chapter  15
Musical Hospitality
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SMART is a hospitable place, and Smart Music takes place in the café, amid the bustle of people chatting, eating and drinking. The weekly music group has an ethic of unconditional welcome at its core – not only welcome to people, but also with the idea that music itself is welcoming. The event is a fusion between a music therapy group (open to anyone, with their music and their problems and struggles) and an ‘open-mic’ session (open to people’s music and talent). Patients drop in from the next-door psychiatric hospital, members of the public drop in for a coffee, a postman occasionally stays to sing.