For my fiftieth birthday this year (Feb 8th) I had fifty gigs/events (music, comedy, book readings) on that day (or near about) to plug the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity. That was gigs already taking place, not me arranging fifty gigs! Most simply sent a Tweet and/or Facebook post on the day giving a link and plug to the charity, whilst some had leaflets from Nordoff Robbins on their merchandise stands. The idea being to create a whole host of gigs/events and social media posts mentioning Nordoff Robbins on and around the 8 February.
As it was such a success I thought why not make it an annual event to plug the Nordoff Robbins charity and their work in musical therapy which benefits people of all ages. Like this year’s event, the idea is to create a whole host of gigs/events and social media posts mentioning Nordoff Robbins on and around the 8 February 2019. Plus this year it will be hopefully 51 gigs and the focus this time will be on up and coming bands/artists/comedians/authors who may not be performing on or around the 8 February 2019, however they will be supporting and plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins.
From Ingrid Stone, Community Fundraiser at the Nordoff Robbins charity on this year’s Fifty Gigs…
“I would like to thank each of the artists, bands, musicians and production companies who have supported the Fifty Gigs In A Day fundraising initiative in aid of Nordoff Robbins music therapy. Above all, thank you to Jason Ritchie, who founded this wonderful initiative. As a charity and organisation, your support is so valued – both on the fundraising front and in terms of awareness, and the £202 that you have raised is equivalent to 10 x group-based Nordoff Robbins music therapy sessions or 4 x one-to-one Nordoff Robbins music therapy sessions, which is brilliant.”
Nordoff Robbins do lots of wonderful work helping people of all ages with musical therapy and music has always been a big part of my life.
Below are the artists kindly taking part in this and do support them in any way possible…
ANDREW W.K. is the patron of Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019. His positive attitude to music is a perfect fit.
BARBARA DICKSON who plays a show at Eden Court, Inverness on Feb 8
THE FIERCE AND THE DEAD progressive instrumentalists
LETZ ZEP play Vitoria in Spain on Feb 8
NINEBARROW are a multi-award-winning folk duo and will be performing live on Feb 8 2019 venue TBA
SPACE ELEVATOR their second album ‘II’ is out now and they will be spreading the word about Nordoff Robbins via social media on the day
MARK STAY author and screenwriter promises a fun event to promote Nordoff Robbins on the day
Just Giving page is here if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins
We’re delighted to share that last year we delivered 29,725 music therapy sessions to 7,916 beneficiaries – reaching more people in more places than ever before.
We have just published our new 2017 Annual Review, and you can read more about this and our other milestones inside, including the opening of our newly refurbished, world-leading music therapy centre in London, and our new centre in Newcastle.
We also explored the impact of our music therapy services on beneficiaries, their family members, carers and staff at a cross-section of our partner organisations and open access centres, and were so pleased to see an increase on last year’s already very positive impact figures.
95% people said music therapy helped improve their interaction, communication and relationships
91% said it improved their quality of life and wellbeing
You can also find out more about the beneficiaries who are the heart of our music therapy work – including Betsy, Robert, Esther and Laura – and read about their journeys with music. As Betsy’s mum Rochelle says, “Music therapy has boosted Betsy’s self-esteem and encouraged her passion for music. This makes us so happy because Betsy has such a wonderful imagination and vocabulary – and music therapy is helping her to thrive.”
We support thousands of people in our own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations, including care homes, schools and hospitals. Music therapy can help a child with autism to communicate, enable someone with dementia to regain their sense of identity, or provide comfort to someone facing terminal illness.