Singing provides a form of self-expression, comfort, and solidarity for participants – a stark contrast to the turmoil and uncertainty they face in their situation as refugees. In turn, it also serves to increase understanding, awareness, and acceptance of asylum-seekers and their plight in the community.
The only project of its kind in Australia, Scattered People uses the innovative approach of participatory music-making to not only achieve positive outcomes for participants, providing an opportunity for self-expression, the development of a healthy self-identity, and the opportunity to meaningfully contribute, but also to enrich artistic and cultural identity by bringing the diverse sounds and stories of the participants and their home countries to the community.
Leading Australian musicians and technicians are lending their support to the album production and a pro-bono video documentary is being made, showing the creation of the music and the production of the album. Pink Floyd management has given permission for use of “on the turning away” song, and this has been recorded by a refugee to Australia.