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WOMANSONG of Asheville

WOMANSONG WELCOMES YOU!

We are women of diverse ages, musical abilities, backgrounds and perspectives who sing together to nurture and uplift ourselves and our community.  ​​
Come Visit With Us!
We welcome visitors to come learn more about our music, our village, and our community outreach. During 2018, we’ll be holding auditions for new singers – no previous singing experience required! We ask that visitors attend three times before auditioning – so make sure to mark your calendar today!  Womansong.org

 Our MISSION is to:
Sing together for joy and the creation of community.
Provide a safe, nurturing environment for musical expression and creativity.
Support local women in need through our New Start Program.
Perform quality music that elicits joy and affirms social justice and unity.womansong    Go to our Website:  Womansong.org

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

We value Womansong as a nurturing village and a high-quality performance group and we cultivate both.
We value the power of music and believe that our singing uplifts, inspires, unites, and heals.
We value community and believe that care and respect for each other are key ingredients of our work.
We value the empowerment of women, and we support women in improving their lives.
We value joy and believe that laughter heals and fosters spiritual connections.
We value excellence and believe that each member’s efforts and dedication are essential to Womansong’s success. 
Because we believe that accepting and respecting individual differences enriches us, our music and our community, we actively embrace and encourage a diverse membership within Womansong.  We affirm and support diversity with regards to age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, ability, and spiritual beliefs.

Love is the heartbeat of our music and our Womansong community.

New Start Program

PROVIDING GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN IN   WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The New Start Story: Grants & Scholarships
In 1988, Womansong, under the leadership of founding director Linda Metzner, created the New Start Program — a program designed to provide financial assistance to women in need in WNC.  Click here for more information: 

New Start Grants
The NSP grants typically provide needed support for a woman on her path toward greater self-sufficiency.   These grants are intended to fill-in when other short-term funding options are not available. 

Candidates for a New Start Program grant are screened for eligibility by a case manager or social worker of licensed social service agencies who then makes the referral to Womansong’s New Start program. This one-time grant per individual is available for the amount of need up to $600.

Examples of grants that have been funded include:

  • Tickets for a women escaping domestic and sexual violence
  • Transportation fees related to education and employment

New Start Scholarships
In 2009, New Start Program was expanded to include offering an educational scholarship to A-B Tech. Since that time, we have extended our scholarship to include Haywood Community College and Blue Ridge Community College. Criteria for scholarships focus on encouraging women in WNC to obtain educational training leading to employment and greater self-sufficiency. 

Currently, we are pleased to offer the following scholarships:

  • 2 – $2,000    scholarships to A-B Tech Community College
  • 2 – $2,000   scholarships to Haywood Community College
  • 2 – $2,000   scholarships to Blue Ridge Community College
  • A fund for GED testing is available for women at these institutions.

For information regarding eligibility for an educational scholarship, please contact the appropriate community college and inquire about the Womansong scholarships.

 

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