Ukuleles that were played and signed by Green Day, Barry Gibb, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Flight of the Conchords and many more were auctioned on Trade Me, raising an amazing $10,917 for Play It Strange Trust! We want to keep going to help more kids, so please continue to help the cause. Your donations will ensure thousands of less fortunate children are part of a music programme that will help them have confidence to express themselves through the magic of music.
Social Angels is helping Play It Strange raise money to hold lyric writing workshops in low decile primary schools, around most of the North Island – from New Plymouth across to Napier and up as far as Cape Reinga – so the children can take part in the crafting experience. Well-known Kiwi songwriters and musicians will travel to schools all around the country to lead these workshops and encourage children to be inspired music makers, introducing many of them to what will be a whole new world. Musical artist Annah Mac will choose the most creative lyrics and compose the music for the winning song which she will perform for the children. Please help us by donating to this cause through Social Angels.
Mike Chunn, former Split Enz band member who now heads Play It Strange Trust, explains that when he walks into a primary school in a low socio-economic area and asks, "Who can write a song?" every hand in the school shoots up with excitement. Asking the same question at a high school in the same neighbourhood, Mike says he would be lucky to see five hands timidly raised.
As children start to grow up, especially in communities where people are disadvantaged in some way, they quickly recognise they have less than others. Kids become self-conscious and life appears very limited to them. No one in their world is achieving much so why should they expect to?
The vision of Play it Strange Trust is to develop self confidence in young kiwis and provide them with positive role models through music. They have undertaken a number of similar workshops and know the value of helping children forge their own identities and write about their hopes and dreams in songs.
Music speaks to everyone and can help a young person feel connected and relevant. When children are able to express themselves through music, they have a chance to find an escape from the complexities of life, stimulate their imaginations and also contribute something meaningful by setting words to music. From there, they gain confidence to tackle tougher things that might come their way.
Visit the Play It Strange Trust website for more information on their work.