Clinical studies have shown the power of the drum to relax the tense, energize the tired, and heal the emotionally wounded.
Since it’s inception, Drum Cafe has harnessed the healing power of interactive drumming to sponsor or assist in philanthropic projects around the globe. A Traditional Orchestra in South Africa, performances to raise funds for SOS Villages in India via Esprit, Children’s Wish Foundation and other child-based charities in Europe and the USA, human rights awareness through Nelson Mandela Day in London and the USA, events for the deaf and chronically ill.
When the devastating Tsunami struck Japan in March 2011, Drum Cafe launched the Nico Nico Smile Project – a rehabilitation initiative that traveled to the Tsunami devastated areas of Japan, bringing joy and recuperation to the traumatized communities. We sent 4 people, including a clinical psychologist to run free, facilitated, interactive group drumming sessions in schools, hospitals and shelters with a goal to treat 4000 people per month. Today, Drum Cafe Japan continues to visit schools and shelters in the Tsunami affected areas and has set up a special NPO (http://www.drumcafe.jp/npo/) to facilitate continuity – one beat, one community at a time. See this video of the work.
Also, check this video with Drum Cafe and Linkin Park working with Save The Children on this program (we come in at 4 min. mark) (Linkin Park video)
The definition of Philanthropy differs from Charity as philanthropy attempts to nourish and repair in addition to donating money or things.
Corporations and individuals can utilize Drum Cafe’s “Drum it Forward” program whereby you buy one Drum Cafe program and donate one Drum Cafe experience or series of programs, to a local school or group with special needs. Client representatives may join Drum Cafe to present the program.
If you would like to partner with us in a philanthropic gesture, or if you think your organization qualifies for a free event, please contact our office to discuss possibilities.