Homeless choir charity releases single to raise money and awareness

For World Homeless Day today, the Choir with No Name worked with 170 people on This Is Me from the musical The Greatest Showman

A charity that runs choirs for homeless people has released as a single a cover version of a song from the musical The Greatest Showman.

The Choir with No Name worked with 170 people on This Is Me, which will come out on World Homeless Day today.

Those involved with the project, which forms part of the The Choir with No Name’s tenth anniversary activities, are beneficiaries of the charity's work in Birmingham, Brighton, Liverpool and London.

The charity was awarded £15,000 by Arts Council England and £8,000 by Ocorian Trustees, part of the financial services firm Ocorian, for the project.

Ocorian's partnership with Kobalt, a music and technology company, enabled the song to be performed in professional studios, accompanied by a video.

Marie Benton, chief executive of the Choir with No Name, said the initiative was primarily about awareness-raising rather than fundraising.

To further raise awareness, the charity will launch an accompanying digital #ThisIsMeinthree campaign, asking followers and influencers to describe themselves in three words.

"This Is Me is a song about stepping out of the shadows and being proud of who you are," said Benton.

"We want the world to see homelessness as a systemic problem, not a personal affliction, and get engaged in the fight to end it."

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