With support from Signatur Foundation Sweden, Songlines can strengthen its programme in the county of Stockholm by offering young refugees in Sweden access to integrated music activities, mixed with language learning and cooking. The ambition is to help bridge cultural gaps and provide the opportunity to join a new society.
Songlines started in 2017 and has been funded by the Swedish Legacy Fund, implemented by Jeunesses Musical Sweden (JMS). Since then, the well-known artist Sting donated the full prize money he received for the Polar Music Prize to Songlines, and the project also won the Music Award of the Future. Songlines aims to welcome young refugees in Sweden and give them the opportunity to express themselves through culture and music in an inclusive environment. The project creates meeting spaces and team-building inclusive activities and implements the idea of everyone taking part. Together we create the society we want. This is why Songlines works to instil hope and give young people the opportunity to connect through culture and music. The collaboration with JMS ended in December 2019 but the project is continuing in Stockholm through Signatur Foundation Sweden and Länsmusiken in the county of Stockholm.