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The House is a leading arts organisation and Not For Profit charity with the focus to Raise Girls' Voices & Advance Women's Careers.The House is a collaborative force that that develops and produces choral and vocal work with cross-age ensembles of girls and women.

The House aims to activate women across the world to feel empowered to speak, to feel like they belong.




The AKIN Program creates opportunities for Arts participation in targeted rural communities, for girls aged 8-18. We want to create an opportunity for every girl who puts her hand up saying I want to learn to use my voice. 

AKIN is a songwriting program that sees The House creative team facilitate cross-age singing and songwriting workshops, creating more city-country connections. Over the course of a day, each girl participating will have created a story, learnt how to structure it, and write it as a song. The members of the House create a safe environment that supports the vulnerability of the creative process, which is established and nurtured by all leaders and participants. While direction and assistance will be offered to the students, peer based learning is key in honing and capturing the girls’ talents.

The House has run this program for 8 years and has held workshops with over 1700 girls across regional NSW. This program is a legacy project to ensure girls are receiving high quality music education and empowering girls to use their voices. The House raises girls voices and advances women's careers, and by starting from a young age, we are teaching girls to write songs about what is important to them within their communities.


In 2021 we started our first monthly online sessions for girls who wanted to continue workshopping ideas post initial workshop and developing their skills. We had participants from Broken Hill, Gunnedah and Tamworth checking in each month which was successful.

The images and video below shows an AKIN workshop in action.