Songwriting Works™ Educational Foundation receives the 2010 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Award from the Arthur and Rosalinde Gilbert Foundation in conjuction with the Family Caregiver Alliance.
Songwriting Works receives the Washington Health Foundation's Rural Health Initiative grant to complete year two of SW's facilitator training and create music-for-wellness tools for older adults and families on the rural Olympic Peninsula.
Judith-Kate Friedman presents on Songwriting Works research and "best practice" model at the American Society on Aging's National Forum on Brain Health, at the Aging in America Conference, Chicago IL, March 17, 2010.
Songwriting Works in conjunction with Arts NorthWest and the Olympic Area Agency on Aging received on of the nation's first Creativity and Aging in America grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to replicate its songwriting program with older adults on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula and launch a facilitator certification program.
A celebration concert of songs composed during the 2009 SWOP project was held November 11, 2009. Read the story in the Peninsula Daily News. Performers included four songwriters training as SW facilitators: Keeth Monta Apgar, Paula Lalish, Matt Sircely, and Anke Summerhill with project director Judith-Kate Friedman, guest artists Laurence Cole & PT Songlines Choir, Daniel Deardorff and project participants.
Dr. Theresa Allison M.D, M.Music published results of her study of Songwriting Works in the Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology (Oxford University Press).
Songwriting Works Founding Director Judith-Kate Friedman and Rabbi Sheldon Marder
and Mark Friedlander, Chaplain and Director of Resident Programs respectively at the Jewish Home San Francisco, receive the 2008 Blair L. Sadler/Society for the Arts in Healthcare International Healing Arts Award for Songwriting Works at the Jewish Home.
Judith-Kate Friedman facilitates a series of Songwriting Works™ workshops at four Port Townsend retirement residences as guest artist with Arts to Elders, a new Jefferson-county based non-profit.
Songwriting Works received the MetLife Foundation/American Society on Aging MindAlert Award in March 2007. Founding Director Judith-Kate Friedman accepted the award at the American Society on Aging/National Council on the Aging joint conference and joins the MindAlert training faculty. In June, partnering health , arts, and life-long learning organizations in Atlanta, Chicago , Minneapolis, and Los Angeles won MindAlerts grants to bring Ms. Friedman in to demonstrate the Songwriting Works™ process with older adults and to work hands-on with caregivers and artist facilitators. For info on the MindAlert training click here.
Judith-Kate Friedman celebrates 10 years of Songwriting Works artist-inresidency programs at the Jewish Home San Francisco.
Nathan Friedkin’s documentary "A 'Specially Wonderful Affair," featuring Singers & Songwriters of the Jewish Home, average age 87, and Songwriting Works’ founding director Judith-Kate Friedman, received Best Music Video of the Year, 3rd place honors from the international Just Plain Folks awards.
Founding Director Judith-Kate Friedman demonstrates Songwriting Works with researches and experts on Creativy and Aging at the first Symopsium and Think Tank on Creativity and Dementia, Center on Age and Community, University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. Proceedings and Findings of the Think Tank are documented in the Symposium White Paper.
Songwriting Works moves from the San Francisco Bay Area to Port Townsend, WA
West Coast composers performed settings of peace poems by Zen artist and author Kazuaki Tanahashi for a standing-room-only audience at Berkeley’s renowned Freight & Salvage in April 2005. The concert, which benefited Tanahashi’s non-profit organization
“A World Without Armies: the Costa Rica Initiative” was a genre-bending evening of folk, gospel, baroque, avante garde and funk performed by internationally acclaimed artists ranging in age from their mid-20’s to mid-70’s. Performers included Robert Kyr and Shira Kammen, Betsy Rose, Bodhi and Joyus’ Rhythm Matrix, Edie Hartshorne and the Foxglove Trio, Judith-Kate Friedman, Evelie Delfino Såles Posch and M.C. Wes “Scoop” Nisker.
April 2005 continued:
Tanahashi, Hartshorne and Friedman then reprised the concert with Central American musicians and educators at an international 60th anniversary celebration of the signing
of the United Nations charter at UPAZ (University of Peace) in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica.
A live concert CD “Imagining Peace” was released in April 2006.
Songwriting Works’ founding director Judith-Kate Friedman served as producer of both
the concerts and recording.
For concert photos visit the Songs/Gallery.