Sydney Street Choir gives spirited performance alongside pop stars at Sydney Opera House

Australia’s longest running choir for the homeless and socially disadvantaged, the Sydney Street Choir, teamed up with X Factor winner Dami Im, Australian Idol alumni Paulini and pop royalty Deni Hines to perform at a special relaunch event at the Sydney Opera House today with former breakfast radio host Bianca Dye picking up the mic once again to MC the event.

The uplifting event announced the Sydney Street Choir’s exciting new corporate, education and charity patronage programs, new website and Foundation Partnership with leading Australian property company, PAYCE, whose support has provided a strategy for the long-term sustainability of the historical choir, which until this year was facing the dire risk of disbanding due to a lack of support.

The Sydney Street Choir, led by Director James Paul – well known for his work with youth and disadvantaged groups around Sydney- performed a number of popular musical renditions that touched the audience, including the Beatles’ Let It Be, soul favourite Amazing Grace and even Dami Im’s new heart-warming single, Smile.

M John Sidoti, Parliamentary Secretary and Member for Drummoyne was in attendance representing the NSW Government, as well as PAYCE’s General Manager, Dominic Sullivan, who both spoke in support of the Choir’s great work and the need for it to continue.

Mr Sullivan used the event to make a surprise revelation to guests, announcing PAYCE’s extended support of the Sydney Street Choir, which hopes to give the Choir financial stability in the years ahead.

“The Sydney Street Choir’s love of singing was extremely evident today and has shown that music is a focal point in many of their lives,” he said.

“I would like to announce that PAYCE has committed $60,000 over the next three years, as well as in-kind support, to help develop and implement a number of initiatives to keep the Choir singing.

“This includes helping the Choir work more closely with the corporate sector through new partnership programs and an innovative corporate workshop model; an expansion of their education program with schools; and the new personal patronage initiative with the ‘Friends of Sydney Street Choir’ membership,” Mr Sullivan continued.

Choir Director, James Paul said the launch event was a huge success and is thankful for the support of PAYCE.

“Today’s performance at the Sydney Opera House was tangible proof of how people’s lives can change in a positive way through the power of song and the support of the community,” Mr Paul said.

“Until we partnered with PAYCE, we were looking at the potential breakdown of one of the most transformative community programs assisting Sydney’s homeless and disadvantaged.

“Not only has this program impacted lives by empowering members to join the workforce or study, but it has also driven profound emotional change, for some helping members to find a voice after years of not speaking to another soul,” Mr Paul explained.

“I applaud PAYCE for its commitment to make a difference to the lives of people who are less fortunate than most of the community.

“We are hopeful today’s event will inspire Sydney’s corporate, education and residential community to get behind this essential support program for Sydney’s homeless and disadvantaged,” Mr Paul stated.

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2015 New Charity Program Line Up Announced

We are excited to announce a 2015 line up of new charity programs and a refreshed website for Sydney Street Choir.

The Sydney Street Choir is capitalising on the collaborative partnership with PAYCE to launch a number of initiatives and expand on some of the exciting work the Sydney Street Choir is involved in.

From working more closely with the corporate sector to increase corporate performances, to initiating a program for corporate singing workshops and new opportunities for greater corporate sponsorship, we will be focusing in 2015 on opening channels for long term support from Sydney’s business community.

On an individual level, the Sydney Street Choir will also be launching a ‘Friends of Sydney Street Choir’ membership. With membership costing the same as one cup of coffee a month, the program allows everyday individuals to easily give to this worthwhile program, helping empower and enrich the lives of those in need of the social and emotional benefits the Choir provides.

The Sydney Street Choir is also planning to expand the school performance program it had initiated in recent years. The Sydney Street Choir school program has proven to deliver significant results by helping to enlighten school children on the plight of some of the less fortunate people in our community and the merits of giving and compassion. We would like to see the program expanded across Sydney schools.

To find out more about these programs, please click on the relevant link/s in the menu above.

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Announcing new corporate partnership with PAYCE

We are proud to announce a new Foundation Partnership with leading Australian property company, PAYCE.

PAYCE will provide financial and corporate support through the year and work collaborately with the Sydney Street Choir Foundation (SSCF) to develop a business action plan aimed at securing long term sustainability for the Choir.

Currently the choir struggles to meet its expenses, with funds coming from fundraising concerts, public donations and the sale of its CDs. With almost no administrative overheads, 98% of the funds received goes directly towards the Choir’s charitable work in supporting its performers – Sydney residents experiencing homelessness or some form of social, health or economic disadvantage in their communities.

Sydney Street Choir provides its performers a rare opportunity to engage with the public, share their voice and be mobile. For some, the Choir performances and rehearsals are the only times the performers venture out into the public – providing vital social interaction and opportunities for support.

The Sydney Street Choir Foundation first became involved with PAYCE when the Choir performed at last year’s Lights of Christmas presented by PAYCE event in the city.

According to PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd, “The Choir’s performances were uplifting and touched everyone who saw them perform. This led to discussions with the Foundation about the choir’s future and how PAYCE might contribute to its ongoing success.”

PAYCE’s General Manager, Dominic Sullivan said the Choir was “tangible proof of how people’s lives can change in a positive way through the power of song and the support of the community”.

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