In 2008, Sydney Street Choir was awarded runner up for the Best Program for the Disadvantaged at the national Music in Communities Awards.
The competition entry reads:
Sydney Street Choir (SSC) Program: Standing Tall
A precursor to the now iconic Melbourne- based “Choir of Hard Knocks”, this is a program which connects with, inspires and empowers those living in homeless or disadvantaged communities. It includes people with a physical, mental or social disability. Musical involvement is used as a form of therapy to help with depression and ease participants out of social isolation. Inclusiveness is the priority: anyone is welcome to participate in rehearsals and shows, regardless of singing ability.
Membership has steadily increased since the choir’s inception and this organisation has inspired and mentored other groups throughout the state and country to form choirs with similar aims.
Our organisation has inspired and mentored other groups throughout the state and country to form choirs with similar aims.
And this is what the Judges had to say about it!
Empowerment is the keyword for this wonderful initiative. SSC empowers people to find their own voice, tell their own stories and find their own ways to appreciate each other through the uplifting effect of singing together.