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WAR DIVIDES, MUSIC CONNECTS
Using music to bridge divides, connect communities,
and heal the wounds of war and conflict.
WHO WE ARE (2:53)
‘You may be poor, you may only have a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope.’
Nelson Mandela

Where war has raged, people need everything to return to life: food, water, shelter, clothing, medicine. But more than anything, people need hope. To reconcile, people need empathy. To heal, people need connection and community.

Music creates empathy, builds connection and gives hope.

Who We Are
‘If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.’
Jimi Hendrix

Since 1999, we’ve been using the power of music for peace-building, connecting people, empowering musicians as social activists, and training local youth as change-makers.

Our long-term commitment allows our participants the time to develop skills and talents, process grief and loss, and build bridges of reconciliation in societies divided by recent or ongoing conflict.

Our mission is to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war using the power of music.
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April 18, 2017 program news
Mixed band Proximity Mine are from Mitrovica (Kosovo), a city completely divided by war. They are setting an example to their generation, and they need your help.
May 30, 2017 event
MwB director Laura Hassler will deliver the keynote "Volunteering: Passion, Vision & Following one’s Life" at the National Volunteer Management Conference in Sligo, Ireland.
April 20, 2017 program news
On May 27th, thirty young leaders from our partner organization in Uganda, Alive Medical Services (AMS), will graduate from Musicians without Borders’ training as Community Music Leaders. The graduation event will be the culmination of four weeks of training through the past year, during which they have learnt skills to lead groups in drumming, singing, song-writing, dance, and musical play.
April 20, 2017 program news
Next month Musicians Without Borders, at the invitation of our partner organization WE-ACTx for Hope, will begin training a group of 15 young people to be Community Music Leaders in Kigali, Rwanda. The young leaders from WE-ACTx for Hope are called “peer parents” as they act as mentors to children and youth from the organization. The training will run over 4 periods through the coming year.