Open Piano for Refugees
Everyone can play. Everyone can listen.
Our goal is to bring people from all around the world together by placing freely accessible grand pianos in public spaces. Places of encounter are created where language and words do not matter. The project strengthens the social participation of refugees and social integration as a whole.
A musical instrument becomes an instrument for integration.
We coordinate the location, weather protection, permits, piano transport, continuous supervision and playing of the pianos, as well as the organization of concerts at the locations. All donations are invested in our social music school DoReMi.
Social Music School Doremi
In 2018 we founded the social music school DoReMi.
Here we offer music in pairs lessons for refugees and low-income people with German-speaking, higher-income people. Sustainable integration and appreciation of cultural diversity are promoted while enjoying music together through an innovative “pay as much as you can”-concept.
Some of our teachers are people with refugee experience as well. A piece of their culture is reflected through musical subjects such as oriental percussion, saz or oud. We currently employ 23 music teachers with qualified pedagogical skills from 12 nations and teach an average of 180 students per semester in 13 instrumental subjects & our intercultural choir.
In addition to organizing our own concerts on the open pianos, we convey refugee musicians and enable them to use their creative potential for a paid gig and take further steps towards successful integration. Some of the refugee artists even made it onto the music album “Feat. Respect,” which was distributed and promoted by Universal Studios.
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SOCIAL IMPACT REPORT
Our first impact report is finally here! You can read more in detail about our activities, our impact, hurdles, highlights and visions for the future.