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Online Auction Supports Make Music Matter's Trauma Healing Program

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Corey Hart, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Sam Roberts Band, The Trews, Godsmack and others have provided items and services to raise funds for Make Music Matter’s music therapy program for trauma survivors, via the #TogetherWeGroove online auction on eBay

Available items include autographed albums and merchandise, a microphone, one-on-one mentoring sessions with producers David Bottrill and Hill Kourkoutis, and an online talk with Make Music Matter lead therapist and trainer Justin Cikuru.

The auction closes on Dec. 17 at 11:59 a.m. (EST). As of 2 p.m., a limited-edition white vinyl copy of Billy Talent’s II album autographed by the band had attracted the most interest with 23 bidders pushing the price up to $460.

The auction is part of the #TogetherWeGroove campaign that includes a video challenge where top fundraisers will have a chance to take part in a private one-on-one with members of Three Days Grace and a private bass lesson with Cone McCaslin from Sum 41.

Founded by Darcy Ataman, Make Music Matter is a Canadian non-profit organization that uses the creative process as a tool to empower marginalized individuals and communities. Its roots date back to 2006, when several artists wrote and recorded “Song For Africa” to raise awareness about AIDS on the continent and raise funds to support various projects there.

#TogetherWeGroove is raising money for Make Music Matter’s Healing in Harmony, a program founded by Ataman and Nobel Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, that provides music therapy for survivors of sexual violence and other traumas around the world, and the people who care for them. It has served more than 5,000 individuals to date in eight countries and is preparing to launch a first site in Canada with Fox Lake Cree Nation in northern Manitoba.

Healing in Harmony brings together a local trained psychologist and music producer in a group therapy setting. 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 to re-establish their sense of identity and self-worth. It’s 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 post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression among participants. 

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