Healing Through Music
Make Music Matter uses the creative process as a therapeutic tool to help empower marginalized individuals and communities.
Our innovative Healing in Harmony music therapy program is centered on the belief that music can be an integral part of a community-driven, holistic healing model. The program brings together trauma survivors with a trained psychologist and music producer to write, record, and professionally produce songs about their emotions and experiences. Find out more
We work in 8 countries - DRC, Rwanda, Turkey, Guinea, South Africa, Uganda, and Peru - with a first Canadian site at Fox Lake Cree Nation, Manitoba, set to begin in 2020. Target groups include adult, youth, and child survivors of trauma, including survivors of sexual violence, people living in poverty and conflict, displaced persons, those with mental and physical illnesses and disabilities, their caregivers, and others.
The Healing in Harmony model:
1. Song writing provides a way for participants to make the expression of their trauma concrete.
2. Songs are recorded, produced, and disseminated via local radio stations, community concerts, social media, and major streaming platforms through A4A Records, a partnership with Warner Music Canada.
3. Participants emerge as empowered artists as their music helps to combat stereotypes, stigma, and shame. Their songs become tools for education, and the restoration of a supportive healing community.
4. A groundbreaking new publishing model helps to ensure that all royalties from the songs are sent back to the artists and their communities, regardless of socio-economic circumstances.
Developed in close partnership with 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege, the Healing in Harmony program has yielded groundbreaking results in the reduction of levels of anxiety, depression, and PTSD through its unique approach.
Where we work:
- Maison Dorcas at Panzi Hospital, Bukavu, DRC
- One-Stop Centre of Panzi Hospital, Mulamba, DRC
- Uyisenga Ni Manzi, Kigali, Rwanda
- Beni, DRC | World Vision DRC
- Association des victimes Parents et Amis du 28 septembre 2009, Ratoma, Guinea | Mukwege Foundation
- Survivors’ Empowerment for Self-sustainability and Holistic Healing in Africa (SESHHA), Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | Mukwege Foundation
- Golden Women’s Vision in Uganda, Gulu, Uganda | Mukwege Foundation
- SANAD, Gaziantep, Turkey
- Trujillo, Peru | World Vision Peru
- Fox Lake Cree Nation, Manitoba, Canada (to begin 2020)
VISIT https://makemusicmatter.org to learn more
READ Music heals: a brief background of Healing in Harmony (Humanitarian Exchange Magazine)
What People Are Saying
"The program is creating a breakthrough in healing. We're witnessing transformative change in the lives of women, children, their families, and vulnerable community members we serve. As survivors and patients transcend their suffering, we hear their voices anew, and together we are delivered to hope."
— Dr. Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Director - Panzi Hospital, Read More
"You can feel the cathartic process and both the trauma and joy of being able to express that in the music that they’re doing. It is a fascinating exploration back to what music was originally meant to do for people."
— David Bottrill, Grammy Award-winning music producer & Board Member, Read More