The SONG Project introduces Songwriting to women and girls who have been marginalized by poverty, homelessness, violence, or trauma, as a tool for empowering them to tell their stories of oppression, resilience and hope in a creative and transformative way.
Often, formal music education is not accessible to women and girls who are experiencing poverty, exploitation and various forms of oppression, yet music and songs play an influential role in many of their lives. People find songs that they connect with, and carry them through the day as companions, filling the individual with a sense of a wider community that she is connected to and supported by.
It can be very difficult for women and girls who have been oppressed to feel safe in sharing their own stories, yet they need and deserve a supportive and nurturing space where their truth can be shared, believed, validated and respected. Songs can tackle human suffering in a way that feels safe and manageable, having some sort of resolve. The purpose of The SONG Project is to teach participants how to write their own song while engaging in other musical activities such as group singing, community songwriting and group guitar lessons. Through this process, participants build community, and each individual is empowered to tell, record, and perform her story in a secure and nurturing environment that allows for healing, growth and creative transformation. Each participant walks away with a creative expression of a piece of her life journey that she can have pride and ownership of.
The SONG Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The SONG Project must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.