We are now beginning our Sing Me a Story Summer Tour by partnering with 15-20 music festivals around the United States to give artists on tour the opportunity to record songs for children in need. We are bringing on tour sponsors to help us bring the voices of the children we serve to the world through music. Please check back in a few weeks to see if we are at a festival near you www.SingMeAStory.org.
In other news, Sing Me a Story is partnered with 65 music venues in 8 cities- Chicago, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Nashville, Denver, Portland, San Francisco and Madison- to give artists on tour the opportunity to record songs for children in need. We employ 36 audio engineers in these cities who are responsible for capturing the recordings. Sing Me a Story is also bringing on corporate sponsors who are making it possible for us to capture these recordings.
Thank you all so much for your continued support. We are doing our best to bring this opportunity to as many artists and children as we can in 2017. We could not accomplish this without your support.
To date, we've been able to give over 500 children in need songs based on their stories, provide this opportunity to over 100 partner organizations around the world, and have over 2,000 songwriters volunteer their talents. Also, we are now partnered with music venues across the country giving artists the chance to record songs for local kids.
This Year's Highlights:
The Today Show - Sing Me a Story was featured on The Today Show this year which was incredible! The Today Show highlighted the work of our organization and specifically documented a song written by the band Humming House for Morgan, a member of Gilda's Club in Nashville.
Sing Me a Story Summer Tour 2016 - Sing Me a Story kicked off its inaugural Sing Me a Story Summer Tour where the organization partnered with 9 music festivals giving artists at festivals the opportunity to record songs for kids in need. Almost 50 songs were recorded with the help of 23 corporate sponsors and the Sing Me a Story Summer Tour 2017 looks even bigger!
Music Venue Partners - Sing Me a Story has partnered with 65 music venues in 7 cities including Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco, Portland and Milwaukee to give artists on tour the opportunity to record songs for local kids. The goal for 2017 is to bring on corporate sponsors in those markets to help expand and continue delivering joy through music to kids in need.
Thank you for all of your support. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to get involved in our program in any number of ways.
Happy Holidays from the Sing Me A Story Foundation
One of the issues Sing Me a Story has had since its beginning was getting larger artists and songwriters involved in our program. Often times, artists' managers would often say that their clients were interested in participating but that would often be the end of the conversation. We quickly realized that the reason for this was that we never offered a date, time and place for their clients' to get involved. We decided we needed to solve this issue.
Hence, we began partnering with music festivals across the country to create our first Sing Me a Story Summer Tour in 2016.
It was a huge success!
We partnered with 9 music festivals to give artists at the festivals the opportunity to record songs for local kids in need. In doing so, we would build a recording studio on-site at the festivals where artists could come by and record a song. At Summerfest in Milwaukee alone, we received 20 songs from artists! We also realized this provided a great opportunity for us to bring on corporate sponsors.
Next, we wondered if we were doing this at music festivals, could we do the same thing at music venues? The answer was yes! Over the past two months, we signed on 28 music venues in Chicago, Milwaukee, Nashville, Atlanta and Denver to give artists on tour the opportunity to record songs for local kids. We have just started the recordings and it is turning out to be tremendously successful as well! We also feel this will be a good opportunity for us to bring on corporate sponsors in these cities.
We look forward to seeing how these new partnerships transpire.
Some of the amazing musicians from the Summer Tour
It has been a busy summer here at Sing Me a Story. We have partnered with 10 music festivals this summer including Summerfest, Sweetwater 420 Fest and Bunbury Music Fest to bring artists at festivals the opportunity to record songs for local children in need.
The premise behind our program is that we give children in hospitals, children's homes, and hospice organizations throughout the world the chance to write and illustrate stories about anything they want. We then distribute those stories to songwriters who turn them into songs, record them and send them back to the kids and families via our program.
Furthermore, fans are able to contribute to the song, receive the song as an MP3 and support the organization from where the story came as well as our organization. The idea being that prior to the festival, an artist is provided a story from a child in need (for example a Ronald McDonald House) and the artist would have the opportunity to turn it into a song and record it while at the festival.
Sing Me a Story has been featured by The TODAY Show, PEOPLE Magazine and a number of other local media outlets. We currently have 1800+ songwriters and work with 80 organizations serving children in need throughout the world.
Our work at festivals this Summer has been featured by a handful of media outlets. Below you will find some clips.
Today we would like to share with you a testimonial from a social worker who witnessed first hand the power that Sing me a Story can have on the recipients of the songs.
Here is Kathryn's story:
“I just wanted to personally thank Sing me a Story for all the work you both did for Sam’s song. The amount of joy and love that came from this one song was incredible. For the past couple of weeks, Sam and his family have been staying at Roger’s House because Sam was nearing the end of life.
The family was constantly listening and singing this song for Sam. They really felt like the song was perfect for Sammy and perfect for their other children to show Sam their love. A really special moment that I witnessed was about two days ago. The entire family was sitting outside in the bright shining sun with Sam. I could see them from the window inside that they were trying to take a picture of all 7 or 8 of them. (A selfie that is). So I went outside to go help them with this only to realize that they were all gathered around a very sick Sam singing his song that you wrote. It was so beautiful. Very difficult to hold back the tears.
So Sam passed away around 7:30 this morning peaceful with his entire family. But I did hear that last night when they thought that Sam might pass away, they all sat around him to sing his song to him again.
I just wanted to let you know how special this song really was to them. And how the song was such apart of their journey and way used as a huge way to express their love for him.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!”
Kathryn | Social Worker, Rogers House- Pediatric Hospice
Thank you to each and every one of your who has made a donation to this project. It really does make a difference in so many lives.
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