- We are mainly working on the correlation between music and health, how playing or participating in musical activities can benefit your physical, mental and social health. The Field Band Foundation helps create empowered, healthy and self-confident young people who are able to contribute to a vibrant society. We are using music as a tool to achieve this goal, says participant in the PULSE project Sofie Hjertevik.
The Norwegian Band Federation (NMF) and The Field Band Foundation (FBF) will exchange music and health workers between Norway and South Africa for the benefit of both organisations and their communities. Musical activities are used as innovative tools to promote a progressive understanding of health with focus on social inclusion for all people and an understanding that health is more than just the absence of disease. In South Africa, members of PULSE are working to raise disability awareness among band leaders so as to help people with disabilities to be included in bands. Anyone who wants to join a field band should be allowed to, regardless of any disability. By making field bands all- inclusive, staff and participants alike become more accustomed to integrating with different people, thus creating more open society. In field bands, people are not defined by their disabilities.
Simultaneously, the four PULSE members on exchange in Norway are working to bring children of migrant families into Norwegian school bands. When a child joins a school band in Norway, the parents are often involved and participate in practical tasks or logistics. The idea is to help migrant families and children integrate into Norwegian society, partly through playing in the band and participaiting in band activities.
Watch the film of the PULSE participants in Bergen