COMMUNITY ORGANISATION AWARD FOR RACE, RELIGION & FAITH –
Musicians in Exile are a community project for asylum seeking and refugee musicians formed by The Glasgow Barons, an orchestra for Govan. Through city wide flyering in Kurdish, Arabic, Farsi and English, and direct contact with agencies such as the Red Cross and Govan Community Project, they find asylum seeking musicians, offering travel expenses and weekly rehearsal space donated by Govan Housing Association. As many asylum seekers fled without their instruments, these are purchased where possible and given to the musicians on long term loan. Once every two months they perform in The Grand Ole Opry, providing a regular goal and presenting musicians to the wider public. Legally forbidden to work, this simple yet powerful project offers uses the universal language of music to communicate, bridge cultural and language barriers, and offer its participants a chance to give back to their host communities.