2019 CHOIR CALLOUT
THE HELP IS ON ITS WAY PROJECT
A national choral initiative fostering a dialogue around mental health, particularly for our men and boys.
Australia is in the midst of a national mental health crisis with one in five women and one in eight men in this country seeking help for mental health issues. Men, in particular are vulnerable; they are much less likely to seek help than women and suicide is currently the most common cause of death for males aged 15-45 years. Those in regional areas are at significantly higher risk.
The Help is on its Way Project, developed by QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan, offers an opportunity to join a national initiative fostering a dialogue around mental health, raising awareness of available services and encouraging help-seeking behaviours, particularly for our men and boys. We are reaching out across the nation with an inclusive and open invitation for individuals and choirs of all levels, abilities and sizes to learn the powerful hit, ‘Help is on its Way’ by Glenn Shorrock.
In 2019, we will come together to sing ‘Help is on its Way’:
- For our fathers, brothers, uncles, aunties, cousins, colleagues and friends, because we all need help sometimes and that’s OK.
- In tribute to the people and services who are there to help us when it is not OK.
- For ourselves and for each other, because it just feels good to sing and share a moment that feels OK.
Mass Choral Event
The project will culminate in mass choral event to be held in Brisbane on Saturday 27 July 2019. This profound and transformative opportunity to sing with a choir of thousands will be led by Dr Jonathon Welch AM, founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Choir of Hard Knocks, with a special guest appearance by two-time ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Glenn Shorrock, as well as QMF Artistic Director, Katie Noonan and many more.
The concert will be live-streamed via our website, so if you can’t be there on the night, you can host a concert in your own community and still be part of this event by accompanying the live-stream.
In addition, during the 2019 Queensland Music Festival, Glenn Shorrock and his band will headline an outback tour, performing in regional Queensland towns including Chinchilla, Moranbah, Barcaldine, Birdsville, Cunnamulla, Beaudesert. During the finale of each regional concert Glenn will perform ‘Help is on its Way’, accompanied by local voices. If you live in regional Queensland this may be your once in a lifetime opportunity to sing with a legendary Australian artist.
For regional tour details, click here.
Sing the Song
In 2019, after the Festival has officially announced this project, we hope you will include ‘Help is on its Way’ in your performance repertoire. All we ask is that your audience know that this is part of a national initiative in support of mental health awareness, particularly for our men and boys. There will also be opportunities for choirs to pop-up and perform during the Queensland Music Festival and on the day of the final event as well as many other ways to be involved.
Choirs and Individuals are invited to register now in order to be able to access details of the arrangement, guide tracks, notes for conductors and singers and regular updates on the project.
Start singing! Help is on its way.
To register for the Help is on its Way project, click here.
To view the 2017 project You’re the Voice, click here.
QMF is grateful for the support and advice of the Black Dog Institute, an organisation dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness and Roses in the Ocean, a lead organisation for lived experience of suicide in Australia that exists to save lives and reduce emotional pain.
Help is on its Way is presented by Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane City Council with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.