2016 has been an incredible year for Make Music Matter!

Check out the highlights and find out more about what lies ahead in this year’s Annual Report.

Make Music Matter 2016 Annual Report

Humanitarian Innovation Fund Names Panzi’s and Make Music Matter’s Healing in Harmony Music Program Winner on the “Journey to Scale”

Panzi Foundation in partnership with Canadian NGO Make Music Matter, plans to expand music therapy program for survivors of sexual violence

Winnipeg, Canada (October 18, 2016) – The Panzi US partnership with Make Music Matter, and our colleagues at Panzi Foundation DRC grows stronger every day. The holistic healing model incorporates innovation and medical research with groundbreaking programs, like our “Healing in Harmony” music therapy program. Participants are survivors of sexual violence, abandoned children, vulnerable community members, and Panzi staff. Together, they are are treated as artists, not patients – and they own their music.

Executive Director Naama Haviv said, “We are honored to work with Darcy Ataman, an incredible innovator, and our dedicated and inspiring team in Bukavu. Healing in Harmony, at its core, has potential for transformational change, not just in women’s lives and in communities, but in the broader community of practice. We stand ready to work with the Humanitarian Innovation Fund on our Journey to Scale.”

It continues to be an honor to work alongside Panzi Foundations as we use the healing power of music together to help the survivors of sexual violence and embolden Dr. Mukwege’s holistic healing model.”, said Darcy Ataman, Founder and CEO, Make Music Matter.

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The Criminal Father

Listen now to songs from the fourth album by artists at Panzi, entitled ‘The Criminal Father’.

Learn more about our innovative music therapy program at Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thank you to our partners at Panzi Hospital and Foundations, to the Humanitarian Innovation Fund for their ongoing support, and a special shout out to students at Metalworks Institute in Mississauga, Canada, for their work on the final mixes.



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21 April 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Darcy Ataman, +1 204-298-0119, darcy@makemusicmatter.org



Founder and Medical Director of Panzi Hospital and Foundations, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Named to Time 100 List of Most Influential People in the World


(New York, NY) TIME named Panzi Founder, Dr. Denis Mukwege, PhD, to the 2016 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The girls and women of Congo, and survivors of sexual and gender based violence in every corner of the world, have a champion. Dr. Denis Mukwege is a pioneer of medical and psychosocial healing, integrated with education and vocational training, safe transitional housing, legal assistance, and social, familial, and community reintegration.

His tireless efforts on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in the world inspires, and informs our work with our colleagues at Panzi Hospital and Panzi Foundation DRC.

“Make Music Matter is proud to be a partner with Dr. Mukwege and Panzi Foundations for our innovative Music Therapy Program, implemented with the support of the staff at Maison Dorcas.

While Dr. Mukwege heals survivors physically we are able to work with survivors, vulnerable women, children and Panzi staff to use the healing power of music to recover psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually from traumatic past experiences” says Darcy Ataman, Make Music Matter Founder and CEO.

The full TIME 100 list and related tributes appear in the May 2 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Friday, April 22, and now at time.com/time100.


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Meet the women of Panzi Hospital taking part in our music therapy program along with special guest Swedish hip hop artist Timbuktu. Thank you to the Swedish PMU for putting together this piece.

08 March 2016

For Immediate Release


Panzi Hospital and Foundations, Make Music Matter Commemorate International Women’s Day with Release of New EP featuring Guest Artist Timbuktu

(Los Angeles, CA and Winnipeg, Canada) Featuring guest artist  Timbuktu, the third album from Panzi’s groundbreaking Music Therapy Program reaches a new level of artistry, with powerful, evocative songs about women’s experiences in Congo. This new EP, “I Also Have a Dream” features four tracks, including the powerful “Mon corps n’est pas une arme,” or “My Body is Not a Weapon.”

“The artists are driving the session. With the help of Jojo and Justin, the producer and psychologist respectively, these artists are ready to go. They are engaged. They have ideas and are ready to create. It is, of course, an honor to host an artist of Timbuktu’s caliber – but more so to witness the collaboration in this community of artists.” said Darcy Ataman, Founder and CEO of Make Music Matter who recently returned from five weeks at the Panzi Hospital and Foundations’ campus in Bukavu, DRC.

Naama Haviv, Executive Director of Panzi’s US foundation said, “Music more than heals us – it helps us to heal each other. We are honored Timbuktu, along with our partners at PMU, were able to visit the music therapy program at Panzi. We’re very excited to share the music from his powerful collaboration with the artists in our program. This EP represents more than what it possible, it is an expression of restored humanity.”

Working in tandem with a trained psychologist and music producer, Panzi’s groundbreaking Music Therapy program brings together survivors of sexual violence, vulnerable community members, and children for a healing journey by writing, recording, and professionally producing songs about their experiences.

The Music Therapy program is a collaboration between Panzi Foundation USA, Panzi Foundation DRC, and Make Music Matter. We are deeply grateful to the Humanitarian Innovation Fund for its ongoing support of the program.

The copyright for all lyrics and music are held by the artists who have given the Panzi Hospital and Foundations and Make Music Matter permission to share and disseminate the songs on their behalf. The music is available on Soundcloud. Lyrics and production information may be found here, and will be provided upon request. Panzi Foundation DRC staff and information may be found here.