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Associazione Prima Materia, founded in 1993 in Tuscany, Italy, is a registered association for social promotion, dedicated to the development of expressive and performing arts, principally music, as instruments of empowerment for social and cultural change, to contrast discrimination and emargination, and to promote inclusion, integration and dialogue. This objective is pursued by means of the following structures and strategies:
- the community music project “Musicatoio”, open to the entire community;
- the Music Therapy Clinic for children, adolescents and adults, offering prevention, rihabilitation and care in collaboration with public social and health services;
- development of exchange programmes for social solidarity, at local, regional, national and international level, using community music methodologies.
- research in community music pedagogy and community music therapy for diverse contests of application;
- promotion of performing and expressive arts through concerts, theatre, dance, cinema, multimedial events, installations and exhibitions, with particular attention to the promotion of young artists and new works of art;
- organization of formation courses, masterclasses, workshops, seminars, conferences;
- participation in festivals, conferences and networking at local, regional, national and international level.
The association is supported at a local level by the municipality of Montespertoli, with the concession of the arts centre which houses “Musicatoio”. Prima Materia is responsible for the organisation of the sharing of the building with other associations, including a circus school, a yoga school, Montespertoli “Transition Town” Movement, Zefiro social cooperative, providing the local community with socio-cultural resources
At a regional level, Prima Materia is supported by the Province of Florence and the region of Tuscany. Partnerships have included many municipalities throughout Italy, the region of Puglia, many national and international peace organizations, music and cultural associations throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, and international recognition of the project “Music and Resilience” has been confirmed by the International Music Council, through the “Musical Rights Award 2013”, and the World Forum of Music.
Prima Materia is a member of the Florence Territorial Forum for International Cooperation, for the development of systems of international cooperation promoting interculture, world health and education.