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Neille Williams

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Neille Williams is a musician, singer, composer and writer based in Canberra, Australia. The daughter of jazz pianist Tom Williams, Neille graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1992 and has enjoyed a wonderfully diverse career in Australia and abroad. Neille is dedicated to the arts and believes that creativity is a light that shines on humanity and celebrates everything the world has to offer. In her words –
“Creativity is about beauty, honesty, imagination and hope – about making the tomorrows of this world something to dream about and reach for. “

How will your Philanthropy help?

Neille is a an artist who dreams big – but earns small. It’s as simple as that. She is currently working on:

1/ A creative script for a dance production company in Sydney with 8 performances booked in June. The project is tentatively called ‘Flow’ and it’s about sustainability and water, a most precious dwindling resource.

2/ A novel with 6 short stories for children, each with riddles to solve and a feel-good positive message at the end.

3/ A series of beginner concert band pieces with extra creative and fun elements, including humour, switch-around bars, and a story-telling feature.

How will Philanthropists benefit?

All subscribers will receive a regular blog update about the fabulous and frantic world that is my life. Falling off the stage while conducting? Singing 'La Bamba' to a group of appalled Spanish-speakers? Wearing all of my clothes at once at the airport to avoid excess baggage charges? I've done all this and so much more. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry at the same time and keep giving me a little of your money.

All philanthropy benefits are at the discretion of the individual artist.

Elise Walsh & Bella Groove

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Elise has been a performer since the age of 10, starting out at The Young People’s Theatre Newcastle. She was classically trained on the flute from the age of 11 and later studied Jazz Flute and vocals at the Sydney Conservatorium and with the Sydney Jazz Action Society.

Elise also spent time in the USA studying jazz vocals with internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator Jay Clayton.

Elise’s love for jazz stems from early beginnings. Her grandfather was a Jazz band leader in the UK in the 30s and 40s. Elise’s mum played jazz piano and her Aunty played double bass.

As a regular performer in her home base, Canberra, Elise always brings “good cheer” to all performances so that her “wide jazz family are having a good time” (Eric Pozza, Canberra Jazz).

How will your Philanthropy help?

As a full-time musician, composer/songwriter, Philanthropy subscriptions will be very beneficial.
I am in the process of writing new tunes and producing a 2nd album. Since I work best collaborating with other musicians, I choose to have my original music and covers arranged. This can be a costly process.

I also ensure that the top musicians I select to play in my band Bella Groove are payed well. So I am often left out of pocket, especially on tour (e.g. accommodation and travel costs are not usually covered in the fee).

So philanthropy subscriptions will contribute towards ongoing performances, tours and new album production.

How will Philanthropists benefit?

Elise's Subscribers will be rewarded with special gifts and early/discounted access to tickets

I would love to provide my Armchair Philanthropists with some terrific benefits such as; sample pre-release recordings (from upcoming EPs or album), a free CD, half priced tickets for performances at specific “listening”/audience venues, early bird priority to bookings (live performances at specific venues), membership of a subscription email (listing performances, photos, social media/blog and web updates).

All philanthropy benefits are at the discretion of the individual artist.