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.
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.
musicworks is looking for musicians who can support a new Nottingham based project designed to enrich the quality of life for people living dementia and their carers through the use of personalised music. Based on our award winning “Soundtrack to My Life” initiative and part of “Music in Care” series.
We need talented and self confident accompanists who can play piano, guitar or similar whilst singing a wide selection of songs some of which will be chosen by the group participants. Songs will be pre-prepared before sessions so it is not expected that sight reading will be essential.
The successful musicians will work alongside a group of trained volunteers who will lead the sessions with the support of facilitators. They will need to be patient, easy going and have a genuine interest in the application of personalised music in a therapeutic way to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Whilst the volunteers will be primarily responsible for working with the group participants the musicians must be prepared to interact directly with all the group participants. Knowledge of dementia is not required as training will be offered to successful musicians as part of the preparation for the course.
Group sessions will take place on week days, either in the mornings (10am to 12pm) or afternoons (2pm to 4pm), depending on the preference of the group members and will take place on a fortnightly basis.
In line with the musicworks policy of supporting musicians by ensuring the right rate for the job. We are looking to recruit a number of musicians who can work together to make sure that all group sessions have a musician to support the group work. A fee of £40 will be paid for each two hour session undertaken. This will be on a self employed basis as musicworks cannot directly employ musicians.
For further information or to submit an application please contact email@example.com.