘Music in Care’ projects. It was a great fun event and we look forward to welcoming lots more talented people to share their talents.”
The event is being held at The Poppy and Pint in West Bridgford who are kindly donating the use of their function room to support the event.
Those attending the event can get up and sing or just come along to listen. Singers should bring sheet music for the event’s pianist or an MP3 player with their backing tracks. Instrumentalists are also welcome but acoustic or small set ups only due to time and equipment constraints. Entry is £5 minimum donation on the door.
Contact us for more information – we look forward to seeing you there!
We’re pleased to announce that musicworks have been awarded a grant by the John Lewis Partnership’s Music Matters fund.
The John Lewis Partnership has been making grants to support musical activities of all kinds for over 75 years. Grants are awarded for specific musical events or projects that make an outstanding contribution to the musical life of the local communities of which we are part. musicworks applied for a grant to support the Care Homes Project which aims to fund the use of ‘Music in Care’ for Care Homes.
Directors John Osborne and Jo Belton were invited to the John Lewis store in Victoria Centre to meet Community Liaison Coordinator, Louise Law, who presented them with a cheque for £1000.
We look forward to using that money to support the use of ‘Music in Care’ for local care homes as soon as possible.
Huge thanks to the John Lewis Partnership and Louise at our local store for their support.