Looking for the perfect gift for the music lover on your list? But maybe, this year of all years, you want to find something a little more special, a little more impactful, a gift that not only gives a smile but does some good?
Take a look at the #TogetherWeGroove online auction from Make Music Matter. This nonprofit organization has embraced the idea of using the creative process as a way to empower people around the world in marginalized communities. The Healing in Harmony program in particular focuses on helping trauma survivors and has served more than 5,000 people in eight countries, including survivors of sexual assault and abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, disabled refugees from Syria now living in Turkey and at-risk youth in Peru, with the expectation of launching the first Canadian site next year in the Fox Lake Cree Nation of northern Manitoba.
Starting Monday and running through December 17 at 11:59 a.m., Make Music Matter is hosting an online auction featuring some really incredible items from Three Days Grace, Corey Hart, Sam Roberts Band, The Trews, Godsmack and Billy Talent, along with mentoring sessions from the likes of Grammy winning producer David Bottrill, a one-on-one session with Make Music Matter therapist Justin Cikuru and a mentoring session with producer Hill Kourkoutis.
The auction is part of the larger #TogetherWeGroove campaign, which includes a video challenge that offers top fundraisers a chance to win a private session with members of Three Days Grace or a private bass lesson from Sum 41’s Cone McCaslin.
“The Healing in Harmony program for trauma survivors brings together a local trained psychologist and music producer in a group therapy setting,” the organization explains. “Participants write, record and perform songs about their emotions and experiences. The music is disseminated worldwide via A4A Records, with distribution through Warner Music Canada. The process helps newly emerged artists re-establish their sense of identity, self-worth and agency. It has proven to have a profound effect on both psychological healing and the restoration of a supportive community. Research has shown significant reductions in the prevalence of PTSD, anxiety and depression among participants.”
To try your luck at securing one of the fantastic prizes, or to learn more about the organization, go here.