Sing and win for your school

Sing for Good is calling on more schools to take part in our singing project, with prizes on offer for winning performances!

This isn’t a talent quest or a search for the best voice or school choir. It’s about having fun singing in a group, building friendships, inspiring others and being creative.

There are a number of categories for schools to enter such as Best School Sing, Most Creative School Sing and Best School Choir. The song possibilities are endless!

The winning schools have the chance to win $500-$1000 and percussion instruments to assist their music programs.

So far we have seen a number of talented primary and high school students take on the challenge and get involved with entries from Wantirna College, Eltham College, Latrobe Special Development School and the super cute kids from St. Francis de Sales giving us their rendition of ‘Flashlight’ from Pitch Perfect.

“We sing because it makes us feel good. It gives us a way to express our emotions, and most importantly, it shows who we are.”
– St. Francis de Sales Primary School singers

Check out the rockin’ entry below and let the MAC Boy’s Choir from Eltham College inspire you to grab a buddy, sing a song and have some fun.


Click here to find out more information and enter your school today. Entries close 31 October 2015.

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Mental Health Week: Sing your way to happier you

In recognition of Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October we are asking you to take the next step towards acknowledging your own mental health and wellbeing. #mentalhealthbeginswithyou

As the stigma around mental illness reduces, more people are recognising the benefits of participating in activities which create a more positive psychology. And one of the best ways to feel happier, healthier, smarter and more relaxed is by singing! Whether you sing in your car, sing with friends or in the shower, taking five minutes out of your day to sing it out will put you in a better mood both mentally and physically.

When we sing, we create new neural pathways and release oxytocin, the hormone responsible for love and bonding. Singing also fires up the right temporal lobe of the brain and releases endorphins, “feel good” chemicals that trigger fun, enjoyment, happiness and relaxation.

Not only is singing a great way to improve your mental wellbeing, but singing in a choir or group is proven to be an even more valuable resource for those in need. Regularly singing with others in the community allows you to build strong networks and this is especially beneficial for those who don’t have strong family or community supports in their lives.

In recent years I have struggled with depression (2)World Mental Health Day is a global day to raise awareness and advocacy for mental health issues worldwide.

This year WMHD has three objectives:

  • Encourage help seeking behaviour
  • Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
  • Foster connectivity throughout communities

By simply having a singalong, encouraging others to sing, connecting with the community and raising awareness about mental health you can help achieve these goals and improve you own mental wellbeing.

De-stress your life and do something good. Do it for you and those around you. Join us in song and enter Sing for Good. #dogood #feelgood  #WMHD

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The (G)love ladies continue to climb the leaderboard

A mutual love of karaoke and a background working in mental health inspired our leading Sing for Good entrants The Clinical Notes to take to the stage and have some fun! We decided to find out how this success entry came about, the reason for the (G)love and the hours spent perfecting their love song medley.

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  1. Tell us, how did you form the group The Clinical Notes and what inspired the name?
    This was actually the last thing we came up with – as we were all sitting around the dining table having a meal together.  We were interested to show that we had a clinical background, and we couldn’t resist a good pun!
  2. What is the significance of wearing the Glove?
    Just a bit of silliness really.  We were planning to go all out and wear some glitter but it was all a bit last minute so a glittery glove was as far as we got.  Plus, it adds a clinical dimension to it.
  3. Your performance is smooth and rehearsed. How many hours did it take to get the (G)love Medley ready to shoot?
    Sumitra had the idea one weekend after reading about it in the Big Issue. The following weekend, after many text messages and singing sessions over the telephone we were ready to give it a go. Everyone had a great deal of enthusiasm, and we were lucky to have some help from our friends Gwyn and Lynn.  It was a blast.
  4. What is your favourite song to sing in karaoke?
    How can you make us choose just one???
  5. Working in the mental health sector, what are some of the benefits you feel both physically and mentally when singing in a group?
    All of us have sung in choirs at different times in our lives, and we all enjoy the sense of companionship and camaraderie that it provides.  It is also great to be able to express ourselves in a creative way.  It’s essential to let loose and have a bit of fun!
  6. What do you think the world would be life if everyone sang together (in perfect harmony)?
    We think variety is the spice of life, so an odd note here and there is great.
  7. Besides karaoke and singing, do The Clinical Notes have any other loves?
    Well, we all like lots of different things, but we have a common love of eating!

The Clinical Notes are truly inspiring and have received an outstanding amount of support and donations. We hope this inspire others to add some spice into their life and give it a go!

Watch their entry here and donate or vote to show your support.

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Up close with The Pacific Belles

We get up close and personal with our Sing for Good ambassadors and retro trio The Pacific Belles and ask about their 1940s inspiration, the benefits of group singing and of course, vintage fashion.

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1. Let’s go back to the beginning. How did you all meet and form a retro singing trio?
Betty (Laura Monaghan) came over from Blighty with her love for the era and set up the trio by auditioning for Belles. There is now a fleet of seven Belles, we’re taking over Melbourne!

