The Make Music Matter auction was a big success!

Make Music Matter is an NGO that uses music as a form of therapy in war-torn nations and in some of the poorest parts of the planet. A holiday auction was recently held and I’m pleased to see that it raised nearly $30,000.

From the press release:

The first Ultimate Holiday Auction has raised $28,738 for Make Music Matter’s Healing in Harmony program, nearly tripling its fundraising goal. The month-long auction wrapped up November 30th at 8 pm with a competitive finish on a number of items and experiences featuring top Canadian music industry experts and talent.

Many of Make Music Matter’s partner artists contributed exclusive prizes, one notable highlight being a Squier Stratocaster donated by Ian D’Sa, autographed by all members of Billy Talent, which closed at $1700.

All auction proceeds will support Healing in Harmony – a unique music therapy program implemented with local partners in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world. Participants include survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, exploited children, refugees, and other survivors of trauma.

“I am thrilled at the overwhelming response and support we received,” says Make Music Matter founder and CEO Darcy Ataman. “The money raised will help us deepen our impact and explore new areas where psychosocial support and mental health healing is needed.”

Auction sponsors included Canadian Musician Magazine, NAMM Foundation, Gerr Audio, Roland Canada, the El Mocambo, and Sennheiser.

And thanks to Mike Steer for bidding on me! We’ll be in touch.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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