WHAT IS BELONG TO SONG?
Each jam session is attended by 20 to 25 participants in various stages of recovery and with a wide range of musical abilities. A peer facilitator, a professional musician, and a core back-up band work together to engage participants in music making.
The result? A blend of karaoke (but with a live band), sharing and collaborating on original songs, improvising with the band. Everyone who wants to perform has an opportunity, and all musical genres are welcome and appreciated.
WHAT WILL MY SUPPORT MEAN?
Your support for this fundraising campaign will help Belong to Song operate for a full year.
Welcoming those with lived experience of mental illness, as well as their families and friends, the program improves self-esteem, reduces stigma about mental illness, and builds community through group music making. Many participants regularly socialize outside of the program, and participants have opportunities to perform in the community several times a year.
When funding is available, Belong to Song participants receive mentoring and financial assistance to take private lessons or to record demos and original songs. Stronger Than Before is the latest such recording project.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BELONG TO SONG
Belong to Song participants come from CMHA Middlesex, My Sisters' Place, the Prevention & Early Intervention for Psychoses Program (PEPP), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care, and other mental health agencies in the London region.