Although the Sydney Street Choir has been operating as a community based choir for over ten years, the Sydney Street Choir Foundation was not formed until 2010. The Foundation’s role is to provide administrative, legal, governance, and financial support to the Choir to keep the Choir programme alive and well.
The objective (both long and short term) of the Sydney Street Choir Foundation is to operate a choir for the principal purpose of benefitting people experiencing disadvantage (whether due to homelessness, poverty, mental Illness, depression or otherwise) through social interaction and community building.
Sydney Street Choir Foundation is a registered charity with tax-deductible status. A small volunteer board manages the Choir programme by providing professional skills.
Current Board of Directors:
Ashley Dayman – Chairman & Company Secretary, Bachelor of laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts
Ashley Dayman was appointed Director on 14 April 2010 and Secretary on 23 February 2012. Mr Dayman was a special counsel at Minter Ellison lawyers until 19 July 2013, having been a lawyer with Minter Ellison since 2000. He was first admitted as a legal practitioner in 1997 and between then and 2000 worked in a number of private and government legal roles. In addition to acting as Chairman of the Directors, Mr Dayman from time to time assists Sydney Street Choir Foundation with various legal matters on a pro bono basis.
James Paul – Musical Director, BA, MMus (Sydney Conservatorium)
James Paul is a music educator, conductor and performer with a diverse background including directing choirs, classical and popular music performance and composition. James is an in-demand choral conductor, and is regularly asked to establish choirs and to run choral workshops around Sydney. He currently runs choral programs in 3 high schools, as well as directing a number of other community choirs, including the Sutherland Shire Choral Society and the Riverwood Community Choir.
As a music educator, James is a passionate advocate for creating accessible and uplifting musical experiences. He has been invited to establish choral programs at Public Schools in disadvantaged areas throughout NSW, he has taught music to young offenders in the juvenile justice system and he has employed by a number of disability agencies around Sydney to facilitate music therapy workshops for adults and children with a range of disabilities.
His own compositions have been played on radio stations around the country including ABC Classic FM, 2MBS FM, and ABC Radio National, and he has made many live radio appearances including ABC local radio in Alice Springs, Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle. As a singer and instrumentalist James has appeared in major venues and festivals nation-wide including multiple Sydney Festival performances, Sydney Riverside Theatre, QPAC Theatre and the Gold Coast and Darwin Entertainment Centres.
Katherine Martin – Director, Treasurer
Anna Dear – Director
Andrew Everingham – Director, Managing Director at CAPITAL-e Marketing & Events
For Andrew, life is as much about connecting people as it is about having fun. The technology marketer, entrepreneur and advocate for the homeless, has spent his twenty-plus year career doing both. Now, he’s bringing others along for the ride as Founder and CEO of marketing and event management agency CAPITAL-e.
The agency was founded out of Andrew’s passion for helping brands tell their stories and engage with customers in new and exciting ways. It also exploits one of his core strengths which is bringing together smart and creative teams to deliver integrated campaigns and first-rate events. Today, CAPITAL-e manages campaigns and events across Asia Pacific for clients including Salesforce, Google and Hitachi. It also delivers a number of programs in the US each year.
Andrew also applies his talent of bringing people together to Sydney Homeless Connect which he co-founded to connect those experiencing homelessness with the services and support they need. In its eighth year, the annual event brings together more than 3,000 homeless with 70 service providers. Sydney Homeless Connect is a 100% not-for-profit organisation powered by volunteers who believe that sometimes it’s good just to do something good.
Andrew has a deep interest in the future of technology and the human construct. He also believes everyone should spend more time having fun. So when he’s not forging connections for others or emceeing events, Andrew can usually be found enjoying time with family and friends and planning his next adventures.
Sydney Street Choir Foundation relies on donations, community partners, sponsors, patrons and grants to help fund the programme.
Sydney Street Choir Foundation ABN 95 143 121 484 is a not for profit organisation and holds a NSW charitable fundraising authority (CFN/214911)