MAKE MUSIC MATTER
David sits on the board of directors for Make Music Matter, a non-profit organization that works in countries that have been deeply scarred by conflict, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women. Music has always helped people around the world to overcome hardship by providing comfort and consolation, and by helping them to directly address the most divisive issues facing their communities. Through our efforts, music also contributes to the prevention of violence and public health issues, and to raising awareness. Make Music Matter is in partnership with Panzi hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo where we have our flagship Healing In Harmony Music Therapy Program
ARTISTS, NOT PATIENTS
Working in tandem with a trained psychologist and music producer, participants write, record and professionally produce songs about their emotions and experiences. The process has a profound effect on both psychological healing and the restoration of a supportive, healing community.
Our artists are advocates publicly disseminating their music through local radio broadcasts, social media, community concerts and CD distribution, reducing stigma about sexual violence and more. Songs produced in the HIH Music Therapy Program are played to 5 million active listeners in the Eastern DRC via local radio.
Preliminary data show participants in our HIH Music Therapy Program with statistically significant reductions in PTSD an anxiety compared to a control group.
The Healing in Harmony Music Therapy Program at Panzi Hospital and Foundations is implemented through partnership between Panzi Hospital and Foundations in the US and DRC and Make Music Matter. The project is made possible through generous support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund.