The project —

Giving young refugees a chance
to take music lessons at a Belgian music school!

What exactly does The Sound of Home do?

The Sound of Home pays – for a maximum of 150 young refugees – the full amount of the enrolment fees for one year of lessons at a music school. The Sound Of Home also covers the rental of an instrument and the cost of the course materials for 1 school year.*

* refer to ‘Conditions’ page

The Sound of Home introduces refugee centres, guardians and companions of young refugees to local music schools – and vice versa.

The Sound of Home endeavours to establish structural incentives for young refugees to participate in the DKO (Deeltijds Kunstonderwijs – part-time arts education) and ESAHR (Enseignement secondaire artistique à horaire réduit – reduced hours secondary arts education).


Who is eligible?

Anyone between the ages of 8 and 25 years who has started the
asylum procedure and is entitled to material support or has been
recognised as a refugee for a maximum of 1 year.*

* This condition applies to young people who participated in the first edition of The Sound Of Home. The Sound Of Home wants to encourage these past students to continue with their music lessons. If they are given a residency permit during the school year, they will still be eligible for the Sound of Home’s financial assistance for as long as the project continues to run.

What does the financial assistance involve?

Number of candidates. The Sound Of Home’s budget is sufficient to allow the enrolment of a maximum of 150 young people.

Enrolment fees. The Sound Of Home has based its calculations on the rates that the DKO and ESAHR have set per age group. If the enrolment fees are higher at a private music school, then either the refugee centre will pay the extra expense or the music school will offer a discount.

Course materials. The Sound Of Home will reimburse the cost of the course materials on submission of a valid invoice.

Music instrument. The Sound Of Home will provide music instruments for all students.

Who does what?


What does The Sound Of Home do?

The Sound of Home …

  • provides information about the project
  • lobbies the government
  • seeks financial means for the continuation of the project
  • recruits candidates for the upcoming editions
  • connects students/refugee centres with music teacher/music school
  • pays the enrolment fees
  • pays for the use of the instrument through the music school, MusicFund or Maene or private individuals
  • pays for the course materials
What does the music school do?

The music school …

  • takes steps to join the project and demonstrates
    flexibility with respect to the specific target group. This means:

    • allows a student to start immediately with learning an instrument
      without first having to study music theory.
    • takes a creative approach to language barriers.
    • demonstrates empathy to the fact that taking music is not
      always a priority for young people. Often, the basic needs of the
      young person have not yet been met and he/she is still in the
      phase of working through trauma.
  • attends the ‘Working with the target group’ workshop organised
    by The Sound Of Home.
  • provides the contact person at The Sound Of Home with the contact
    information for its own contact person.
  • makes a commitment to carry out an intake interview with
    the companion and the young person at the music school.
  • actively maintains the relationship with the student and companion from the refugee centre. This means:
    • personalised reception at the music school’s open door day
    • guided tour of the music school
    • organising a trial lesson
    • maintaining contact with the companion during the school year
  • agrees that – when a student stops – the place that has come free can be filled again by another student.
  • is willing to let a new student begin halfway through the school year.
What does the companion from the refugee centre do?

The companion from the refugee centre …

  • provides the young people with information about the project
  • assists in registering the young people on the website
  • assumes responsibility for the first contact with the music school
  • ensures that any interested young person at an open door day at the nearest music school gets to know the new area
  • ensures that the young person gets to and from the music school every week
  • accompanies the student to the first music lesson
  • encourages the young people to continue going to the lessons
  • contacts the music school and, if necessary, The Sound Of Home, if the student quits so that a solution can be found

The Sound of Home — Participating refugee centres and music schools (2017 – 2018)