Arts and cultural activities, Social inclusion



Who is behind this?

Patricia Adkins Chiti Fondazione Donne in Musica


Who is joining forces?

Progetto Itaca Roma


Clubhouse Schwalbennest


Club Itaca Milan


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Since 2011 FACDIM and PROGETTO ITACA present original interactive music events cutting distances between mentally ill, composers and musicians. Through MUSICALMENTE Symposiums in Rome, Milan and Munich we transmit format to young music professionals encouraging development and use in other similar European centres for mental disability. New music by women composers serves as bridge to self-awareness, insight and well being for our special public, fostering social skills and relieving anxiety.

Where will your idea take place?

Rome, Italy

Why does Europe need your idea?

The mentally ill are too often segregated or considered societal burdens with few opportunities to actively participate in live music, essential for socialization and involvement in contemporary creativity. Our unique “Format” is totally interactive: audience participates with body percussion (stomping, clapping) or movement (marching,seated dances) and questions.Young music professionals lack training to prepare them for alternative publics: we change this through Symposiums and peer coaching.

What is your impact?

Development and growth of interactive music programmes for mentally sick following laboratory style Symposiums in Clubhouses in Rome, Milan and Munich. Inspiration for young music practitioners in Italy, Germany and throughout Europe. Attention of Policy Makers and European organizations to lack of musical and cultural inclusion for mentally sick and families in live music events and contemporary creativity. Further involvement of women’s music in this sector. Attention from Media for problem.

How do you get there?

Organisation of one day Symposiums in Clubhouse Centres in Rome, Milan and Munich each for maximum 24 carefully chosen young music professionals (women composers, instrumentalists, historians) and club members where current MUSICALMENTE interactive music format is demonstrated and explained. During Symposium participants form groups (composer, performer, musicologist) to develop ideas for future presentations and outreach. Most creative “initiators” from each Symposium will receive peer coaching from FACDIM for 2 months and final projects created will be assessed by all partners with 2 per city chosen for performance in Clubhouses 3 months later. Club members choose winning projects to recommend to other Clubhouse centres throughout Europe. Final press conference also planned.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Mentally Sick members of Clubhouse centres, their families and friends in Rome, Milan, Munich plus staff and assistants in the centres. Young music professionals (and women composers) who will learn essential techniques to reach out and build bridges between contemporary creativity and “excluded communities” through interactive live music events.Contemporary composers who need to create face to face with different audience. Media to raise awareness of importance of music for the mind

What makes your idea stand apart?

Creation of a project linking Women in Music and the Mentally Sick. Creative musical activity and its complex relation to society are poorly recognized. By involving the mentally sick in interactive live music we underline this activity offers new perspectives, challenging the individual to understand and live in complexity with access to a different musical landscape. Encouraging young music professionals to use skills in an increasingly complex societal set up where they can make a difference.

€ 48000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 54000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Office expenses 4.000,00 Travel Costs 3.750,00 Accommodation and subsistence 2.160,00 Event costs and Performing Rights 4.740,00 Musicians Fees, Honoraries, Insurance 8.550,00 Promotion and publicity 8.000,00 Video 2.800,00 Personnel costs 20,000,00


Fondazione Adkins Chiti_ Donne in Musica

Idea created on March 2, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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