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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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February 22, 2018 press release
Safety is a guiding principle that steers our work with communities affected by war and armed conflict: to ensure a safe space for everyone who participates in our programs.
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April 23, 2018 photo album
At the weekend, a new training course in MwB Community Music Leadership began in Rwanda's Eastern Province, led entirely by a team of Rwandan musicians and community leaders trained by Musicians without Borders. The trainees are 20 community members (aged 13-50) who are engaged with supporting young people facing limited opportunities due to poverty, illiteracy, rural unemployment, gender based violence, and formerly living as street children. This training shares the skills and experience developed since 2010 at our partner WE-ACTx for Hope, and is organised with the organisation Ready for Reading.
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April 23, 2018 photo album
Last weekend, we returned to the Landesmusikakademie NRW to provide training to musicians who work with refugee communities in Germany.
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April 20, 2018 video
In March, MwB trainers led rap workshops with unaccompanied refugee youth in collaboration with SOS Children's Villages Italy. Together, they wrote and performed their own rap.
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