i-DAT has produced thesongrooms.org for Rosetta Life. thesongrooms.org is a new web 2.0 online music composition, recording and archiving site that enables marginalised young people with terminal illness to make music and upload it to a website where others can share the pool of sounds and add to it. Musical workshops lead by top professional musicians are taking place at children’s hospices in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the UK. Leading musicians including Sandi Thom, Karine Polwart and Ricky Rankin have agreed to lend their skills to making the top tracks as successful as possible. By July 2008, thesongrooms.org aims to reach more than 6,000 children and young people in hospices and hospitals, as well as involving 12,000 online users from a wider public audience including primary and secondary schools.

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