2. What inspired you to create music from the 1940s and take on persona’s as Betty, Dot and Mabel?
The music is something that appeals to all generations. It’s great to bring back the nostalgia of it’s time when music was used to lift sprits and ladies were ladies. We love the 40s style make up, hair and fashion.

It’s wonderful to have different personas when we perform and be able to take the wigs and costumes off when we go home after a performance. It’s like living a double life!

3. If The Pacific Belles could sing one song for the rest of their life what would it be?
It would definitely be our favourite Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy made famous by our idols The Andrews Sisters.

4. As our ambassadors for Sing for Good and the With One Voice choir program we admire the positive energy that radiates from your singing trio. What are the benefits of singing in a group rather than solo?
Thank you, we believe that singing with others makes you happy and it’s a know fact that it improves you’re mental health. We just love singing in a trio together it gives you strength and confidence, we’ve formed a special bond.

5. What is it like singing and working along-side everyone’s favourite Neighbours star Alan Fletcher?
Alan is a gem, he’s our very own Bing Crosby. He’s so professional and yet so personable at the same time, he brings so much energy and positivity to our projects we just can’t help but adore him!

6. What do you think the world would be like if everyone sang together (in perfect harmony)?
The World would be an incredible place if everyone sang together in perfect harmony; we can at least try to imagine that.

7. We absolutely love your vintage fashion! Where do you source your amazing outfits?
The outfits are very special are’t they. They are made by Vivien of Holloway. We get them from Christine’s on Brunswick Street. She has great 40’s and 50’s fashion.
Help make the world a better place by joining us in song and show your support at Sing for Good #singforgood

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Brisbane joins the chorus

By Eloise Mahoney

With One Voice Brisbane choir deserves a medal. Conductor Cath Mundy, choir volunteers and members have been working tirelessly over the past month running their #JoinTheChorus crowd-funding campaign to get the everyone in the Brissy choir to Melbourne! Why, you ask?

Nestled on the sunny coast of Queensland they are not just a community choir, they are a family. They show up to weekly rehearsals, sing together, share supper and create a home away from home.

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Every year the With One Voice (WOV) choirs from around Australia come together to perform at the Melbourne Town Hall at the With One BIG Voice concert. The event is a celebration of diversity, inclusion, community and joy where more than 400 voices sing together on one stage.

Unfortunately, WOV Brisbane could not join the other choirs on the big stage last year. But this year it will be different. This year they will join fellow WOV singers and experience the exhilaration, joy and sense of achievement gained from performing on stage.

So how do they fulfil this dream of making sure every choir member, regardless of their financial situation can sing in Melbourne?

The With One Voice program is a charity running on donations from choir members, the public, sponsorships and singing events including Sing for Good so it’s often difficult to gain extra funding to cover travel costs.

After the success of many other crowd-funding campaigns which feed off the generosity of strangers WOV Brisbane took the initiative to start their own pledge. The campaign titled #JoinTheChorus tells the story of the choirs dream to sing in Melbourne accompanied by a series of YouTube videos and personal stories from the members.

To fly each member to Melbourne the choir needs to raise $7,500 with the ultimate goal $12,500 to ensure everyone has a bed to sleep in each night.

Raising the set target seemed impossible at first. However, over the last month the pledges have been coming in steadily and finally, we are thrilled to announce they have reached their tipping point of $7,500! This means that they’ll receive the money, but still need more pledges to reach their ultimate goal by the closing date.

The journey is not over but the efforts by WOV Brisbane are outstanding.

Well done team.

WOV BrisbaneShow your support and pledge as every donation big or small helps get Brissy to the Melbourne Town Hall!

http://startsomegood.com/jointhechorus

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Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive

Last week our lovely ambassadors The Pacific Belles and Neighbours star Alan Fletcher took to the mic to promote Sing for Good on the Melbourne radio station JOY 94.9. The dynamic team sang the popular song ‘Accentuate the Positive’ giving the audience a taste of their delightful harmonies with support from the toe-tapping ukulele. The song was first written by Harold Arlen in 1944 and later performed by The Andrew Sisters and Bing Crosby. The song choice couldn’t be more fitting for Sing for Good with the key lyrics explaining ‘you got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative’.  Watch their radio performance below. 

“It’s important to reach out and connect with people and we feel so lucky to do this through our favourite pastime, which is singing”
Betty, Dot & Mabel (The Pacific Belles)

JOY 94.9 is a gay and lesbian volunteer-based community radio station listened to by 329,000 people in Melbourne as well as online, podcasts and blogs. The station is self-funded and committed to enabling freedom of speech and breaking down the barriers of isolation. JOY 94.9 is also joining us as community partners for Sing for Good 2015.

Working together our ambassadors and community partner put on a fantastic show and we can’t thank them enough for their continual support.

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