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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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August 21, 2017 program news
Meet the students who will take part in our summer school this week in Skopje.
August 26, 2017 event
Seven ethnically mixed Mitrovica Rock School bands will perform their own songs, celebrating its 10th annual inter-ethnic summer schools and nine years of successfully bringing together youth at the Mitrovica Rock School.
September 12, 2017 event
In this presentation, MwB founder and director Laura Hassler explores the role of the arts in shining light on the contradictions of our societies, and the potential of music to help address the loss of home, culture and identity for people on the move.
August 8, 2017 program news
We would like to share with you a short update on our Palestine Community Music activities from January-July 2017.