SPARK!, Sony Music Entertainment PHL join forces to empower young women

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SPARK! is delighted to announce new funding from Sony Music Entertainment Philippines to advocate for the rights of young women and provide access to free, quality education, improved reproductive health products and services, and support for gender-responsive and gender-responsive programming.

As a new beneficiary, SPARK! The Philippines will develop an initiative that capitalizes on the power of storytelling through film and music to showcase inspiring stories from the young women they support. The selected girls will collaborate with a critically acclaimed director and artists from Sony Music Philippines to produce short biopics or original documentaries with hard-hitting musical scores and theme songs. A separate series of short videos will also be produced to show how artists from Sony Music Philippines interact with young women through their workshops and writing and recording sessions.

“In addition to uplifting young women and making them aware of the issues they face, we want to inspire them to be more creative, to dream deeply and to aspire for more,” said Maica Teves, Executive Director at SPARK! Philippines. “Young women need help to strengthen and amplify their advocacy efforts, and the support of Sony Music Philippines musicians and filmmakers will help them do this in creative ways. Through our collaboration with Sony Music’s Global Social Justice Fund, we aim to provide our young women with a positive platform to showcase their collaboration and develop meaningful stories that illuminate the pressing issues they face. We want to embed a belief in equal rights and the importance of education at a young age and will work hand in hand with Sony Music Entertainment Philippines to achieve these goals.

Maica Teves, Executive Director, SPARK! Philippines; and Roslyn Pineda, GM, Philippines, SME

“We are happy to partner with SPARK! that impact the lives of young women across the Philippines,” said Roslyn Pineda, General Manager, Philippines, Sony Music Entertainment. “As a global music company, Sony Music Entertainment is dedicated to empowering and uplifting everyone in the societies where we operate. We are committed to bridging gaps in society and look forward to working with SPARK! to unleash the creative potential of young women in the Philippines.

Created in 2012, SPARK! Philippines is an NGO comprised of empowered women committed to women’s development and women’s organizations as full partners in national development. Funding from Sony Music Philippines will help strengthen collaboration and build alliances with people and organizations in various fields and sectors to advance the rights and well-being of young women, encourage young women to be agents of change from an early age by actively participating in social development programs and community projects, claiming their right to engage in spaces for political discussion, and supporting men in alliance and activism by joining activities that advance gender equality.

SPARK! The Philippines is the latest recipient announced in Asia by Sony Music Group’s Global Social Justice Fund. Launched in 2020, the Fund supports social justice and anti-racism initiatives around the world. Two years later, the Fund has pledged 71% of the total US$100 million fund to more than 400 community organizations around the world, covering areas such as civic engagement, environmental justice, criminal justice reform and education.

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