Songwriting Works™ fulfills its mission to restore joy, hope, health and community by bringing interactive musical adventures, skills building workshops and inclusive events to elders, youth, and families in neighborhoods, care centers, and schools. We also offer training and consulting to health, arts and social service providers internationally.
“I’ve never sang before in my life and now I’m singing!” – E.N. Age 90
Songwriting Works’ approach is research-vetted and internationally recognized as a model of innovation in Intergenerational Community Engagement and Education, Creative Aging and Creativity throughout the Lifespan, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Arts and Care Partnering.
Guided by SW’s 8 Principles of Creative Engagement – Access, Inclusion, Originality, Authenticity, Respect, Reciprocity, Restoration, and Celebration –professional musicians, trained and certified as SW facilitators, invite participants age 4 to 100+ into collaborative musical experiences. Over the years, these collaborations have birthed 300+ original songs, 13 of which will appear on SW’s full-length album, Life’s a Song.
The SW experience has been shown to:
- Transform loneliness and depression into communication and joy
- Cultivate new friendships across generations while boosting self-esteem, empowerment and dignity for all
- Support well-being and spark brain activity for those living with memory loss and other health challenges
- Illuminate new avenues of enjoyment, creative expression and understanding for families/loved ones living with dementia
- Unite music lovers across differences in age, culture, class, education, language, ability and musical experience
- Raise awareness of musical intelligence and the power of song while dissolving stigmas about aging and dementia
Songwriting Works incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2009. Prior to that, SW operated as a non-profit fiscally sponsored project of Brava! for Women in the Arts (1995-2002) and SEEDS (2003-09). Arts Northwest (ANW) served as the fiscal agent for SW’s 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Creativity and Aging in America project.