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Help The Sing For Freedom Choir

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Help The Sing For Freedom Choir

Together Productions By Together Productions

In 2021, the Sing For Freedom Choir has ambitious plans to welcome new members, make a music video for Zero Discrimination Day, and hire a community support worker to provide vital pastoral support.

Islington Idea stage

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The Sing For Freedom Choir is a remarkable group of people who sing from a shared love of music to reclaim the voice that torture so cruelly tried to silence. This amazing and vulnerable community is made up of Survivors affiliated with UK charity Freedom from Torture after facing extreme difficulties in their countries of origin, and Londoners who join to sing in solidarity with them . In 2019 they were perilously close to shutting down and were saved by the Spacehive community. The Sing For Freedom Choir has fought to stay together during lockdown, providing a lifeline at a time where many of the members have found the usual services they access cut. Some of them have been working on the front line as NHS workers, and many of them do not have access to data and technology at home. Despite this, they have managed to make the I Choose Love music video as a demonstration of solidarity with survivors everywhere, inspiring resilience at the time of hardship and anxiety.

What we'll deliver:

  • Welcome new choir members who have also experienced displacement in January 2021
  • Zero Discrimination Day film project with the Soundabout Choirs, whose members have severe learning disabilities
  • Hire a community support worker to offer vital pastoral support & signposting to services & opportunities
  • Offer training with digital technology and software
  • Continue to fund data payments for members throughout the continued pandemic

Why it's a great idea:

The project will enable more people who have experienced displacement to access the therapeutic benefits of singing in a choir. Sing For Freedom Choir has changed lives, and as one member says, "One of the worst things about torture is that it silences you….the choir has given me back a voice". The film created for Zero Discrimination Day will empower people who regularly experience discrimination, including those with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, to provide a vision of what a more inclusive world could be through performance of "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing", with a message of ending discrimination. With services cut as a result of the pandemic, hiring a community support worker will offer, once a week, vital pastoral support and signposting to mutual aid, education and employment opportunities. By offering training in digital technology and data support, we will enable our members to not only access the choir, but also connect to vital support services.

Steps to get it done:

  • Welcome New Members to Sing for Freedom Choir on January 7th 2021
  • Hire Community Support Officer
  • Premiere the film for Zero Discrimination Day on March 1st 2021

Please help us to support members of Sing For Freedom Choir to continue to meet online, and enable us to offer the technical support, training and pastoral support they deserve. Your funding contributions: £5 - will fund data payments for one singer for one week and enable them to get online £15 - will fund a pair of headphones for one singer £20 - will provide one member with a digital training session £50 - will enable one choir member to participate in the video project for Zero Discrimination Day £150 - will enable a community support officer to provide once a week, vital pastoral support and signposting to our members £500 - will fund a bursary place for one choir member for one year


Location Islington

About the space

When we can rehearse in person we meet at Freedom From Torture in Islington, but our members live across London. Many of them are in temporary accommodation and move around frequently.


London Borough of Islington

How will the money be spent?Total £12,179

Musical Director - £1,680 (14%)
Community Support Worker - £1,500 (12%)
Project Coordinator - £1,440 (12%)
Participants data - £1,290 (11%)
Location Filming - £1,000 (8%)
Music Video Director - £1,000 (8%)
Editor - £1,000 (8%)
Digital training sessions - £1,000 (8%)
Sound editor - £600 (5%)
Project Manager - £600 (5%)
Other - £1,069 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Musical Director
Community Support Worker
Project Coordinator
Participants data
Location Filming
Music Video Director
Digital training sessions
Sound editor
Project Manager
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • Musical Arrangement and recording
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Extend the work of our Community Support worker providing valuable pastoral care, signposting for choir members and pathways to leadership and training
  • Fund a workshop day for choir members and their children (once restrictions are lifted)
  • Fund the development of the next choir film project

Total £12,179

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