MaMuMi “Mapping the Music of Migration” is a two-year European, Erasmus+ musical inheritance project focused on talking about music and song as a tool for intercultural competency. It involves the collection, editing and uploading of “Song Stories”, stories about music to an interactive app. These stories focus on “inheritance tracks”; the songs or music that migrants have inherited, the discussion of which acts as a platform for diversity awareness in dedicated MaMuMi “Song Worlds” Workshops’.

Project aim

The project aims to use the technique of storytelling in music as a tool to counter
negative stereotypes and to open up a space of intercultural communication and awareness.

Specific Objectives 

To give migrants a space where they can use music to tell their song stories and so bolster self-esteem and importance in a new or unwelcome environment; 

To offer staff working in NGOs with migrants a tool (the MaMuMi workshop) which will enable deeper understanding of their clients;

The Music Migration Map will be a free to use interactive app that will evidence migrant stories and journeys.

Results

Histories and emotional pasts

Increased understanding of the histories and emotional pasts of migrants.

Increased understanding

Increased understanding for migrants of NGOs’ pasts (as trainers will be invited to partake in the workshops too, providing their own song stories – although these will not be mapped on the app).

Visibility of specific migration journeys

Visibility of specific migration journeys narrated by migrants themselves via the MaMuMi method of talking about song.

MaMuMi Audio Collection (Case Studies)

This audio collection stores the MaMuMi song stories in one accessible digital archive. It is an innovative audio library of song stories. The output has high transferability potential; individual stories can be accessed and used by NGOs, policy makers and arts organisations to illustrate individual stories around migration. Its expected impact is in its capacity to affect change in attitudes towards migrants and to provide evidence of shared histories and experiences amongst migrant groups in host nations.

Music Migration Map (App)

The MaMuMi Music Workshops will deliver individual stories about music and song. These stories will be added to a virtual map. When the user clicks on a place, they will hear the story (and clips of the song) and trace that individual’s migration journey, from and to their current location. Individuals will remain anonymous (unless they indicate otherwise). The Interactive App will be suitable for phone, tablet and computer.