Early 2016, youths from all around Singapore responded to World Vision’s call for humanitarian minded youths, who have a talent for music.
United by a love for music and a desire to use their musical gifts for a greater cause, they banded together to form Musicatalyst, a name that distills the essence of their band, catalyzing social change through music. Through music advocacy, their mission to mobilse others to enable vulnerable children globally to experience fullness of life took flight.
Music Advocates Boot Camp
Launched in July 2016 after a series of auditions and interviews, the handpicked Musicatalyst jumpstarted their journey in a Music Advocates boot camp. The day long intensive session grew their knowledge on poverty, development and the Street Children Transformation Project (SCTP) in Phnom Penh, their adopted cause. They were also equipped with fundraising tools like social media marketing, fundraising basics and essentials of concert organisation.
Street Children Music Engagement
A music mentorship session, basic khmer class and a trip to Phnom Penh, where they conducted a four-hour music engagement programme with street children rounded up their journey as empowered and inspired music advocates.
The Musicatalyst left Phnom Penh charged up to raise funds for SCTP, a world vision project which empowers street children to break out of the poverty cycle and leave the street life.
Watch this highlights video on the Street Children Music Engagement (SCME) Programme conducted by the Musicatalyst for street children in Phnom Penh:
Music being their favourite medium of expression, they wrote original songs based on their Cambodia experience and sang their hearts out at Jambodia, a fundraising concert they organised as a call for supporters.
Joined by World Vision Ambassadors Jack and Rai as well as Music influencers from different walks of life such as Jean Tan, Wei Chiang and Spydermonkeys, they shook the hearts of more than 200 supporters at Hood bar and Café for the cause raising a total of more than $6,000 for the project.
Post-Jambodia concert, Jack and Rai took Musicatalyst under their wing in a mentorship session to refine their original songs. The Musicatalyst will be recording their originals and uploading them on iTunes to raise funds for the Street Children Transformation Project.
World Vision’s Street Children Transformation Project
The World Vision Street Children Transformation Project in Phnom Penh began 15 years ago in response to the great need which emerged following the Khmer Rouge years that left many children impoverished, orphaned, abandoned or separated from their families.
World Vision faces the challenge of breaking the vicious cycle of generations living on the streets. Through night time education programmes for both parents and children, the project aims to transform mind sets and encourage the children to dream big. The project also provide support for families to be re-integrated into the villages near Phnom Penh or to secure jobs and housing in Phnom Penh. By strengthening the ecosystem of support, sustainable change has been made. Together with other organisations working in Phnom Penh, the number of street children has been halved over the past 15 years.
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World Vision Music Advocates: Musicatalyst
We are a group of youths united through our shared passion in music, to advocate for the Street Children Transformation Project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Our vision is for every street child in Phnom Penh to gain access to resources that allow them to dream, because no dream should ever be too big for a child.
In December 2016, we visited Phnom Penh to conduct a music outreach workshop with a group about 30 street children. This experience proved to us that music is a universal language of love. Understanding the sustained work World Vision has done to transform their lives has also touched us profoundly.
THE CALL FOR MUSIC ADVOCATES IS STILL OPEN
Using music as the universal language of hope, we are looking for musicians who can form the bridge between the haves and have nots bringing blessings to both sides through music.
You can choose to serve at any of these areas:
- WV Inaugural Race for Relief
where you will perform at Stadium Riverside walk in support of the East African Famine in a closing concert
- Overseas Immersion & Advocacy
where you will select a project to adopt, travel to minister through music and fundraise for children in need
- Music Advocacy
where you will spread word of World Vision’s cause through your music to raise funds.
If interested, please contact Karen Xin at 6922 0114 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.