Healing Through Music
Make Music Matter uses the creative process as a therapeutic tool to help empower marginalized individuals and communities.
Our innovative music therapy program, Healing in Harmony, centres around a locally-built recording studio on the grounds of a healing institution or community centre. Women, children, and vulnerable community members gather in the recording studio and work with a therapeutic team that includes a psychologist trained in music therapy and a professional music producer; patients are transformed into artists.
The songs are then disseminated back to the local community through radio broadcasts, concerts, CD distribution, and social media, as tools to raise awareness and reduce stigma.
We are currently working with partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Turkey, to expand programming. We are also exploring opportunities to work with Canada’s aboriginal communities.
At Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, our program has successfully integrated into the holistic treatment of survivors of sexual violence, with promising results in significantly reducing levels of anxiety and PTSD through its unique approach.
--> See how we're healing through music at Panzi Hospital (infographic)
Where we work
Maison Dorcas, Panzi Hospital - Bukavu, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Uyisenga N’Manzi Peace Centre - Rwamagana District, Eastern Province, Rwanda
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, Founder and Medical Director of 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