Musicians Artists At Risk Resettlement Scheme

Musicians Artists at Risk Resettlement Scheme.

NOTE:This scheme was originally set up in response to Afghan Crisis through collaborative work with www.icfam.info. Due to newly arrived musicians from other countries reaching out to us we are also supporting people from many countries wishing to avail of support through music. A guitar club has recently been set up in partnership with Rock n Roll Workshop.

A special thanks to Gary Lightbody Foundation, Danelectro Guitars and all those who have donated.

“We’re amazed at what you are doing in response to the Afghan Crisis and the refugees from different countries arriving to our shores. Even though we may speak different languages, have different cultures, we all can speak the language of music – something which is far more powerful than any lines in the sand. As an organization we are delighted to be a part of it in a small way." Tom - UK distributor for Danelectro

Afghanistan Page (with links to past, present future information)

Expression of intererest form (Arts Organisations Hosting a Placement)

Register of interest form (Hosting Person/s Accommodation)

UK Campaign to Protect Afghan Musicians Website

International Campaign for Afghanistan's Musicians

MARRS is managed by volunteers but there are ongoing logistic costs to meet the needs of those we are helping. You can donate HERE

To donate a guitar to the Guitar Club contact leif@rocknrollworkshop.com    We are also accepting all types of music instruments.

MARRS aims to

  • Assist to identify placements within the creative sector (business and community)
  • Temporary housing in the home of family/individual up to the period of one year
  • Further long term housing opportunities as part of a developing participatory shared housing scheme. This is where both settled/indigenous communities and refugees work together to enable the build or refurbishment of homes.
  • Opportunities to collaborate & integrate into the music sector as part of UNESCO City of Music. (regional)

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and members of ICFAM have been assisting communication and lobbying regarding MARRS

A Guitar Club has been set up in Northern Ireland for those in Asylum Seeking or Refugee status. Clubs have started in Belfast with Cookstown, Ards clubs starting in January and other areas to follow. The Guitar Club is a Beyond Skin and Rock 'n' Rock Workshop project working also with many agencies helping Asylum Seekers & Refugees. This includes Mears, Barnardos, Extern, Bryson House, South Belfast Roundtable, Yallaa, NI Hwatt, ESOL NI.

MARRS and The Guitar Club was born out of International Campaign For Afghanistan's Musicians https://www.icfam.info