The project at the Panzi Hospital in the DRC has been setup by Make Music Matter to help survivors of gender-based violence deal with the trauma they’ve suffered. With its own brand of Music Therapy called ‘The Music Enrichment Program’, MMM’s local producers facilitate songwriting and recording workshops with patients at the hospital.
After the songs are written and developed during sessions at Panzi Hospital in the DRC, they are recorded at a studio set up by Make Music Matter. Following their recording, the rough tracks are delivered to Metalworks Institute where students are tasked with finalizing the productions. From adding production, to mixing and mastering, the emotion that transcends the music has had a profound impact on our students.
“It’s really powerful and inspiring, people have been affected in ways that people like me can’t even understand or grasp,” explains PSS student Cameron Eady. “I was really honoured to be part of this project – it’s really humbling to consider life outside of your own.”
Students were also given feedback on their mixes by Grammy award winning producer (and MMM board member) David Bottrill. Make Music Matter Founder and CEO Darcy Ataman hopes that the project helps students realize the huge difference music can make in the world. “I hope they realize that what they do here can actually make these differences in some of the toughest places in the world.”
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